Are You a Certified Trucker Against Trafficking?

by Christina Sacco 12. August 2020 09:20

As you may know, 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 help victims of human trafficking with a TAT-certification course that involves a 26-minute video, followed by a 10-minute quiz. 

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 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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Hitting the Road with Tripp Wheeler

by Christina Sacco 11. August 2020 09:08

Tripp Wheeler has learned a lot about life on the road and what it means to be a Professional Truck Driver at U.S. Xpress. There’s a big difference in being a beginner and being a professional, but no matter where you are in your driving journey, there’s always more to learn. Check out the “Gearing Up with Tripp Wheeler” video to help you continue growing and improving as a Professional Truck Driver with topics like risk zones, safety, accident prevention, limiting distractions, and driver behavior.  

Learn more about driving at U.S. Xpress and about staying safe in the summer heat in your 5-part Professional Driver Development Summer Training program. It’s now live, so please be sure to complete it by Friday, September 11th.

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, just reach out to your manager. And, as always, thanks for driving with us!

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New Features: Personal Conveyance and Yard Move

by Christina Sacco 10. August 2020 08:02

Good news! Starting today, we have turned on a new Personal Conveyance function as well as Yard Move, a new feature on your DriverTech unit. We hope both changes will help you stay safe and make the most of your time on the road.  

Personal Conveyance
Recently, we’ve been hard at work on a solution to help you safely reap the benefits of Personal Conveyance. So, starting today, your DriverTech unit will automatically detect when you’re eligible to use Personal Conveyance. You can then select to drive in Personal Conveyance mode.

The feature is designed to give you some flexibility when you’re off-duty. Some instances of appropriate uses are:

•Running personal errands while on a 34-hour restart.

•Driving to the nearest safe haven after running out of hours due to being delayed at a shipper/receiver.

•Moving the truck per request from law enforcement after you’ve run out of hours.

•Traveling to an approved location for home time (50 miles max) after you’ve run out of hours.

Just remember, Personal Conveyance can never be used to advance a load.

Yard Move
We’ve also introduced a new piece of technology to your DriverTech – Yard Move. You can utilize Yard Move while at any facility where access is restricted to the general public. When you enter the facility, you’ll be prompted to select whether you want to use the feature. If you choose to use it, once you exit the private facility or reach a speed of 20 MPH or greater, you’ll automatically be placed back into driving status. 

A few important items to know about Yard Move:

•Yard Move is an on-duty status and, as such, using it will preserve your available drive time (11-hour clock).

•Time spent in Yard Move mode does count against your 70-hour clock.

•Since Yard Move is an on-duty status, using it mid-rest period will end your off-duty time.

As always, thank you with driving with us, particularly through such difficult times. Now and always, you are an invaluable asset to our team, and we couldn’t be more grateful for your hard work. Stay safe.

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Check Your Pay Status Conveniently with Xpress Mobile

by Christina Sacco 9. August 2020 10:05

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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Submit Your Questions for Our Upcoming Town Hall

by Christina Sacco 8. August 2020 10:02

On August 13 at 2:00pm ET, Chief Operating Officer Matt Herndon will be hosting a virtual Town Hall meeting on Zoom, a video conferencing platform that you can access on your computer or mobile device. 

Whether you have specific questions or just want to listen in, we encourage you to join. For this Town Hall, we have two ways you can ask questions. You’re welcome to submit if you’re logging in live by using the Q&A button at the bottom of the Zoom screen, or, if you can’t make it in real time, you can email your questions to USXCommunications@usxpress.com, and Matt will address them. 

If you can’t login to the Town Hall while its live, we strongly recommend submitting your questions via email then watching the recording of the meeting that will be published soon after to your Xpress Mobile App News and to the U.S. Xpressway Driver Intranet (https://www.usxpressway.com/).

To join while its live, just click the link below at the meeting time.

Thursday, August 13 - 2:00pm ET
Link to Zoom meeting: usxpress.zoom.us/j/92762627317 

We look forward to hearing from you and getting all your questions answered. See you there!

