Scan in Your Paperwork from the Safety of Your Cab

by Miranda Brooks 6. April 2021 11:50

Have you tried the scanning feature in your Xpress Mobile App? If not, this is a great time to start using it. Why?  

It’s Convenient.

You can scan and view your paperwork from anywhere.

It’s Instant.

The app allows you to skip the lines for scanners so you can get back on the road sooner. 

It’s Easy.

If you already have the Xpress Mobile App, everything you need is already on your phone. 

It helps keep you safe. 

Since most drivers on the road have to scan in paperwork, scanners are often some of the more frequently touched items in our facilities and at truck stops. In the era of COVID-19, that’s the kind of thing you should be avoiding. Not to mention standing close to others as you wait in line for the scanner. When you use your app, you don’t even have to leave your cab. Just remember to disinfect your phone on a regular basis. 

Don’t have the Xpress Mobile App? Go to www.USXpressway.com click on "Xpress Mobile App" to download it today.

Feel free to reach out to your manager if you have any questions.

Stay safe, drivers. We appreciate all you do!

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Help Us Help You! Rate our 40,000 Parking Locations.

by Miranda Brooks 5. April 2021 08:53

You can now easily locate a safe parking location on your route right from your DriverTech navigation. Simply press the blue road sign button on your DriverTech navigation screen, select “Parking”, and your DriverTech unit will then begin searching for options based on your current route. When the search is complete, up to four optimal parking options will display on your screen, and you can select the one that best suits your needs. 

Our goal is to ultimately provide you with the best possible suggestions for parking locations on your route, so we need your feedback! When you visit one of these 40,000 parking locations, please take a few minutes to rate your experience based on the following categories:

  • Safety
  • Cleanliness
  • Lighting 
  • Ease of Accessibility 
  • Lot Fullness

Coming soon, your ratings will be used to create average driver ratings for each location, so that you will be able to view how your fellow drivers have rated a suggested parking location before you select it. Your ratings on these locations will help us provide you with the best future suggestions, fueled by your collective feedback.

If you have any questions about locating or rating parking in your DriverTech navigation, reach out to your manager. Thanks for driving with us!

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Volunteer Spotlight: Jill O’Daniel

by Miranda Brooks 4. April 2021 15:51

April is National Volunteer Month. How are we celebrating? By highlighting some of the men and women on our team who are devoted to giving back to their communities. First up is Collections Coordinator Jill O’Daniel who has spent over 20 years volunteering with the Ronald McDonald House. 

Q: Tell us a little bit about your role at the Ronald McDonald House.

A: I currently serve on the Board of Directors for the Chattanooga, TN based Ronald McDonald House. I’m the chairperson for the Fund Development Committee and the Volunteer Coordinator for our annual golf tournament. I also volunteer once a month at the house to help families check in, answer phones, cook a meal, or whatever else is needed during my shift. 

Q: For those who aren’t familiar with the Ronald McDonald House, can you tell us a little bit about what they do? 

A: We’re a home away from home for families with a critically ill or injured child undergoing inpatient or outpatient treatment. The Chattanooga, TN branch of the organization serves families from 21 surrounding counties. Within the house there are 28 individual rooms for families. While they’re there, we provide a warm meal each evening, laundry facilities, and more. In 2020 we served 1,229 children and provided 2,871 nights for their families. Though the average cost is $75.00/night, most families can’t afford that. So, we ask them to pay $10.00 per night or do a household chore as their payment. To help us cover the rest of the cost, we count on corporate/individual sponsors, allowing us to save families $430,650 during their time at the Ronald McDonald House. There is also a Ronald McDonald House family room inside Erlanger hospital. Anyone staying at the hospital can use this facility to come to have a snack, wash clothes, or just rest.

Q: What’s your favorite part of being involved with this charity?

A: Knowing families are close to their children when their child is sick. The house is filled with so much love and people who care. It’s truly the house that love built. 

As a driver, you’re serving communities across the country every day. But if you want to get involved in a different way, this is a great time to do it! To find volunteer opportunities near you, just visit volunteermatch.org. 

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PTO, Home Time, and Macro 1s: Here Are the Latest DriverTech Updates.

by Miranda Brooks 3. April 2021 15:50

You know it better than anyone, being a driver is more than just driving. You have a lot of other things to do, many of which involved your DriverTech unit. That’s why over the past few months, we’ve been working towards a new interface – one that is simple to use so you can get back out on the road making money.  

In the most recent update, we added a functionality to select home time or PTO and check the status of your request (approved, pending, etc.) without ever having to pick up the phone. 

We also made a change to your Macro 1. Now, you can bobtail into a location without entering the trailer number. If you’re not bobtailing, just click “I’m not bobtailing” – easy as that!

To get more details, just tap the “new” icon on your DriverTech home screen. 

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COVID-19: Staying Safe

by Miranda Brooks 2. April 2021 15:47

Vaccines are becoming available to more and more people across the country every day. But positive COVID cases are actually on the rise. So, we can’t emphasize enough the importance of staying safe and taking the proper precautions for the benefit of yourself, your team, and your loved ones.

