Per Diem Advantage

by Miranda Brooks 14. August 2021 14:55

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 13. August 2021 14:49

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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Dallas, Here We Come.

by Miranda Brooks 11. August 2021 13:58

To help make goods move better every day, we’re moving our Irving service center to a more functional, convenient space for everyone. That’s right – by the end of September 2021, we’ll be all packed up and moved into our new Dallas location!

The new facility, located at 34511 LBJ Freeway, includes offices, a full shop, and driver amenities, all consolidated in one freshly remodeled building. Amenities include:

·        Easier access to truck routes.

·        Better traffic flow.

·        Improved efficiencies in maintenance, training, and parking.

·        A larger designated area in the yard for hands-on training.

·        A shop, office, training facility, driver lounge, and company store – all under one roof.

·        A full gym.

·        Fences and gates around the entire perimeter with keypad or badge entry.

·        Room for future expansion to accommodate any growth plans.

·        More amenities in the area surrounding the service center, like restaurants and entertainment.

Come by and see us if you’re ever in Texas!

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

by Miranda Brooks 10. August 2021 17:15

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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Happy Islamic New Year

by Miranda Brooks 9. August 2021 07:33

The celebration of Al-Hijri, the Islamic New Year, begins on August 9th and ends the evening of the 10th. Also known as Arabic New Year, the holiday marks the beginning of a new lunar Hijri year in the Islamic culture. The epoch of the Islamic era was set the year of the emigration of Muhammad and his followers from Mecca to Medina, known as the Hijra. Religious duties, such as prayer, fasting, pilgrimage, and significant celebrations, are all calculated according to the Islamic calendar.

 

To everyone celebrating, we wish you a happy Al-Hijra, and all the best in the coming year.  

 

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Cast Your Vote for the July Social Media Photo Contest Today!

by Miranda Brooks 8. August 2021 18:24

​Voting is underway for our July Social Media Photography Contest and you choose the winner! Head over to our Facebook (@USXpressDrivers) or Instagram (@us.xpressdrivers) by 12pm EST on Sunday, August 15th to vote for your favorite photo from the road submitted by a fellow driver.

We’re holding this photo each month all year long, so send us your best truck photo anytime for a chance to win a $50 paycheck bonus. And you just might see your photography featured on our Facebook, Instagram, Service Center TV screens, and more. Each month, we’ll compile the top submissions and let you pick the winner by voting for your favorite on Facebook and Instagram.

Here’s how it works:

  • Submit your photos by the last day of each month in 2021 through our Facebook page (@USXpressDrivers) or email your photos to us at usxcommunications@usxpress.com.
  • Voting will open at the beginning of the following month on Facebook and Instagram
  • The photo that receives the most votes wins!

Guidelines for Submissions:

  • We’re looking for great quality photos to feature. Here are some guidelines about what we’re looking for in a photo:
  • Resolution is at least 8 megapixels (default size on most phones).
  • File format is jpg (standard format on most phones).
  • Size is original or the largest setting.
  • Orientation is landscape (taken when phone is held on its side).​

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Blue Beacon Partnership- Get a Free Truck Wash!

by Miranda Brooks 7. August 2021 08:37

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 6. August 2021 08:30

As drivers, you know our Diesel Mechanics are vital in allowing you to earn money and deliver customers’ freight safely and on time. And 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 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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COVID Cases Continue to Rise

by Miranda Brooks 5. August 2021 08:28

COVID-19 is on the rise across the nation. As of Saturday, July 31st, the CDC reported a 44% increase in positive cases, a 41% increase in hospitalizations, and a 25% increase in deaths over the previous week.

On our team, there have been over 70 new positive COVID cases and three directly related deaths in the last six weeks. We mourn the loss of our colleagues and are wishing the best to those who have tested positive, particularly those hospitalized.

Your safety is our priority, but it is everyone’s responsibility to do their part. We ask that you follow all CDC guidelines, including practicing social distancing when possible, taking breaks in your cab instead of driver lounges or other common areas. Additionally, you are required to follow any guidelines set in place at any customer location.

Per recommendations from the broad healthcare community and other experts (including the CDC, Mayo Clinic, and many, many more), we remain convicted that the safest and fastest way to protect each other is to get vaccinated. If you are not yet vaccinated, please consider getting the shot(s) as soon as possible for your safety and the safety of those around you.

If you have questions or concerns about getting vaccinated, take a look at this Q&A with Dr. Andrea Willis, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee.

 

Stay tuned for more information as we continue assessing the best plan of action to keep everyone safe and healthy.

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Happy 230th Birthday, Coast Guard!

by Miranda Brooks 4. August 2021 10:23

The U.S. Coast Guard is a multi-mission, maritime, military service. Its mission is to protect the public, the environment, and U.S. economic interests in the nation's waterways, along the coast, on international waters, or in any maritime region as required to support national security.

On August 4th, 1790, Congress authorized the construction of 10 vessels to enforce tariff and trade laws, prevent smuggling, and protect the collection of federal revenue, creating the Coast Guard as we know it.

 

So today, we’re celebrating the U.S. Coast Guard’s 230th birthday. Thank you to all our veterans for your service to our country.

 

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