Fleet Services Newsletter, April 2017

Fleet Services Newsletter

April 2017

Online Training

Our office offers a variety of online driving courses that are available for university drivers. Most people are only aware of the two popular ones we offer, Defensive Driving and Maxi-van Training. However, we actually offer 43 different courses. Aggressive Driving, Sharing the Road with Others, Vehicle Maintenance, and Medium Duty Truck Highway Driving are just some of the different courses we offer.  View entire catalog of online courses offered through Fleet Services.  The courses only cost $6.00/person and registering for them is simple. Just send us an interdepartmental requisition and the training participant form and we will get your drivers registered.

When to Honk the Horn

Horns are meant to be used as a way of warning motorists of potential danger, but more often than not, they are used as a way to scold other motorists. The California department of Motor vehicles recommends using the horn in these kind of situations: only when necessary to avoid collisions and to try to get “eye contact” with other drivers. You should not use your horn to alert other drivers they made a mistake, to tell other motorists to go faster, or because you are angry. The honk of a horn can scare other motorists or pedestrians, so remember use it only when necessary.

Saturday Hours

With the spring semester quickly coming to a close, we will no longer have Saturday hours after May 13. This means that weekend vehicle reservations will need to be picked up after 4 p.m. Friday. We will delay the charges until the time when your trip actually begins; just include the departure date and time in the notes section on the requisition.

Deb’s Safety Corner

Unless you drive an ambulance, fire truck or law enforcement vehicle, speeding in any situation is a bad idea (and illegal). Do you really need to speed or drive recklessly to get across campus? Most of us cannot justify the bad driving behavior while performing our daily duties. Schedule travel time into your daily routine and have a Plan B to get around traffic or pedestrians.

Parking Lot Signs

Our parking lot recently received some signage updates. We now have “No Parking” signs next to our building and in front of the shop garage doors. Please do not park in these areas when dropping off a rental or when delivering a vehicle to the shop. We also have “Slow” signs posted for the drive from the fuel pump area to our office. There are people walking in this area very frequently and we want to help ensure their safety, as well as vehicles backing in and out.

Accident Reporting Procedures

Did you know that if you are ever in an accident in a university vehicle, what you need to do is printed on the gold envelope in your glove compartment? The procedure is listed step by step with our phone number. Once the forms are filled out, stick them back in the envelope, drop them in campus mail and they will be sent right to our office.

Fleet Services Factoid

“On the interstate when you see the exit notification signs on the overheads that advise you of the distance to the various upcoming exits, pay attention to where the exit number tab is attached. It is a clue to where you should start settling into the traffic pattern. When the exit number is posted above the right corner, that exit will go off on the right side of the highway. If the exit number is posted above the left corner of the sign, that exit will go off on the left side of the highway.” Thank you Scott E. for the interesting fact about interstate highway signage.

Fleet Services Info

Manager:  Mike Wilson

Phone:  (319) 384-0564

Fax:  (319) 335-5865

Hours:  7:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. Monday-Friday

Fall and spring only 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Saturday

Shop Hours:  8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday

Shop Phone:  (319) 335-5102

Fueling Hours:  24 hours/ 7 days a week

E-mail:  Fleet-Services@uiowa.edu

Web Site:  http://transportation.uiowa.edu/university-vehicles