CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — U.S. Xpress, the nation’s fifth largest asset-based truckload carrier by revenue, Wednesday officially debuted its new driver development program and the opening of its redesigned development center in Tunnel Hill, Georgia.
Created by truck driving professionals, the completely transformed program utilizes best-in-class learning and development techniques, using a technology-driven approach and a modern simulator for teachings, replacing lecture-style classes, according to CEO Eric Fuller.
The largest truckload carrier to begin implementing a competency-aligned simulator program, U.S. Xpress’ goal is to provide its drivers with the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary for a lifetime of, and millions of miles of, successful driving, he said.
“U.S. Xpress’ professional driver development program showcases the Company’s continued commitment to a better quality of life for drivers, and establishes us as an industry leader as we continue to transform how we manage our operations, technology, and safety procedures,” Fuller said. “Between our ‘Full Ride’ scholarship program, first day medical benefits, and advanced truck technology, we are giving our greatest assets, our drivers, the tools to further grow and develop professionally.”
The newly-launched program provides continuous learning opportunities for both new and experienced drivers.
Created with input from truck driving professionals, the multi-platform program features in-person development sessions; a hands-on commercial motor vehicle learning lab, where drivers inspect and identify faulty equipment; a competency-aligned simulator program; a driving range where drivers can practice straight line, alley dock, serpentine, coupling and uncoupling maneuvers; over 150 e-learning videos; as well as ELD practice and device training.
“We believe our professional driver development program will ensure long term success for our drivers,” said Amanda Thompson, senior vice president of human resources. “The new program positions U.S. Xpress as an industry innovator and empowers drivers’ continued learning and development on and off the road.”
The company’s new development program allows drivers to complete training assignments and refresher courses on their own time, and at their own pace, with the opportunity to check-in and practice skills as they feel necessary, Thompson said.
For more information about professional driver development visit www.usxpress.com/mediahub.