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

by Ashley Rhodes 16. February 2020 15:36

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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Follow Us on Social Media for Contests, Tips, and More.

by Ashley Rhodes 15. February 2020 14:19

If you're not following us on Facebook and Instagram, you're missing a lot! We run giveaway contests, share your stories, tips, and photos and more. You can keep up with other drivers by going to the U.S. Xpress Drivers page on Facebook at @USXpressDrivers or @us.xpressdrivers page on Instagram. We look forward to connecting with you!

And don't forget to send us a photo for our U.S. Xpress Photos From the Road Contest! To have your photo voted on by fellow drivers next month for a chance to win a $50 paycheck bonus, send in your photo from the road by February 28th. We'll be running this contest all year long, so check in every month for more chances to win and have your photos featured on Facebook, Instagram, U.S. Xpressway, Service Center screens, and more! 

Photo Credit: Professional Driver Mark R. 

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Need to Fuel Up? Locate a Fuel Stop from your DriverTech.

by Ashley Rhodes 14. February 2020 16:01

You can now easily locate a fuel stop on your route right from your DriverTech navigation. Simply press the blue road sign button on your DriverTech navigation screen, select “Fuel”, and your DriverTech unit will then begin searching for options based on your current route. When the search is complete, up to four optimal fuel stop options will display on your screen, and you can select the one that best suits your needs. 

If you have any questions about locating a fuel stop from your DriverTech navigation, reach out to your manager. Thanks for driving with us!

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Tips for Driving Safely in Winter Weather

by Ashley Rhodes 13. February 2020 14:03

Here are a few helpful tips to avoid frozen brakes this winter:

1. Drain your tractor and trailer air tanks daily.

2. Do not set trailer brakes unless you are dropping a trailer.

3. Once you’ve parked, let the truck sit there for about 15 minutes before activating your truck brakes. That will allow the temperature to equalize. After that, pull forward and spread ice melt in your tire tracks before backing into the original parking spot again. That will stop your brakes and tires from freezing. 

4. When you are ready to leave, make a slight turn to the right while looking to your passenger side mirror. Make sure both of your outside wheels are turning. Do the same with a left turn. If your wheels are turning, you are good to go.

Photo credit: Jeffrey R.

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Refer a Driver and Make Up to $3,000

by Ashley Rhodes 12. February 2020 09:46

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. 

Photo credit: Professional Driver Trent M.

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Scan Your Trip Paperwork Easily & Conveniently with Xpress Mobile

by Ashley Rhodes 11. February 2020 19:40

We know driving is hard work, so why should paperwork be hard too? Now you can scan your trip paperwork directly from the easy-to-use Xpress Mobile app on your phone, anytime or anywhere. Skip the extra time at truck stops and service centers with the scanning feature on the Xpress Mobile app

It’s Easy.

Check out our video with easy instructions on how to scan and submit your trip paperwork right from your phone.

It’s Convenient.

Scan and view your paperwork from wherever is convenient for you.

It’s Instant.

Skip the lines for truck stop scanners and Xpress Scanning kiosks, and get back on the road sooner. You can scan immediately after your load is complete.

Have any questions? Please reach out to your Fleet Manager or Account Supervisor. 

Don’t have the Xpress Mobile App? Visit www.USXpressway.com to register for a username, and then head to the App Store or Google Play to download the app.

Thanks for driving with us!

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Optimize Your Earnings & Minimize Your Taxes with Per Diem Advantage

by Ashley Rhodes 10. February 2020 13:15

As you likely know, with the introduction of a new 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 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.

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Make a Referral. Make Easy Money.

by Ashley Rhodes 9. February 2020 13:13

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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Did You Know You Can Scale with Your Fuel Card?

by Ashley Rhodes 8. February 2020 11:07

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 7. February 2020 13:00

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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