It's not too late to get a flu shot!

by Miranda Brooks 2. March 2021 08:58

Did you know that we have a voucher available for all U.S. Xpress team members (even if you’re not on our insurance plan) that allows you to get a free flu shot at any participating Walmart or Sam’s Club Pharmacies? Click here: https://www.usxpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Flu-Shot-Voucher-2020.pdf to access the voucher. You can present a hard copy or show the voucher on your mobile device in order to get your shot.

There is also a voucher that is good for a free flu shot for any of your family and/or dependents that are on Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance through U.S. Xpress. Click here: https://www.usxpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Flu-Shot-Dependents-Voucher-2020.pdf to access the team member + covered dependents version of the voucher.

And of course, please continue to take all CDC recommended precautions – not only do they help stop the spread of COVID-19, they can help prevent you from getting the flu too. Win, win!

 

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Get a College Degree on Us!

by Miranda Brooks 1. March 2021 13:11

Have you ever thought of earning a college degree or sending a dependent to school? If you’re a U.S. Xpress company driver or technician – this is the time to do it, for free!  

Our Full Ride program offers a 100% paid 4-year college degree from accredited college Ashford University. From liberal arts to business, there are dozens of degrees available so you or your dependents can fulfill any education dreams at no cost to you. We’ll pay for tuition, fees, and books, 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 degree.

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.”

Want to learn more? Visit www.USXFullRide.com usxjobs.com/full-ride to get started.

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Congrats to January’s Drivers & Trainer of the Month!

by Miranda Brooks 28. February 2021 13:25

We think all U.S. Xpress drivers are some of the best Professional Truck Drivers out there. Every day you’re helping support the supply chain and keeping everyone in the country going, particularly during these uncertain times.

But we want to recognize a specific few of you who have been beyond Relentless. 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 2020 Driver/Trainer of the Year.

Now let’s get to it! January’s winners are:

Carl P.

“Carl is a reliable driver who always does exactly what he says he will, how and when he promises it. He constantly aims to be a solution to any issues that arise on the Target Madison account. Carl is always courteous and can be defined by his excellent people skills when interacting with office staff, other drivers, and customers. Great work, Carl.” – Andre McElroy, Transportation Manager    

Larry H. & Omar E.

“Larry and Omar are the true definition of safe drivers. They have been running on our dedicated FedEx Ground tours showing nothing but relentless work ethic. To ensure their lanes are covered, the two of them have shifted all throughout FedEx’s network, whether that’s in Georgia, Texas, or the West Coast. With a positive attitude, they are always looking forward to servicing our customer as safely as possible. Thank you, Larry and Omar, for all the hard work you put in!” – Mike DeLeon, Transportation Supervisor

James (Jimbo) D.

“James (Jimbo) is a driver who is always willing to go above and beyond, taking care of the customer’s needs without question. We’re extremely fortunate to have him on our team.” – Greg Earle, Account Supervisor

Ramon M.

“Ramon is an exceptional driver. He has proven to be reliable, professional, and communicative with dispatch on a daily basis. We can always count on him to show up on time and be a truly Relentless driver. We’re so lucky to have him on our team!” – Sidia Witherspoon, Account Supervisor

Charles W.

“Charles is a dependable, professional driver in every way, consistently striving for excellence in service and safety.” – Mike Stephens, Fleet Support Manager

Herman & Vickie L.

“Vickie and Herman are excellent team players who, combined, have been with U.S. Xpress for over 36 with a proven track record in both safety and service. They’re the kind of team drivers everyone wants to work with.” – Mike Stephens, Fleet Support Manager

Stephanie R.

“With a never-ceasing positive attitude, Stephanie is always willing to help however she can. She’s extremely dedicated to her job and an overall great driver. In my book, Stephanie is a driver of the month every month.”  – Tanya Thompson, Fleet Manager

Joe P. – Trainer of the Month

“Joe is an excellent driver and trainer. He is a hard worker, does anything he’s asked without a single complaint, and consistently puts out some of our best trainees. We’re glad to have him on our team.” – Greg Earle, Account Supervisor

Join us in giving a big congratulations to all these drivers for their hard work, dedication, and Relentless attitude as they, and all of you, help keep us rolling.

 

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February Social Media Photo Contest Reminder

by Miranda Brooks 27. February 2021 13:19

​We love seeing your photos from the road, so we're holding a monthly photography contest! Send us your best #truckies for 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. This month, we'll compile your submissions and let you pick the winner by voting for your favorite on Facebook and Instagram.

Here's how it works:

  • Starting now, submit your photos by the last day of each month in 2021 through our Facebook page by visiting https://www.facebook.com/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 ("Likes") 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).

Tips for Better Photos

  • For those with digital cameras, taking a good photo is a breeze when you know how to adjust your settings. But did you know the same goes for iPhones and Androids? You can take great photos with your phone following these simple tricks:
  • Make sure your lens is clean. Even a spec of dirt or a small finger print can change make a photo unfocused and blurry.
  • Avoid blurriness by setting up auto-focus or manually focusing before taking your shot. On nearly all smartphones, you can do it manually simply by tapping in the center of the screen. On most digital cameras, you can do this by holding down the shutter button.
  • Ensure a good balance of lightness and darkness by adjusting your exposure or turning on HDR. On nearly all smartphones, exposure can be adjusted by tapping the center of the screen and using the slider that pops up on the side of the screen.
  • Use natural light if possible. If you can take a photo outside during the day, you'll get the best lighting if you make sure the sun is behind the camera and in front of whoever or whatever you're photographing.
  • Avoid flash when possible. While it's good for taking photos in low light places, generally it makes a photo worse by causing glowing eyes or unnatural skin color.
  • Frame the perfect shot by applying the "rule of thirds". You can either go into your settings to select the option that shows a grid or you can imagine a three-by-three grid on your phone screen. Aim to get the most interesting parts (like people's faces) near the corners of the boxes, where the gridlines meet.  

