Montreal, May 25th, 2020
In February 2019, after nearly a year of extensive research, consultation and planning, US Xpress rolled out their Professional Driver Development Program. A key element of this progressive initiative was the integration of truck simulation as a complement to the theory and practical training. Virage Simulation was honored that US Xpress selected the VS600M Truck Simulator and training programs to enhance their competency-based training approach. We are delighted to learn that the concerted efforts by US Xpress to improve their driver program have produced a significant reduction in employee turnovers and an impressive decrease in preventable crashes.
Ralph Romero, VP of Talent Management discusses new driver training program results in the company’s annual report.
“I’ve worked in talent management for a long time, but one of the most rewarding projects I’ve ever worked on has been the Professional Driver Development initiative at U.S. Xpress. Since rolling it out, there has already been a 6% decrease in driver turnover and 20% reduction in preventable accidents among participating drivers. These kinds of results are really what keep me going. I’m so lucky to be part of such a relentless team that was able to come together to make it happen.”
Eric Fuller, President and Chief Executive Officer of U.S. Xpress explains : ”We have also been focused on improving our safety results given our desire to be a good corporate citizen and put the best quality truck and driver out on the road and around our friends and families. There is also a significant financial benefit to this initiative, since our accident costs, reflected mostly in our insurance line item, is one of our largest costs.”
“We have revamped our driver training program, starting at the beginning of 2019, which was based on a more hands on approach, as opposed to a dense classroom curriculum. We opened two facilities this past year and plan to open more facilities in 2020 with a goal of using this new training for 100% of our drivers, over time.”
Click here to access U.S. Xpress’ annual report.:
Click here for a summary of the VS600M truck simulator used at U.S. Xpress.: