Vote for Your Favorite Truckie on Facebook and Instagram

by Christina Sacco 3. August 2020 15:15

Voting starts today for our July Social Media Photography Contest and you choose the winner! Head over to our Facebook (@USXpressDrivers) or Instagram (@us.xpressdrivers) today through Monday, August 10th at noon to vote for your favorite photo from the road submitted by a fellow driver. 

We’re holding this photo each month all year long, so send us your best truck photo anytime 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. Each month, we’ll compile the top submissions and let you pick the winner by voting for your favorite on Facebook and Instagram. 

Here’s how it works:

- Submit your photos by the last day of each month in 2020 through our Facebook page (@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 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).

Photo credit: Professional Driver and June Photo Contest Winner Marcos T.

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Hitting the Road with Tripp Wheeler

by Christina Sacco 2. August 2020 08:55

Tripp Wheeler has learned a lot about life on the road and what it means to be a Professional Truck Driver at U.S. Xpress. There’s a big difference in being a beginner and being a professional, but no matter where you are in your driving journey, there’s always more to learn. Check out the “Gearing Up with Tripp Wheeler” video series to help you continue growing and improving as a Professional Truck Driver with topics like risk zones, safety, accident prevention, limiting distractions, and driver behavior.  

Learn more about driving at U.S. Xpress and about staying safe in the summer heat in your 5-part Professional Driver Development Summer Training program. It’s now live, so please be sure to complete it by Friday, September 11th.

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, just reach out to your manager. And, as always, thanks for driving with us!

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

by Christina Sacco 1. August 2020 08:53

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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Team Member Update: COVID-19

by Christina Sacco 31. July 2020 08:27

As positive COVID-19 cases across the country continue to rise, we are seeing more and more cases within our team as well. Between March and Monday, July 27th, 83 of our team members, mostly drivers, have tested positive for the virus. We’re happy to say everyone is in stable condition, many having made a full recovery.

As you know, if you test positive for the virus, you have to stay home for at least two weeks, until you’ve tested negative. Though some drivers have already returned to work, losing any of you for a few weeks at a time puts a huge strain on our capacity. So, we all need to be doing our part to help stop the spread within the company and our communities.

 

These precautions are a great place to start:

 

·         COVID-19 spreads mainly among people who are in close contact (within about 6 feet) for a prolonged period, so maintain social distancing as much as possible.

·         Take breaks in your cab.

·         Wear a face covering whenever you are outside your cab. Remember, if you’re going into any of our facilities, a face covering is now required.

·         Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water aren’t available, hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol is a good substitute.

·         Disinfect frequently touches surfaces as often as possible. This includes your steering wheel, DriverTech unit, and the door handles to your cab.

 

Thanks for your cooperation and for all the hard work you’re putting in ever day. Stay safe out there.

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Easy Money in Your Pocket

by Christina Sacco 30. July 2020 10:56

Want an extra $4,000 in your pocket? Introduce us to new drivers, and the cash could be yours. 

For a limited time only, we are now paying… 

• $2,000 for every experienced Solo Driver 

• $4,000 for every experienced Team

You’ll receive your bonus once your 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.

Get your cash in hand ASAP. Make a referral by visiting www.USXpress.com/driver-referral.

Thinking of teaming up yourself? There’s $1,500 in it for U.S. Xpress drivers. Find a partner (or we can help you find one), and you’ll each earn a $1,500 Team Up Bonus.

Why drive as a team? You’ll get more miles, more money, and you’ll be eligible for our Utilization Bonus each month. Plus, our OTR Team CPM is one of the best in the country.

Know someone outside the company you want to team up with? Bring them on as a U.S. Xpress driver, and you’ll not only get the $1,500 Team Up Bonus, but you’ll also score an additional $2,000 Driver Referral Bonus!