 

We can't wait to see your photos, and thanks for driving with us!

 

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COVID-19: Staying Safe

by Miranda Brooks 26. February 2021 08:57

Even as the vaccine continues being administered all over the country, COVID-19 positivity rates and deaths are continuing to rise, and the current state of the virus is still extremely serious. With drivers continuing to get sick, particularly in these days of freight surges and driver shortages, we can’t emphasize enough the importance of staying safe, both for the good of our customers as well as that of you and those you love.

Remember, if you feel ill or have been in close contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19, please get tested as soon as possible and watch carefully for a fever (100.4◦F), cough, loss of smell, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.

To get tested for the virus, visit a nearby state or county health department’s website for testing updates and restrictions. Keep in mind, some areas require you to be a state or county resident to be tested. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) offers a great resource to find that information. 

What it considered “close contact”?

·        You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more

·        You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19

·        You had direct physical contact with someone who has COVID-19 (hugged or kissed them)

·        You shared eating or drinking utensils with someone who has COVID-19

·        Someone with COVID-19 sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you

 

According to the CDC, people who have tested positive for COVID-19 do not need to quarantine or get tested again for up to 3 months unless they develop symptoms again. In that case, they may need to be tested again if there is no other cause identified for their symptoms.

Remember, you are required to wear a face covering at any U.S. Xpress facility, including all offices, shops, terminals, and Dedicated locations. We also urge you to take breaks in your cab (when possible) instead of using driver lounges or other shared spaces.

Additional Resources:

Centers for Disease Control: Stay up to date on the latest news from the CDC on their COVID-19 homepage as they continue to learn more about the virus, how it spreads, and more.

Flu Shot Voucher: With this voucher you can get a free flu shot at any Walmart or Sam’s Club Pharmacy.

Essential Worker Letter: If you are considered an essential worker, you can present this letter to officials to verify your status.

CDC Safety Guidelines: These recommendations will help keep you safe and protect others from the spread of COVID-19.

CDC COVID Case Tracker: The CDC provides maps, charts, and data that allow you to track COVID-19 cases and deaths nationally, by state, or locally.

Employee Assistance Program: Our EAP offers a wide range of services including ways to improve and manage your emotional health and wellness during this difficult time.

 

If we all do what we can to keep ourselves and each other say, we’ll certainly get through this together.

 

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Axle’s Getting Even Smarter!

by Miranda Brooks 25. February 2021 08:59

Axle, the virtual assistant on your Xpress Mobile home screen, has been busy answering your questions about pick up numbers and appointment times. Now, he can also give you your estimated time of arrival (ETA) and projected time of availability (PTA). All you have to do is pick the question you need an answer to and he’ll give you the information you’re looking for immediately. No making calls, no sending emails, just quick and easy answers that allow you to spend less time searching for information and more time on the road. 

Stay tuned for more updates – Axle is just going to keep getting smarter and smarter.

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Blue Beacon Partnership

by Miranda Brooks 24. February 2021 11:32

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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Keep a Healthy Mind with the Employee Assistance Program

by Miranda Brooks 23. February 2021 11:25

Now more than ever, our physical health is extremely important. But in difficult times like these, mental health is just as important. 

We have an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) that gives you the tools and resources you need to help deal with life’s challenges – any time, day or night. 

It provides valuable services focused on a range of concerns, including finding elder or child care, educational information about everyday topics, and ways to improve your emotional health and wellness. 

Though the program, licensed professionals are available to provide confidential support and guidance by phone to assist with concerns, such as: 

Managing stress 

  • Handling relationship issues 
  • Balancing work and life 
  • Quitting tobacco, alcohol or drug use 
  • Caring for children or aging parents 
  • Dealing with conflict or violence 
  • Working through grief and loss issues
  • Controlling depression and anxiety 

EAP is available to you and your family 24/7 by phone at 1-800-854-1446 or online at unum.com/lifebalance.

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Earn up to $2,500 When You Refer a Diesel Mechanic

by Miranda Brooks 22. February 2021 10:27

As drivers, you know our Diesel Mechanics are vital in allowing you to earn money and deliver customers' freight safely and on time. And in our Shippensburg, Springfield, Ellenwood, and Irving shops, 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 in any of the above locations 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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Refer a Driver and Earn Extra Cash Today!

by Miranda Brooks 21. February 2021 12:14
Did you know 46 company drivers earned extra cash just last month by referring a driver? Don't miss your chance to earn some extra cash this month.
 
Right now, if you’re a company driver, you can refer any new hire (not a previous U.S. Xpress driver), and earn some cold hard cash:
 
  • $2,000 for every experienced Solo Driver.
  • $4,000 for every experienced Team.
 
You’ll receive your bonus once the 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.
 
 Now it’s easier than ever to refer a driver. Just text “Refer” to (423) 436-9588 and our virtual assistant will guide you through the rest, making sure your reference is contacted and, if hired, you get paid. 
 
​Thanks for your help! We can’t wait to meet all the great drivers you bring to the table. 

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