Remember, if you feel ill or have been in close contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19, please get tested as soon as possible and watch carefully for a fever (100.4◦F), cough, loss of smell, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.

To get tested for the virus, visit a nearby state or county health department’s website for testing updates and restrictions. Keep in mind, some areas require you to be a state or county resident to be tested. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) offers a great resource to find that information.

Remember, you are required to wear a face covering at any U.S. Xpress facility, including all offices, shops, terminals, and Dedicated locations. We also urge you to take breaks in your cab (when possible) instead of using driver lounges or other shared spaces.

Being vaccinated can also help protect you and those around you. If you are eligible to receive the vaccination, visit www.vaccinefinder.org to find a clinic, pharmacy, or other distribution location.

Additional Resources:

Centers for Disease Control: Stay up to date on the latest news from the CDC on their COVID-19 homepage as they continue to learn more about the virus, how it spreads, and more.

Flu Shot Voucher: With this voucher you can get a free flu shot at any Walmart or Sam’s Club Pharmacy.

Essential Worker Letter: If you are considered an essential worker, you can present this letter to officials to verify your status.

CDC Safety Guidelines: These recommendations will help keep you safe and protect others from the spread of COVID-19.

CDC COVID Case Tracker: The CDC provides maps, charts, and data that allow you to track COVID-19 cases and deaths nationally, by state, or locally.

Employee Assistance Program: Our EAP offers a wide range of services including ways to improve and manage your emotional health and wellness during this difficult time.

Vaccination Locator: If you are ready and able to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, this resource makes it easy to find a convenient location.

 

Thank you for your hard work and dedication during this uncertain time.

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PTO, Home Time, and Macro 1s: Here Are the Latest DriverTech Updates.

by Miranda Brooks 1. April 2021 15:51

You know it better than anyone, being a driver is more than just driving. You have a lot of other things to do, many of which involved your DriverTech unit. That’s why over the past few months, we’ve been working towards a new interface – one that is simple to use so you can get back out on the road making money.  

In the most recent update, we added a functionality to select home time or PTO and check the status of your request (approved, pending, etc.) without ever having to pick up the phone. 

We also made a change to your Macro 1. Now, you can bobtail into a location without entering the trailer number. If you’re not bobtailing, just click “I’m not bobtailing” – easy as that!

To get more details, just tap the “new” icon on your DriverTech home screen. 

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COVID-19: Staying Safe

by Miranda Brooks 1. April 2021 15:50

Vaccines are becoming available to more and more people across the country every day. But positive COVID cases are actually on the rise. So, we can’t emphasize enough the importance of staying safe and taking the proper precautions for the benefit of yourself, your team, and your loved ones.

Remember, if you feel ill or have been in close contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19, please get tested as soon as possible and watch carefully for a fever (100.4◦F), cough, loss of smell, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.

To get tested for the virus, visit a nearby state or county health department’s website for testing updates and restrictions. Keep in mind, some areas require you to be a state or county resident to be tested. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) offers a great resource to find that information.

Remember, you are required to wear a face covering at any U.S. Xpress facility, including all offices, shops, terminals, and Dedicated locations. We also urge you to take breaks in your cab (when possible) instead of using driver lounges or other shared spaces.

Being vaccinated can also help protect you and those around you. If you are eligible to receive the vaccination, visit www.vaccinefinder.org to find a clinic, pharmacy, or other distribution location.

Additional Resources:

Centers for Disease Control: Stay up to date on the latest news from the CDC on their COVID-19 homepage as they continue to learn more about the virus, how it spreads, and more.

Flu Shot Voucher: With this voucher you can get a free flu shot at any Walmart or Sam’s Club Pharmacy.

Essential Worker Letter: If you are considered an essential worker, you can present this letter to officials to verify your status.

CDC Safety Guidelines: These recommendations will help keep you safe and protect others from the spread of COVID-19.

CDC COVID Case Tracker: The CDC provides maps, charts, and data that allow you to track COVID-19 cases and deaths nationally, by state, or locally.

Employee Assistance Program: Our EAP offers a wide range of services including ways to improve and manage your emotional health and wellness during this difficult time.

Vaccination Locator: If you are ready and able to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, this resource makes it easy to find a convenient location.

 

Thank you for your hard work and dedication during this uncertain time.

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COVID-19: Staying Safe

by Miranda Brooks 1. April 2021 15:50

Vaccines are becoming available to more and more people across the country every day. But positive COVID cases are actually on the rise. So, we can’t emphasize enough the importance of staying safe and taking the proper precautions for the benefit of yourself, your team, and your loved ones.

Remember, if you feel ill or have been in close contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19, please get tested as soon as possible and watch carefully for a fever (100.4◦F), cough, loss of smell, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.