Ready to make more money by driving Team? Contact blee@usxpress.com today to get started. Please note, the $1,500 Team Up Bonus is for OTR Teams only and is for both U.S. Xpress company drivers and independent contractors.

 

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Congrats to our June Drivers and Trainers of the Month!

by Christina Sacco 29. July 2020 08:17

Our Drivers and Trainer of the Month are some of the best on the road. Every day they're helping support the supply chain and keeping everyone in the country going, particularly during these uncertain times.

Though we appreciate all our Professional Truck Drivers, these have been 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! June's winners are:

Dedicated Solo Driver of the Month: Kelli C.
"Kelli has been a great asset to the Builders FirstSource account since she came on board in 2014. She does a great job communicating on all aspects of her job, is hard working, very dependable, and never hesitates to help out whenever I ask her. She plays a huge part in keeping the account running smoothly." – Tim Cooper, Transportation Supervisor

Dedicated Team Drivers of the Month: Albert D. & Jennifer D.
"Albert and Jennifer have been running as support for the FedEx Doubles account since October 2019, and they're absolute rock stars! Primarily running out of Portland, OR, they stay out on the road for months at a time and are always ready to get the job done. On their 34-hour resets, they spend their free time giving back to their community, working to make a positive impact on Portland's homeless population. I'm so proud to work for this team! They're amazing drivers, and, more importantly, amazing people!" – Christina Branham, Transportation Supervisor

Dedicated Slipseat Driver of the Month: John E.
"John has been with U.S. Xpress for over 10 years. He's always upbeat with a smile on his face daily. He has an outstanding professional work ethic and willingness to help out whenever he's needed. You can give John a load and consider it handled. It'll always arrive on time and safely. If we had more Johns, we could play cards all day and have NO worries." – Lee Hogle, Transportation Manager

Dedicated Owner Operator Driver of the Month: Marvin H.

OTR Solo Driver of the Month: Steven D.
"Steven is a true joy to work with. He never complains and always does his job at a very high level. U.S. Xpress is lucky to have a driver of his caliber." – Jason Ward, Fleet Support Manager

OTR Team Drivers of the Month: Junior C. & Adam C.
"Junior and Adam have displayed the skills of a great OTR team. They're a top performing truck and never complain when they meet a challenge. I look forward to seeing them every day because they're so easy to work with." – Jake Sponberger, Team Fleet Manager

OTR Owner Operator of the Month: Devin M.
"Devin is a pleasure to work with and always does whatever he can to get the job done. He goes above and beyond to make sure the freight is serviced on time. Devin, thank you for all you do! You deserve this recognition." – Jennie Decunto, Fleet Support Manager

Trainer of the Month: Lyle F.
"We are so proud Lyle has received the Trainer of the Month award! He has a great attitude and is always willing to go the extra mile. He's a professional in every way and can contribute a lot of knowledge to a trainee. Congrats Lyle!" – Natasha Crabtree, Transportation Manager

Join us in giving a big congratulations to June's Drivers and Trainer of the Month for their hard work, dedication, and Relentless attitude as they keep this country rolling. We're lucky to have each of them on our team.

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Gear Up for the Summer with Professional Driver Tony

by Christina Sacco 28. July 2020 09:39

As many of you know, extreme heat can be dangerous to drive in if you aren’t checking your truck before hitting the road. Particularly in the summer, you should always check your engine belt, fluid levels, oil levels and temperature, hoses, and tire pressure as part of your pre-trip inspection.

Learn more about summer safety, including information about your Adaptive Cruise Control, Collision Mitigation System, and weight restrictions, in the “Gearing Up with Tony” section of your Professional Driver Development Summer Training. 

The whole training program, divided into five quick assignments, is now live and should be completed by Friday, September 11th. 

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, just reach out to your manager. And, as always, thanks for driving with us!

