EAP: Supporting You Through Life’s Challenges

by Miranda Brooks 11. May 2021 10:13

In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, we want to remind you that keeping your mind healthy is just as important as maintaining your physical health. But it’s not always as easy. Our Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is here to help.

The EAP is set up to help you and your family members cope with any of life’s challenges – anytime, anywhere. Through the program, you have access to confidential counseling on any issues, including:

  • Depression
  • Alcohol and drug addiction
  • Relationship concerns
  • Parenting challenges
  • Grief or loss of a loved one
  • Stress

Help is just a click or phone call away. Just call 1-800-854-1446or visit www.unum.com/lifebalance.

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Professional Driver Development: Transferring Logs

by Miranda Brooks 10. May 2021 09:16

When you’re pulled over for an inspection, you need to show the enforcement officer your logs. But those live on your DriverTech unit, which can’t be removed from your cab. You can’t have the officer climb into your truck, so what do you do? You show your logs to them using your mobile device.

Learn how to transfer your logs to your phone or tablet as part of your Professional Driver Development training. You can easily access it by visiting www.USXpressway.com where you’ll find a direct link titled “Professional Driver Development Site.” Remember, you must complete all your training by May 30th, 2021.

New to the Professional Driver Development Site? For a video on how to access your training, visit www.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 at professionaldevelopment@usxpress.com.

 

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Celebrating Some of the Real MVPs

by Miranda Brooks 9. May 2021 09:42

All the moms out there know – being a mother is a huge time commitment. And all of you know the same goes for being a driver. But there are some ladies out there who manage to do both. In honor of Mother’s Day, we caught up with two of them, Sheryl M. and Rochelle G. Check out what they had to say in our latest Delivering Ideas blog post[: https://www.usxpress.com/2021/05/05/drivers-mothers-superstars/ .

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A Day to Celebrate Some Unsung Heroes

by Miranda Brooks 7. May 2021 10:09

Today we’re celebrating Military Spouse Appreciation Day – a day to honor the contributions, sacrifices, and support given by military spouses. They’re the backbone of our troops’ support system during training, deployment, reintegration, and beyond – the silent heroes who are essential to the strength of the nation.

 

To everyone who has helped support a spouse in the military, thank you for your service.

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

by Miranda Brooks 7. May 2021 09:28

​You can now easily locate a safe parking location on your route right from your DriverTech navigation. Simply press the blue road sign button on your DriverTech navigation screen, select “Parking”, and your DriverTech unit will then 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

Coming 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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Professional Driver Development: Heat Training

by Miranda Brooks 6. May 2021 10:14

As it keeps warming up all over the country, it’s important to remember that high temperatures can cause more than discomfort. Heat-related illnesses can cause a wide range of symptoms with different severities and can even be life-threatening. It’s important to know your limits and be aware of common symptoms and remedies to help keep you safe.

To learn more, watch the Heat Training video as part of your Professional Driver Development training. You can easily access it and the rest of your training by visiting www.USXpressway.com where you’ll find a direct link titled “Professional Driver Development Site.” Remember, you must complete all your training by May 30th, 2021.

New to the Professional Driver Development Site? For a video on how to access your training, visit www.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 at professionaldevelopment@usxpress.com.

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2021 CVSA Roadcheck: What You Need to Know

by Miranda Brooks 5. May 2021 09:10

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) International Roadcheck takes place May 4th – 6th this year. During this 72-hour period, DOT officials will conduct inspections of commercial vehicles and drivers, with an emphasis on lighting and hours of service.

During the inspection, you’ll be asked to show your CDL and the previous eight days of your e-logs. Additionally, inspectors will be checking the following critical components:

  • Brake systems
  • Cargo securement
  • Coupling devices
  • Driveline/driveshaft
  • Driver’s seat
  • Exhaust systems
  • Frames
  • Fuel systems
  • Lighting devices
  • Steering mechanisms
  • Suspensions
  • Tires
  • Wheels, rims, and hubs
  • Windshield wipers

If you continue using the same safe driving practices you always do, you should have no problem. But a few reminders never hurt anyone, so be sure to:

1.      Practice common-sense safety habits, like wearing a seat belt, or if you have restrictions on your license for corrective lenses, make sure you’re wearing them while behind the wheel.

2.      Know how to access and show/transmit your ELD records to your mobile device. It’s easy:

·        Step 1: Enable airplane mode on your mobile device.

·        Step 2: Open WiFi settings.

·        Step 3: Connect to your personal DriverTech network. It will be called “DT” followed by your personal device number.

·        Step 4: Enter the password “drivertech”.

