Complete Your Fall/Winter 2020 Training Assignments by November 13, 2020

by Miranda Brooks 28. September 2020 10:11

As part of our commitment to your ongoing professional development, you have been assigned training that is now available on our Professional Driver Development Site. We’re asking that you complete the four required assignments by November 13, 2020.

You will also notice four additional topics under your Featured Training section. These assignments are not required, but we highly recommend reviewing the available information for each topic.

Our Professional Driver Development program is designed to help you throughout your career, whether you’re new or experienced. Part of this involves training assignments that help you stay up to date about important aspects of your job. This quarter, we’re focusing on the following topics:

  • Harassment and Discrimination in the Workplace
  •  Hours of Service
  • Winter Slipping Hazards
  • Extreme Weather Driving

Our suggested topics under the Featured Training include:

  • Information on the new FMCSA Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse and the Driver Consent Forms that must be signed
  • Chain Banks
  • Anti-Gel Fuel Additive
  • Tire Chaining

You can complete all assignments at once or one at a time, whichever is most convenient for you. Plus, you can access them quickly and easily online. 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 Professional Driver Development Site, please reach out to your manager or the Professional Development team (professionaldevelopment@usxpress.com).

Thanks for driving with us!

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We won!

by Miranda Brooks 27. September 2020 09:55

The votes are in and we’re proud to announce that the Chattanooga Times Free Press named U.S. Xpress this year’s “Best Chattanooga Employer in the Trucking / Logistics Industry” in its annual “Best of the Best” competition. Thanks to everyone who voted for us – we couldn’t have won without your support!

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Optimize Your Earnings & Minimize Your Taxes with Per Diem Advantage

by Miranda Brooks 26. September 2020 09:51

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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Are You a Certified Trucker Against Trafficking?

by Miranda Brooks 25. September 2020 09:53

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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Is Your Address Up-To-Date?

by Miranda Brooks 24. September 2020 11:09

Each year, many team members change their address due to a move, but with everything else going on during that time, they forget to update their contact information with U.S. Xpress.

 

If this occurs, it can unfortunately result in several potential problems as the year progresses. Important documents, such as W-2's or benefits plan information, may be sent to the wrong address. In addition, state income taxes may be calculated, deducted, and reported incorrectly. These situations could result in compromised personal information, delayed receipt of important documents, paying taxes to the wrong state, or even paying more taxes than needed.

 

In order to minimize these events, we ask that you take a moment and verify your contact information by visiting www.USXpress.com and selecting "Employee Self Service" in the bottom righthand corner of the page. Your employee ID and password will be used to login. If you have never logged in before, your password will the last four digits of your social security number, two-digit month of birth, and two-digit year of birth (example 12340160).

Once logged in, you can review all of your contact information, and if anything is incorrect, you can easily change it through the Employee Self Service page, or by contacting the HR Service Center by phone (800-670-1915; x257510) or email (hrservices@usxpress.com).

 

Thank you for your assistance as we work to protect you and your personal information!

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Eve Captured Mark K.’s Safe Driving on Tape

by Miranda Brooks 23. September 2020 09:46

You have control over almost everything inside your cab. But when it comes to outside of it, it’s a different story.

 

Recently, Eve, our external event recorder, captured U.S. Xpress Professional Driver Mark K.’s safe driving skills when another car hydroplaned on a rainy day. Remaining calm and focused, he was able to slow down quickly and keep himself and other driver out of harm’s way. Check it out

 

Thanks, Mark, for helping keep our roads safe. We’re glad Eve was able to catch this great learning moment.

 

 

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Need to Weigh a Load? Locate a Scale from your DriverTech.

by Miranda Brooks 22. September 2020 10:47

Easily locate a scale on your route right from your DriverTech navigation. Simply press the blue road sign button on your DriverTech navigation screen, select “Scale”, and your DriverTech unit will then begin searching for options based on your current route. When the search is complete, up to four optimal scale 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 scale in your DriverTech navigation, reach out to your manager. Thanks for driving with us!

 

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

by Miranda Brooks 21. September 2020 10:58

You can now easily locate a safe parking location on your route right from your DriverTech navigation. When you select the “Parking,” your DriverTech unit will 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

Coing 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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ICYMI: Driver Appreciation Week Recap

by Miranda Brooks 20. September 2020 14:40

Though we weren’t able to gather for Driver Appreciation Week, we’ve loved celebrating you virtually over the past week. In case you missed any of the fun, let us catch you up.

 

Million Miler Event

We celebrated our newest group of Million and Two Million Milers for their dedication to driving, safety, and U.S. Xpress. You can check out the celebration on our Facebook page.   

 

Travis Denning Concert

Country music star Travis Denning put on a concert just for U.S. Xpress drivers. Couldn’t make it to the virtual show or just ready to re-live the fun? Check out our Facebook page. 

 

Grand Prize Winners!

Four lucky U.S. Xpress drivers took home $1,500 this week. Congratulations to Hamid S., Antoine Y., Ebony H., and Kent L. Don’t spend it all in one place! (Or do!)

 

Some Love from Our Customers

We aren’t the only ones who are thankful. Our customers also know how much they owe to your hard work. Check out this link https://www.usxpress.com/2020/09/15/appreciating-drivers-this-week-and-every-week/ to hear what they had to say.

 

A Message from President & CEO Eric Fuller

As a way of saying thank you, President & CEO Eric Fuller recorded a video with a few exciting announcements. Check it out on US Xpressway or our Facebook page.

 

Thank You, Sponsors.

This week wouldn’t have been possible without our amazing sponsors. Shout out to all of them for making this week special.

 

  • Driver Tech
  • Cummins
  • Solebury  Trout
  • Confortaire
  • Truckpro
  • Staples
  • Bendix
  • Delta Dental
  • Lowen Color Graphics
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee
  • ATMDS
  • TransAmerica
  • The Johnson Group
  • Eaton
  • Stoops
  • Willis Towers Watson

Everything you do all year round isn’t just impressive, it’s essential to keeping our country running, now more than ever. We’re lucky to have each and every one of you as part of our team and can’t say thank you enough.

We hope all of you had a great Driver Appreciation Week!

 

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Watch the Million Miler Celebration

by Miranda Brooks 19. September 2020 10:44

As part of Driver Appreciation Week, we celebrated our newest group of million and two million milers. This group of exceptional drivers have shown a devotion to their work, to safety, and to U.S. Xpress, and for that we are forever grateful.

Couldn’t join us? You can watch the whole celebration here:

Again, thank you to all of our Million Milers, and do the rest of you for everything you do to help keep this country running.

Stay safe out there.

 

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