Make Your Next Stop the U.S. Xpressway

by Christina Sacco 15. July 2019 16:34

The U.S. Xpressway is the website  exclusively for all U.S. Xpress Drivers, including Independent Contractors. 

Visit www.USXpressway.com today for company news, videos, and interactive sections, as well as important information about:

  • Details about equipment, trucks, and trailers. 
  • Ways to keep your cargo security.
  • Tips for reading settlement sheets.
  • Ways to stay safe and compliant while on the road. 
  • Contacts at U.S. Xpress available to help you. 
  • How to bring pets and riders with you, and ways to stay healthy on the road.

If you already use the Xpress Mobile app, log in with your mobile app username and password. If you don’t have the mobile app, click on the New Driver Registration button on www.USXpressway.com and create a login quickly and easily.

We hope you enjoy your website, and thanks for driving with us! 

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Operation Safe Driver Week kicks off today

by Christina Sacco 14. July 2019 16:55

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance launches its Operation Safe Driver Week today. From now through Saturday, July 20, law enforcement will be on the lookout for commercial and passenger vehicle drivers engaging in dangerous driving behavior, with an emphasis on speeding.

During this week, you should use the same safe driving practices that you do every day. These include:

  • Maintaining speeds at or below posted speed limits
  • Wearing a seatbelt
  • Not using any handheld mobile device, including cell phones
  • Keeping a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you
  • Making proper lane changes
  • Avoiding reckless and aggressive driving
  • Obeying all traffic signs and devices, including stop signs, traffic lights, lane restriction signs, weight limit signs, etc.

If you have any questions about Operation Safe Driver Week, please reach out to your Fleet Manager/Account Supervisor or the Safety Department.

We appreciate you always being safe out there, and thanks for driving with us!

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Make up to 30% more as a Certified Driver Trainer!

by Christina Sacco 13. July 2019 16:53

There are many rewards to being a Certified Driver Trainer, from the gratitude of new drivers to making more money!

When you're a trainer with U.S. Xpress, you’ll receive $450 for completing the 3-day certification class, and then you get your solo rate of pay for all dispatched miles no matter who is driving. And, you’ll also get a $20/day stipend for each day the Student is on the truck available for dispatch. 

Once your student upgrades to a first seat driver, you’ll still get paid when your student completes various milestones: 

  • $100 if the student successfully completes the backing test without additional training
  • $100 if the student successfully completes the road test without additional training
  • $150 if the student's HOS logs are complete and error-free
  • $100 if you stay out with the student for the entire training period (no hotel costs incurred)
  • $50 per month of the student’s safe driving (no preventable accidents, no CSA points, and no citations or violations) for 12 months following the student’s upgrade
  • $150 retention bonus if the student remains with U.S. Xpress for 6 months after upgrade
  • $250 retention bonus if the student remains with U.S. Xpress for 12 months after upgrade

There are paid training classes every Saturday - Monday in various locations. You’ll need to be approved before attending classes, so visit www.usxpress.com/certified-driver-trainer to apply today.

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Eve is Here for You.

by Christina Sacco 13. July 2019 16:52

Eve, the external event recorder, is here to help keep everyone safer. Here’s how: 

- Eve records video outside the cab and audio inside the cab when a triggering event occurs: hard braking, swerving, speeding, collisions or lane departures.

- It is used to give kudos to good driving, coaching to driving that could be better and has the potential to clear you when you’re not at fault. 

- You can manually record if necessary by pushing either of the blue buttons. 

If you have any questions about Eve, please reach out to your Fleet Manager/Account Supervisor. 

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Heads up! Operation Safe Driver Week starts this Sunday

by Christina Sacco 12. July 2019 16:50

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance will be sponsoring Operation Safe Driver Week from July 14 – 20, and law enforcement will be on the lookout for commercial and passenger vehicle drivers engaging in dangerous driving behavior, with an emphasis on speeding.

During the week, you should use the same safe driving practices that you do every day. These include:

  • Maintaining speeds at or below posted speed limits
  • Wearing a seatbelt
  • Not using any handheld mobile device, including cell phones
  • Keeping a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you
  • Making proper lane changes
  • Avoiding reckless and aggressive driving
  • Obeying all traffic signs and devices, including stop signs, traffic lights, lane restriction signs, weight limit signs, etc.

If you have any questions about Operation Safe Driver Week, please reach out to your Fleet Manager/Account Supervisor or the Safety Department.

We appreciate you always being safe out there, and thanks for driving with us!