·        Step 5: Select sign-in prompt or navigate to ra.drivertech.com on your web browser. It may take a few moments for your device to connect, so be patient.

3.      Ensure the “Roadside Inspection Guide,” the “Truck PC ELD Driver User Guide,” and a supply of blank paper logs are always in your permit book.

4.      Familiarize yourself with basic Hours of Service regulations, including:

·        11 hours is the maximum allowed time for driving per day.  

·        14 hours is the maximum allowed time for all on-duty (driving and non-driving) work per day. 

·        A 10-hour break is required after 11 hours driving or 14 hours on duty.

·        A 30-minute rest break is required within the first 8 hours on duty.

·        70 hours is the maximum allowed time for all on-duty (driving and non-driving) work in an 8-day period.

·        A 34-hour break is required after 70 hours of on-duty (driving and non-driving work) over an 8-day period.

·        8 hours of your 10-hour break may be spent in the sleeper berth.

5.      Always conduct pre-trip inspections before leaving each stop.

 

Thanks for helping keep our roads safe.

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Professional Driver Development: Blue Beacon Truck Wash Program

by Miranda Brooks 4. May 2021 10:35

Is your truck ready for a wash?

With the Blue Beacon Truck Wash program, company drivers can get tractors, trailers, or both washed once every 28 days – and we’ll pay for it!

Owner-operators are also welcomed to take advantage of the program with unlimited washes. Each wash will be paid for initially by U.S. Xpress then billed back to you at a later date.

Get details on the Blue Beacon Truck Wash Program as part of your Professional Driver Development training. You can easily access it and the rest of your training by visiting www.USXpressway.com where you’ll find a direct link titled “Professional Driver Development Site.” Remember, you must complete all your training by May 30th, 2021.

New to the Professional Driver Development Site? For a video on how to access your training, visit www.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 at professionaldevelopment@usxpress.com.

 

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2021 CVSA Roadcheck: What You Need to Know

by Miranda Brooks 3. May 2021 15:51

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) International Roadcheck takes place May 4th – 6th this year. During this 72-hour period, DOT officials will conduct inspections of commercial vehicles and drivers, with an emphasis on lighting and hours of service.

Check out this video for more info from our Safety Team: https://vimeo.com/543731903/1fbd278fdd

During the inspection, you’ll be asked to show your CDL and the previous eight days of your e-logs. Additionally, inspectors will be checking the following critical components:

  • Brake systems
  • Cargo securement
  • Coupling devices
  • Driveline/driveshaft
  • Driver’s seat
  • Exhaust systems
  • Frames
  • Fuel systems
  • Lighting devices
  • Steering mechanisms
  • Suspensions
  • Tires
  • Wheels, rims and hubs
  • Windshield wipers

If you continue to use the same safe driving practices you always do, you should have no problem. But a few reminders never hurt anyone, so be sure to:

  1. Practice common-sense safety habits, like wearing a seat belt, or if you have restrictions on your license for corrective lenses, make sure you’re wearing them while behind the wheel.
  2. Know how to access and show/transmit your ELD records to your mobile device. It’s easy:
    • Step 1: Enable airplane mode on your mobile device.
    • Step 2: Open WiFi settings.
    • Step 3: Connect to your personal DriverTech network. It will be called “DT” followed by your personal device number.
    • Step 4: Enter the password “drivertech”.
    • Step 5: Select sign-in prompt or navigate to ra.drivertech.com on your web browser. It may take a few moments for your device to connect, so be patient.
  3. Ensure the “Roadside Inspection Guide,” the “Truck PC ELD Driver User Guide,” and a supply of blank paper logs are always in your permit book.
  4. Familiarize yourself with basic Hours of Service regulations, including:
    • 11 hours is the maximum allowed time for driving per day.  
    • 14 hours is the maximum allowed time for all on-duty (driving and non-driving) work per day. 
    • A 10-hour break is required after 11 hours of driving or 14 hours on duty.
    • A 30-minute rest break is required within the first 8 hours on duty.
    • 70 hours is the maximum allowed time for all on-duty (driving and non-driving) work in an 8-day period.
    • A 34-hour break is required after 70 hours of on-duty (driving and non-driving work) over an 8-day period.
  5. 8 hours of your 10-hour break may be spent in the sleeper berth.

Always conduct pre-trip inspections before leaving each stop.

Thanks for helping keep our roads safe. 

 

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Send in Your #Truckies for the May Social Media Photo Contest

by Miranda Brooks 2. May 2021 10:07

We love seeing your photos from the road, so we're holding a monthly photography contest! Send us your best #truckies for a 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!

We can't wait to see your photos!

 

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