Make Your Next Stop the U.S. Xpressway

by Ashley Rhodes 18. January 2020 13:38

The U.S. Xpressway is the website exclusively for all U.S. Xpress Drivers, including Independent Contractors. Visit www.USXpressway.com today for company news, videos, and interactive sections, as well as important information about:

• Ways we recognize our drivers.

• Tips for reading settlement sheets.

• How to stay safe and compliant while on the road. 

• Details about equipment, trucks, and trailers. 

• Contacts at U.S. Xpress available to help you. 

• How to bring pets and riders with you, and ways to stay healthy on the road.

If you already use the Xpress Mobile app, log in with your mobile app username and password. If you don’t have the mobile app, click on the New Driver Registration button on www.USXpressway.com and create a login quickly and easily.

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Optimize Your Earnings & Minimize Your Taxes with Per Diem Advantage

by Ashley Rhodes 17. January 2020 10:33

As you likely know, with the introduction of a new 2018 tax law, you can 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 new 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.

Are you a Dedicated Driver? With the introduction of Per Diem Advantage, many of our accounts that were ineligible to be on our previous per diem program are now eligible to participate. These accounts include (but are not limited to) Ashley Furniture Advance, Baxter Health, Dollar General Janesville, Dupre Logistics New Orleans, Family Dollar Marianna, FedEx Chattanooga, Hobby Lobby Oklahoma City, Libbey Glass Toledo, Michaels Alliance, Michaels Hazleton, Michaels Jacksonville, Target Denton, Target Lake City, Tractor Supply Co. Frankfurt, Tractor Supply Co. Guilderland, and Walmart Auburn.

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Keep Rolling in Winter Weather. Don’t Forget to Use Anti-Gel.

by Ashley Rhodes 16. January 2020 14:19

Don’t get stranded in the freezing temperatures. Pour in one bottle of Anti-Gel per fuel tank each time that you fill up.

Anti-Gel is available at all U.S. Xpress shops. You can also purchase Anti-Gel with your fuel card at your fuel stops.

Anti-Gel prevents your fuel from gelling due to exposure to the arctic air. Your truck will not start or run if your fuel gels, resulting in your truck being towed, and lost time given to waiting on your fuel to thaw and return to a liquid state.

A few more helpful Anti-Gel tips:

• If you’re coming from warmer temperatures into colder temperatures, plan ahead and put Anti-Gel in your tank while you are still in warmer temperatures. This allows the fuel to mix with the Anti-Gel before hitting arctic air.

• Run the bunk heater after you have put Anti-Gel in your fuel. This will allow treated fuel to be in the fuel line for the heater and ensure that the heater will run when you are ready to get in the sleeper.

• Our late model trucks have a built-in fuel warmer in the Davco filter housing under the hood. If you are having trouble starting your truck and suspect that your fuel has gelled due to freezing temperatures, turn the key to on (but not to start), and let the heater warm the fuel in the filter for a few minutes. You may be able to get the truck started using this method.

• Never use aerosol ether starting fluid.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call the Fuel Department at 844-879-7737 option 2.

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Thinking About Becoming a Certified Driver Trainer?

by Ashley Rhodes 15. January 2020 16:25

Certified Driver Trainers are crucial to ensuring that our drivers are equipped with the knowledge and experience they need to get behind the wheel. When you're a trainer with U.S. Xpress, you’ll receive $450 for completing the 3-day certification class, and then you get your solo rate of pay for all dispatched miles no matter who is driving. And, you’ll also get a $20/day stipend for each day the Student is on the truck available for dispatch.

Once your student upgrades to a first seat driver, you’ll still get paid when your student completes various milestones:

• $100 if the student successfully completes the backing test without additional training

• $100 if the student successfully completes the road test without additional training

• $150 if the student's HOS logs are complete and error-free

• $100 if you stay out with the student for the entire training period (no hotel costs incurred)

• $50 per month of the student’s safe driving (no preventable accidents, no CSA points, and no citations or violations) for 12 months following the student’s upgrade

• $150 retention bonus if the student remains with U.S. Xpress for 6 months after upgrade

• $250 retention bonus if the student remains with U.S. Xpress for 12 months after upgrade

There are paid training classes every Saturday - Monday in various locations. You’ll need to be approved before attending classes, so visit www.usxpress.com/certified-driver-trainer to apply today.

If you're interested in the rewards of being a trainer, there are paid classes every Sat - Mon. You’ll need to be approved before attending classes, so visit www.usxpress.com/certified-driver-trainer to apply today.

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Learn More About Your Job and Perks with Our Driver Handbook

by Ashley Rhodes 14. January 2020 16:44

Do you know about U.S. Xpress driver perks? How to contact someone if you have questions about payroll or safety? Or what to expect during a leave of absence?

The U.S. Xpress Driver Handbook thoroughly covers all of that and more. You can find details and access the handbook through Professional Driver Development Winter Training. The training is now live and is divided into seven assignments. We’re asking that you complete all assignments by February 7, 2020. 

Access the training quickly and easily online! Simply log on to the Professional Driver Development Site one of the following ways:

• From the welcome page at www.USXpressway.com, click the “Professional Driver Development Site” button.

• From within www.USXpressway.com, click the “Learning System” link found under MY TOOLS.