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New Career Opportunities for Experienced Solo OTR Drivers: Variant

by Christina Sacco 27. July 2020 16:51

 

Over the last 18 months, you may have heard people talking about U.S. Xpress Ventures or just “Ventures”, and you may have wondered what that is. Or, in recent weeks you may have seen a reference to “Variant” on social media and wondered what that is. 

To answer these questions, let’s start with the beginning. Roughly 18 months ago we had an idea to see what would happen when we built an asset-based solo OTR trucking organization that uses advanced technology to improve efficiencies and the experience for professional truck drivers. 

We hired a small team of developers, product managers, analysts, operators and drivers. We began experimenting with a technology platform that efficiently and effectively plans drivers and helps them navigate their jobs more easily, all while creating another career option for experienced solo OTR drivers.

When we started, we had just a few drivers and now we’ve grown just over 450 solo OTR drivers. We started out calling this fleet “Ventures”, but starting today, we’ve changed the name to Variant, coming from the Latin word variare which means “to change”. 

And as of this morning, we’re recruiting more experienced solo OTR drivers with the help of a new website (www.DriveVariant.com). 

Our goal is to get to 900 experienced solo OTR drivers within the fleet by the end of March 2021 and continue to monitor results. 

As long as we’re growing the fleet, if you’re a solo OTR driver with U.S. Xpress today, you’ll get information soon about when you will be eligible to take the next step in your career and transfer to the Variant fleet. Drivers coming from outside of U.S. Xpress are required to have 2 years’ experience to run with Variant. But solo OTR drivers who are already part of the company may transfer with 1-year experience, provided there are no service or safety issues. Look for more information in your email inbox within the next few days.

In the meantime, if you have questions about Variant, check out the Q&A section below or talk with your fleet manager/account supervisor. 


Q&A

Will Variant have team drivers? 
At this time, Variant is made up of experienced solo OTR drivers. We’re continuing to run teams within the legacy U.S. Xpress business.

Will Variant have a Dedicated offering? 
At this time, Variant is made up of experienced solo OTR drivers. We’re continuing to run our Dedicated business within legacy U.S. Xpress.

Will Variant have Independent Contractors?
Not currently, but possibly in the future.

What do Variant drivers make?
Variant drivers make 45¢ per mile and get an average of 2,500 miles per week. If there’s a week when they don’t get 2,500 miles, we pay them as though they did. 

Does Variant accept student drivers?
Variant does not have a student program and does not intend to ever start one. 

Can I transfer to Variant?
As long as we’re growing the fleet, if you’re a solo OTR driver, you’ll be able to transfer once you have at least a year experience and a good safety record. In fact, soon we’ll be reaching out to our existing solo OTR drivers to let them know when they’ll be able to transfer. External recruits must have a minimum of two years driving experience. 

If I’m a Dedicated or Team driver, can I transfer to Variant? 
Currently, Variant is just for solo OTR drivers. 

As a U.S. Xpress driver, if I refer another driver to the Variant fleet, will I get the $2,000 bonus? 
Yes! Send a driver to Variant who gets hired and you’ll get the $2,000 bonus for referring an experienced driver. 

Is Variant going to be our new solo SBU?
We don’t know yet. We are continually looking to allocate our resources to the highest performing business models over the long-term. Our Dedicated and OTR team models are performing at best-in-class level, and our Variant model, though quite different from our legacy solo SBU, is showing great promise. Over time, it’s possible the Variant model becomes our new solo product offering, but it’s too soon to tell.

 

 

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Don’t Get Penalized: Learn How to Access E-logs on Your Mobile Device

by Christina Sacco 27. July 2020 08:22

As you know, during an inspection, you’re responsible for showing your HOS logs and knowing the functions related to a roadside inspection from within your DriverTech unit. But do you know how to access the information on 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 “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

Now you’re directly connected to DriverTech and your mobile device is acting as your ELD display screen. Go ahead and hand it to the DOT officer so he or she can complete your inspection. Then just like that – you’re back on the road!

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

by Christina Sacco 26. July 2020 10:46

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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