Keep a Healthy Mind with the Employee Assistance Program

by Miranda Brooks 13. July 2021 14:15

Now more than ever, our physical health is extremely important. But in difficult times like these, mental health is just as important. 

We have an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) that gives you the tools and resources you need to help deal with life’s challenges – any time, day or night. 

It provides valuable services focused on a range of concerns, including finding elder or child care, educational information about everyday topics, and ways to improve your emotional health and wellness. 

Through the program, licensed professionals are available to provide confidential support and guidance by phone 

  • Managing stress 
  • Handling relationship issues 
  • Balancing work and life 
  • Quitting tobacco, alcohol or drug use 
  • Caring for children or aging parents 
  • Dealing with conflict or violence 
  • Working through grief and loss issues 
  • Controlling depression and anxiety ​

EAP is available to you and your family 24/7 by phone at 1-800-854-1446 or online at unum.com/lifebalance.​

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Top 5 Summer Safety Tips

by Miranda Brooks 12. July 2021 08:46

During the summer, the sun is stronger than ever. Help protect yourself from heat exhaustion, sunburn, dehydration, and more with these quick summer tips:

  1. Stay hydrated. Sip water throughout the day to avoid dehydration and heat stress. Try keeping a bottle of water in your cupholder as a reminder.
  2. Rest when needed. If you’re feeling overheated, take a break in a cool spot. The sun and heat can zap your energy quickly this time of year.
  3. Put on sunscreen. Even when your windows are rolled up, the sun beating through the glass can burn you. Be sure to use SPF 50 or above, especially on your arms and face.
  4. Avoid caffeine and sugar. Caffeine and sugar can dehydrate you. If you need an energy boost, reach for some unsweetened tea or a healthy snack.
  5. Wear sunglasses. Polarized sunglasses with high UV protection can help protect your eyes from the summer sun as it reflects off the road, bodies of water, or other vehicles.

Stay safe out there, and keep up the good work.

 

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Per Diem Advantage

by Miranda Brooks 10. July 2021 09:32

As you likely know, with the introduction of a 2018 tax law, you may no longer itemize work expenses for tax purposes. But there is good news: the IRS now allows you to keep $66 of your earnings per day tax-free as a professional truck driver.

U.S. Xpress Per Diem Advantage makes sure you get the full advantage of this  IRS benefit, allowing you to potentially take home up to 8% more per pay check.

How does it work? Check out our video for the details and an example of what you could be taking home on Per Diem Advantage.

Don't forget, since the 2018 tax law went into effect, U.S. Xpress Per Diem Advantage is now the only way you can get a tax-free IRS benefit.

You should keep in mind that everyone's tax situation is a little different, and you can visit www.usxjobs.com/per-diem-advantage-pay-calculator/​ to get an estimate that closely matches your individual circumstances. We also recommend that you talk with a tax professional if you're still unsure about whether Per Diem Advantage is right for you.

If you're ready to enroll in Per Diem Advantage, you can sign up in three easy ways:

Enter a Payroll Setup Macro 53 on DriverTech and type "Y" behind "DO YOU ELECT TO PARTICIPATE IN PER DIEM ADVANTAGE".

Call your Fleet Support Manager or Account Supervisor.

Call 1-844-USXPRESS and speak to a Payroll team member by selecting Option #5.​

 

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Check Your Pay Status on XM

by Miranda Brooks 9. July 2021 09:31

We know driving is hard work, so we’re making it easy to check your pay status quickly and conveniently with the Xpress Mobile app. Simply select Payroll in the app’s menu, then select “Pay Status” to view your payroll information on trips missing paperwork, trips pending payment, and current mileage rate and bonuses. 

Have any questions? Please reach out to your manager. 

Don’t have the Xpress Mobile app? Visit www.usxpressway.com​ to register for a username, then head to the App Store or Google Play to download the app on your device. 