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We Honor Our Heroes this Purple Heart Day

by Christina Sacco 7. August 2020 10:01

For over 100 years, the Purple Heart has recognized the merits and bravery of men and women who protect our freedom, no matter the cost. We are grateful for the sacrifices they've made. 

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Full Ride: We Cover 100% of College with No Strings Attached

by Christina Sacco 6. August 2020 08:48

If you've thought about college for you or your children, check out Full Ride - our free college program.

Full Ride offers 100% paid college education from Ashford University for U.S. Xpress company drivers and their dependents ages 17-26. Ashford offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in one of dozens of disciplines ranging from liberal arts to business to behavioral science. And U.S. Xpress will pay all tuition costs, fees, and books, all while you continue earning as a driver with us. There is no requirement to earn a certain grade to continue with the program, and while we hope you stay, there is no obligation for you to remain with us after you or your dependents have earned your degrees.

If you’re an experienced professional truck driver, you’re eligible to participate as soon as you begin working with us. If you’re a student drivers, you’re eligible to start taking classes as soon as you’ve completed behind-the-wheel training and are promoted to first seat driver. You can have a total of two family members enrolled in school at one time (either two dependent children 17-26 years of age or the driver and one dependent). All costs are covered for you and your family.

Why offer such a generous program if there’s no catch? CEO and President Eric Fuller said, “We don’t see this as just another benefit. We see it as an investment in our drivers and their families.” 

Visit www.USXFullRide.com today to get more information and get started on your enrollment!

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Scan in Your Paperwork from the Safety of Your Cab

by Christina Sacco 5. August 2020 09:16

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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A message from U.S. Xpress Chief Operating Officer Matt Herndon

by Christina Sacco 5. August 2020 08:10

Good morning Professional Drivers,

To start, thank you for all you’re doing and have done through the challenging times 2020 has brought. I’m grateful that each of you have chosen to drive with us and I’m proud to be able to work alongside of you every day.

As many of you know, this is a great time to be at U.S. Xpress. Looking at the trends we continue to see in freight levels, we believe our company will remain strong through the end of the year as we continue working with essential customers. This should positively affect each of you, giving you the opportunity and ability to safely run hard through the months ahead. As you do, be sure to actively communicate with your OPs support staff. They’re there to help you with anything you need, particularly if you’re not getting the miles you want.

If you’re looking to earn even more, we’ve recently upped our driver referral bonus and have put a new team up bonus into place. Check the previous post for more details.

I look forward to discussing any questions you may have in our upcoming virtual Driver Town Hall at 2:00pm on August 13th. Feel free to submit questions by emailing USXCommunications@usxpress.com or by commenting on any related social media posts. You’ll also be able to ask questions through Zoom during the meeting. I’ll do my best to answer them all.

Click the link below at the meeting time to join. If you’re unable to make it, we’ll send out a recording so you can catch up.

Thursday August 13th – 2:00pm EDT

Zoom link: usxpress.zoom.us/j/92762627317 

Again, thanks for all you do. I look forward to hearing from you.

Matt Herndon
Chief Operating Officer

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Make. More. Money.

by Christina Sacco 4. August 2020 16:42

Want an extra $4,000 in your pocket? Introduce us to new drivers, and the cash could be yours. 

For a limited time only, we are now paying… 

• $2,000 for every experienced Solo Driver 

• $4,000 for every experienced Team

You’ll receive your bonus once your 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.

Get your cash in hand ASAP. Make a referral by visiting www.USXpress.com/driver-referral.

Thinking of teaming up yourself? There’s $1,500 in it for U.S. Xpress drivers. Find a partner (or we can help you find one), and you’ll each earn a $1,500 Team Up Bonus.

Why drive as a team? You’ll get more miles, more money, and you’ll be eligible for our Utilization Bonus each month. Plus, our OTR Team CPM is one of the best in the country.

Know someone outside the company you want to team up with? Bring them on as a U.S. Xpress driver, and you’ll not only get the $1,500 Team Up Bonus, but you’ll also score an additional $2,000 Driver Referral Bonus!

Ready to make more money by driving Team? Contact blee@usxpress.com today to get started. Please note, the $1,500 Team Up Bonus is for OTR Teams only and is for both U.S. Xpress company drivers and independent contractors.

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