Happy 4th of July!

by Miranda Brooks 4. July 2022 06:28

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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Road Warriors for Safety: Identifying & Managing Risks

by Miranda Brooks 2. July 2022 18:23

 We know that Professional Drivers encounter safety risks every day and we want you to be prepared when you do. This week in our Road Warrior video series, Driver Health Manager, Jared McNealy will help you identify and avoid potential risks found in your daily work routine. Check it out here https://vimeo.com/manage/videos/718357676/

 

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Per Diem Advantage

by Miranda Brooks 1. July 2022 18:18

As you likely know, with the current 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 paycheck.

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:

  1. Enter a Payroll Setup Macro 53 on DriverTech and type "Y" behind "DO YOU ELECT TO PARTICIPATE IN PER DIEM ADVANTAGE"
  2. Call your Fleet Support Manager or Account Supervisor
  3. Call 1-844-USXPRESS and speak to a Payroll team member by selecting Option #5.

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You’ve got opinions. We want to hear them.

by Miranda Brooks 30. June 2022 18:15

Professional drivers for U.S. Xpress and Variant can help shape the direction of our company by responding to a brief survey we recently sent to you via email. You can also accesst the survey below:

 U.S. Xpress drivers use this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/9HKVN8S

 Variant drivers use this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DX589BD  

The survey is open June 13-July 6. Taking the survey is fast, easy, and totally confidential. Most importantly, it will help us understand how to make our company a better place to work.

We’re always trying to get better in our mission to make goods move better, but we can’t do it without you.

If you have trouble accessing the survey, contact the Professional Development team at professionaldevelopment@usxpress.com.

You have until July 6 to share your thoughts on what we get right and where we fall short. We hope to hear from you.

 

 

 

 

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Congratulations to our May Drivers and Trainer of the Month

by Miranda Brooks 27. June 2022 09:58

Our professional drivers are some of the best out there. Day in and day out, your hard work keeps the supply chain running and the economy on track. That's no small feat.

We want to recognize a specific few of you who have gone above and beyond. 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 2022 Driver/Trainer of the Year.

May’s winners are:

  • Thomas B. - Dedicated Solo Driver of the Month
  • Joseph R. & Kristina S. - Dedicated Team Drivers of the Month
  • Christopher R. - Dedicated Slipseat Driver of the Month
  • Rafael G.- Dedicated Owner Operator Driver of the Month
  • Rodney L. - OTR Solo Driver of the Month
  • Thomas S. & Daniel V.- OTR Team Drivers of the Month
  • Michael W. - OTR Owner Operator Driver of the Month
  • Aaron G. - Variant Driver of the Month
  • Victor G.- Trainer of the Month

 


Join us in giving a big congratulations to all these folks for their hard work, dedication, and attitudes as they help keep us moving goods better every day.

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Get a free truck wash at Blue Beacon every 28 days

by Miranda Brooks 23. June 2022 15:43

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. 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. We highly encourage you to wash the trailer while you're at it – don't worry, that's free too. 

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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Need support? Chaplains are available 24/7 to assist.

by Miranda Brooks 22. June 2022 17:45

As part of our employee benefits, we partner with an organization called Corporate Chaplains of America, a completely voluntary program that gives you 24/7/365 access to confidential, permission-based help in daily life matters or times of crisis.

Whether they guide you to another company-provided resource, a community-based organization, or just act as someone to talk to, the chaplains are there to be a friend and support you and your family whenever possible, no matter your faith or background.

We know being out on the road is difficult, but chaplains are ready to help. Chaplains are available to talk virtually about stress-management, family or marriage support, conflict management, long-term grief, or anything else on your mind.

Chaplains are also available to help in-person when needed with things like:

  •  Hospital visits
  • Assisting in times of crisis
  • Mentoring
  • Joining you or family at court
  • Conducting funerals
  • Officiating weddings

Simply put, chaplains are available to care for you and your family, whether you’re at home or out on the road.

Ready to connect with a chaplain? Get started by downloading the My Chaplain App today.

 

Want to learn more about Corporate Chaplains of America? Click here or contact our HR team at HRservices@usxpress.com.

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Join us for lunch

by Miranda Brooks 21. June 2022 11:22

Just a reminder that Wednesday driver lunches are back at our terminals. Every Wednesday from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. local time, we’ll have a meal waiting for you at our terminals. All terminals are participating except for Olive Branch and Indianapolis. We hope to see you soon!

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Happy Father's Day

by Miranda Brooks 19. June 2022 08:02

They have the best jokes, give the best advice and we’re grateful for them today and every day. Please join us in wishing a very Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there. 

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Summer Safety Tips

by Miranda Brooks 18. June 2022 16:52

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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