Thanks for driving with us! ​

 

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$4,000 with One Text? It’s Possible.

by Miranda Brooks 8. July 2021 09:27

Right now, with our Driver Referral Program, you can refer a new hire (not a previous U.S. Xpress driver) and earn some major cash:

  • $2,000 for every experienced Solo Driver.
  • $4,000 for every experienced Team.

Have someone in mind? Text “Refer” to (423) 436-9588, and our virtual assistant will guide you through the rest, making sure your reference is contacted and, if hired, making sure you get paid. 

You’ll receive your bonus once the new hire delivers their first load as a U.S. Xpress driver. Though the Driver Referral Bonus is open to U.S. Xpress company drivers only, there’s no limit to how many referrals you can make.

Thanks for your help! We can’t wait to meet all the great drivers you bring to the table.

 

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

by Miranda Brooks 6. July 2021 09:20

​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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Access Your ELDs Right from Your Phone.

by Miranda Brooks 5. July 2021 08:18

As you know, during an inspection, you’re responsible for showing your HOS logs and knowing the functions related to a roadside inspection from within your DriverTech unit. But do you know how to access the information on your mobile device? It’s easy.

  • Step 1: Enable airplane mode on your mobile device.
  • Step 2: Open WiFi settings on your mobile device.
  • Step 3: Connect to your personal DriverTech network. It will be “DT” followed by your personal device number.
  • Step 4: Enter the password “drivertech”.
  • Step 5: Select sign-in prompt or navigate to ra.drivertech.com on your web browser. It may take a few moments for your device to connect.

Now you’re directly connected to DriverTech, and your mobile device is acting as your ELD display screen. Go ahead and hand it to the DOT officer so they can complete your inspection. Then just like that – you’re back on the road!

 

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Happy 4th of July!

by Miranda Brooks 4. July 2021 08:14

Fireworks, parades, hot dogs, and time in the sun. That’s right – it’s the Fourth of July! Whether you’re at home with friends and family or out on the road, we hope your celebration doesn’t disappoint. 

But as we’re all enjoying the holiday, it’s important to remember what we’re celebrating: the freedom of our country that we owe to the brave men and women who have fought to protect it. So, today, take a moment to recognize all our veterans and active service members for their sacrifices, their service, and our freedom. 

Happy Independence Day! 

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Blue Beacon Partnership- Get a Free Truck Wash!

by Miranda Brooks 3. July 2021 09:29

Did you know U.S. Xpress company drivers can wash their trucks and trailers for free every 28 days/4 weeks at any U.S. Xpress shop or Blue Beacon location? It’s true. 

For Blue Beacon washes, all you need to do is pull up to a location, provide your truck number, show your CDL and sign a wash ticket. The wash includes a cab wash as well as a trailer wash. We highly encourage you to wash the trailer while you’re at it – don’t worry, that’s free too. Please note, you must show your CDL and sign in.

If you have any questions about your free truck wash, contact the XRA/Breakdown Department at 844-879-7737 option 4, then option 2.​​

 

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Earn up to $2,500 When You Refer a Diesel Mechanic

by Miranda Brooks 2. July 2021 17:11

As drivers, you know our Diesel Mechanics are vital in allowing you to earn money and deliver customers’ freight safely and on time. And in our Shippensburg, Springfield, Ellenwood, and Irving shops, we need more of them to help keep you rolling.

But where do we find the best Diesel Mechanics? We’re hoping you can help us. So, we’re upping the ante on our technician referral bonus. Now, if you refer someone in any of the above locations you can earn:

  • $1,500 for your 1st recruit
  • $2,000 for your 2nd recruit
  • $2,500 for your 3rd recruit (and each one after)

There’s even something in it for the new recruit – a $2,000 sign-on bonus!

Making a referral for a different location? You can still earn some extra cash – $1,200 for your first recruit, $1,500 for your second, and $1,800 for your third (and fourth, and fifth, and…).

Know someone who would be a good fit? Refer them today. 

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