• Or, from www.usxpress.com, click the “PROFESSIONAL DRIVER DEVELOPMENT” link at the bottom of the main page. 

You can sign in with your Xpress Mobile/U.S. Xpressway username and password. If you have not signed up for Xpress Mobile or U.S. Xpressway yet, you can create a login by visiting www.USXpressway.com.

New to the Professional Driver Development Site? For a video on how to access your training, visit https://vimeo.com/333594296.

If you have any questions about your training assignments or the new platform, please reach out to your FM/AS. 

Thanks for driving with us!

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Did You Know You Can Scale with Your Fuel Card?

by Ashley Rhodes 13. January 2020 17:00

Did you know that company drivers can use their U.S. Xpress fuel to pay scaling fees too! 

Fuel cards can be used to pay scaling fees up to 2 times a day for a total amount of $30. If for any reason you scale at a location that does not accept our card, you can still submit the receipt on an expense report to Payroll.  

Any questions about scaling more than twice or using your fuel card for scaling purchases? Please reach out to your FM/AS or contact the Fuel Desk at 844-879-7737, option 2.

Thank you for driving with us!

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Know These Tire Chain Tips Before Winter Weather Gets the Best of You

by Ashley Rhodes 13. January 2020 12:06

Hopefully you can avoid tire chaining. But if you get caught in bad winter weather, here are a few tips:

  •  Chain up when there is snow and ice on the road and chaining is your only option to get to a safe location, also when chaining is required by state law or during a snow emergency.
  •  Because chain laws vary by state, use www.trucking.org as a resource to stay up-to-date.
  •  U.S. Xpress company drivers may pick up and drop off chains at designated chain banks, including our service centers.

Professional Driver Development Winter Training is now live and includes tire chaining best practices along with a Chain Bank Tip Card for quick reference when you’re on the road. The Winter Training is divided into seven assignments and we’re asking that you complete them by February 7, 2020.

Access the training quickly and easily online! Simply log on to the Professional Driver Development Site one of the following ways:

  • From the welcome page at www.USXpressway.com, click the “Professional Driver Development Site” button.
  • From within www.USXpressway.com, click the “Learning System” link found under MY TOOLS.
  • Or, from www.usxpress.com, click the “PROFESSIONAL DRIVER DEVELOPMENT” link at the bottom of the main page.

You can sign in with your Xpress Mobile/U.S. Xpressway username and password. If you have not signed up for Xpress Mobile or U.S. Xpressway yet, you can create a login by visiting www.USXpressway.com.

New to the Professional Driver Development Site? For a video on how to access your training, visit https://vimeo.com/333594296.

If you have any questions about your training assignments or the new platform, please reach out to your FM/AS.

Thanks for driving with us!

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Make a Referral. Make Easy Money.

by Ashley Rhodes 12. January 2020 13:37

Want to make an easy $1,800? Refer a qualified technician. Technicians are critical to ensuring our customers receive their freight on time. When you refer a technician, you can earn: 

1st successful recruit: $1,200

2nd successful recruit: $1,500

3rd successful recruit: $1,800

You’ll receive half of your bonus after your referral has been with us for 30 days, and the remainder after they have been with us 90 days. So just think, if you refer three technicians today, you could be holding $4,500 or more very soon!

Ready to make some quick cash? Make a referral by visiting www.USXtechreferral.com. Make sure the technician referral includes your name when applying online. Also, don't forget to mention that shop techs can now take advantage of the Full Ride college program.

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Today is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day

by Ashley Rhodes 11. January 2020 14:32

Today is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. Did you know that victims of human trafficking are often found in locations frequented by truck drivers? These victims need our help, and that’s why U.S. Xpress has partnered with Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT). TAT is a nonprofit organization that trains truck drivers to recognize and report instances of human trafficking.

By learning how to identify the signs and report incidents of trafficking, you can play a vital role in rescuing victims. Since 2009, professional drivers like you have reported over 2,000 cases to TAT’s national hotline and freed over 1,000 people.

You can now help victims of human trafficking with a TAT-certification course that involves a 26-minute video, followed by a 10-minute quiz.

You can access the training one of three ways:

• On www.USXpressway.com, there’s a direct link with a button titled “Professional Driver Development Site”.

• Or, if you’re already logged into U.S. Xpressway, you can find the Learning System listed under MY TOOLS.

• Or, you can go to our main website, www.usxpress.com. At the bottom of the main page, you can click “PROFESSIONAL DRIVER DEVELOPMENT” to access the new platform.

Once you’re in the Learning System, look for “Truckers Against Trafficking” in your list of assignments, and click on the video.

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Refer a New Driver and Make Up to $3000

by Ashley Rhodes 10. January 2020 12:11

Being a U.S. Xpress driver comes with a lot of perks, like medical benefits and free college. And referring a driver also comes with perks, like up to $3,000 in referral bonuses! In fact, you’ll earn a bonus for every new referral, so that extra cash will add up fast. 

$250 for every Student Driver

$1,000 for every experienced Solo Driver 

$3,000 for every experienced Team

You’ll receive your bonus once your new hire delivers their first load.

Ready to make some quick cash? Make a referral by visiting www.USXpress.com/driver-referral or using the form on your Xpress Mobile app. 

 

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