To get tested for the virus, visit a nearby state or county health department’s website for testing updates and restrictions. Keep in mind, some areas require you to be a state or county resident to be tested. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) offers a great resource to find that information.

Remember, you are required to wear a face covering at any U.S. Xpress facility, including all offices, shops, terminals, and Dedicated locations. We also urge you to take breaks in your cab (when possible) instead of using driver lounges or other shared spaces.

Being vaccinated can also help protect you and those around you. If you are eligible to receive the vaccination, visit www.vaccinefinder.org to find a clinic, pharmacy, or other distribution location.

Additional Resources:

Centers for Disease Control: Stay up to date on the latest news from the CDC on their COVID-19 homepage as they continue to learn more about the virus, how it spreads, and more.

Flu Shot Voucher: With this voucher you can get a free flu shot at any Walmart or Sam’s Club Pharmacy.

Essential Worker Letter: If you are considered an essential worker, you can present this letter to officials to verify your status.

CDC Safety Guidelines: These recommendations will help keep you safe and protect others from the spread of COVID-19.

CDC COVID Case Tracker: The CDC provides maps, charts, and data that allow you to track COVID-19 cases and deaths nationally, by state, or locally.

Employee Assistance Program: Our EAP offers a wide range of services including ways to improve and manage your emotional health and wellness during this difficult time.

Vaccination Locator: If you are ready and able to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, this resource makes it easy to find a convenient location.

 

Thank you for your hard work and dedication during this uncertain time.

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Inside the Lane: From Death Row to Driver

by Miranda Brooks 1. April 2021 09:57

In this special episode of Inside the Lane, you’ll hear from Road Team Captain Damon Thibodeaux, a current Variant driver who spent over 16 years behind bars for a crime he didn’t commit. As always, we’ll also have some trucker trivia, company news, and of course, a chance to win this week’s giveaway.

Tune in now and don’t forget to subscribe so you’ll never miss an episode.

 

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Congrats to February’s Drivers & Trainer of the Month!

by Miranda Brooks 31. March 2021 11:14

We think all U.S. Xpress drivers are some of the best Professional Truck Drivers out there. Every day you’re helping support the supply chain and keeping everyone in the country going, particularly during these uncertain times.

But we want to recognize a specific few of you who have been beyond Relentless. These drivers were nominated by their managers and chosen as winners by company leadership based on their outstanding safety records, hours of service compliance, and overall good reputation. Each of them will be recognized with a plaque, a $150 gift certificate to the company store, and an entry to become the 2021 Driver/Trainer of the Year.

Now let’s get to it! January’s winners are:

Bill F. – Dedicated Solo Driver of the Month

“Bill is one of the most dependable drivers on our account. We can always count on him to deliver on time and safely. He manages his time well and is very efficient. We’re lucky to have him on our team!” – Aven Sane, Account Supervisor

James B. & Dorothy S. – Dedicated Team Drivers of the Month

Maxwell T. – Dedicated Slipseat Driver of the Month

“Maxwell is a great driver. He’s always smiling and always has kind words for our office staff. He’s a great runner and team player! We love having him on our team.” – Laura Fridley, Transportation Manager

Inmar M. – Dedicated Owner Operator of the Month

“Inmar is an AMAZING DRIVER! He’s a reliable team player and a pleasure to have on the team – the definition of a GREAT driver.” – Laura Fridley, Transportation Manager

Ted V. – OTR Solo Driver of the Month

“Ted just celebrated his 10-year anniversary with U.S. Xpress last month. He’s an excellent driver we can always depend on. I would take a whole fleet of Ted’s if I could!” – Nick Hammons, Operations Manager

Michael T. & Bruce J. – OTR Team Drivers of the Month

“Michael and Bruce came to U.S. Xpress as team drivers a little over a year ago. Since then, we have built a strong relationship. We like to cut up a bit and keep each other up to date on our last fishing trips, when time allows. I can always count on Bruce and Michael. They’re a great example of what it takes to be a successful team.” – Brent Steele, Team Fleet Manager

Timothy L. – OTR Owner Operator of the Month

“Timothy is a patient, hardworking driver who has been with USX for over 21 years. He’s what we look for in the Lease Purchase program, a true business owner who goes above and beyond to service our customers for months at a time. Tim truly understands how our operations work and how to work through issues in logistics. He brings in an upwards of three thousand miles a week and is always pushing for more. He’s a huge asset to my fleet and easily one of my top performers.” – Christian Kayler, Fleet Support Manager

Eric L. – Trainer of the Month

“Eric has been with us for over 8 years and has made himself a valuable asset to U.S. Xpress.  He takes the time to train his students the right way, paying attention to safety, driving skills, and efficiency. When asked to do special tasks, he’s always willing to make it happen, helping teach student drivers how to be a team player. It’s a pleasure to have Eric on our team.”  – Brian Jacks, Transportation Manager

Join us in giving a big congratulations to all these drivers for their hard work, dedication, and Relentless attitude as they, and all of you, help keep us rolling.

 

 

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