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U.S. Xpress Military Trucks Rode in the National Independence Day Parade`

by Christina Sacco 12. July 2019 16:45

In case you missed our trucks in the National Independence Day last week, you can check out all the photos online at https://www.facebook.com/pg/National.Independence.Day.Parade/.

We were first invited to be in the Washington, D.C., parade in 2018, marking the first time a commercial trucking company has ever been invited. So it was a great honor to be invited back again this year, to help celebrate our nation's independence and also the sacrifices and efforts of our military service men and women. 

Thanks to our drivers who represented us in D.C.!

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U.S. Xpress Named Carrier of the Year by FedEx Ground

by Christina Sacco 12. July 2019 16:07

We are excited to announce FedEx Ground named U.S. Xpress its 2019 Carrier of the Year! At their annual carrier conference in Pittsburgh, FedEx Ground acknowledged our outstanding achievement for on-time service and customer contact.

“FedEx Ground has used our services for more than two decades and they are one of our top 10 customers,” said President and CEO Eric Fuller. “I am proud of the strong working partnership we have developed over the years, and I am even more proud of our team who has worked so hard to make this happen.”

This the first time we have been named Carrier of the Year by FedEx Ground. Great job to everyone who made this possible!

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U.S. Xpress Team Drivers Retire After 22 Years

by Christina Sacco 11. July 2019 17:07

t’s a bittersweet goodbye to Professional Drivers Scott and Sylvia S. After 22 years, the husband and wife duo have decided to retire from their driving duties. 

It doesn’t matter who you ask, people who have worked with this team agree, Scott and Sylvia  have conducted themselves as true professionals and will be remembered for their valued services to U.S. Xpress and our customers. They excelled in every aspect of their driving career and was always available to help out when needed.

During their tenure with U.S. Xpress, Scott, Sylvia, and their Account Supervisor Debra O’Neil developed a lasting relationship that extended outside of work. Debra says the two families have become friends and together they have experienced so much including births of grandchildren and family vacations. “Our friendship will continue beyond retirement. We are already making plans to visit each other in the future,” said Debra. 

We are thankful and proud to have drivers like Scott and Sylvia drive with U.S. Xpress for so long, and we wish them nothing but the best during their retirement years! 

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Complete Your Summer 2019 Training Assignments by August 31

by Christina Sacco 10. July 2019 16:53

As part of our commitment to your ongoing professional development, you have been assigned training that is now available through our online learning management system. We’re asking that you complete the six assignments by August 31, 2019. 

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 summer, we’re focusing on the following topics:

  • Speed Management
  • Space Management
  • Cruise Control and Hill Descent Control
  • Detroit Assurance Adaptive Cruise
  • Heat Casualty Awareness and Prevention
  • Organizational Fraud

You can complete all six assignments at once or one at a time, whichever is most convenient for you. Plus, you can access them quickly and easily online! Logon to the online learning system 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 learning management system? 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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Win $50 for Showing You Know the Hours of Service 14-Hour Rule

by Christina Sacco 9. July 2019 18:19

Congrats to Sheryl M., Brian S., and Allen D. for winning $50 by correctly answering last week’s question: True. You can take your 30-minute break anywhere you want, so long as you log it as being off-duty or in sleeper berth. Want your own chance to win? Show us you know about the 30-Minute Break Rule by correctly answer this week’s question below.

As you may know, DOT officers will check hours of service (HOS) compliance during inspections. It’s always important to re-familiarize yourself with the basic hours of service regulations. This week, we’re focusing on the 14-Hour Rule.

The 14-Hour Rule is about the maximum number of hours you are allowed to be on-duty before you’re required to take a 10-hour break. During this period, you can drive for 11 hours and perform non-driving work for an additional 3 hours. When you hit 14-hours of on-duty status, you can choose to spend 8 hours of your break in sleeper berth status. Also, remember that you can use Personal Conveyance to drive up to 50 miles off-duty to spend your break in a safe location or home. Make sure to select Personal Conveyance in DriverTech before doing so.

Think you know the 14-Hour Rule? Visit our Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/USXpressDrivers/ or Instagram at us.xpressdrivers to correctly answer our question of the week, and you could be one of three drivers randomly selected to receive $50 on your paycheck next week:

Which will pause your 14-hour clock?

A. An 8-hour break in sleeper berth
B. An 8-hour break in off-duty status
C. Neither of the above.

If you aren’t on social media, send you answer to USXCommunications@usxpress.com. And, if you have questions about HOS regulations, call 844-879-7737 option 6 for the Safety team or ask your FM/AS.

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