Fleet Services Newsletter, December 2014

Fleet Services Newsletter

December 2014

New Fleet Services Website!!

As I have mentioned in the past our department has been working on a website redesign.  On Tuesday, December 16 our new website will go live!!!  The design is vastly improved and it should be easier for you to answer your questions.  The new address is:  http://transportation.uiowa.edu/university-vehicles

For a short time period, you will be redirected to the new site if you use a bookmark for the old site.  So, it would be a good idea to change your bookmark now so you don’t have a problem finding our site in the future.  Please let me know if you have any comments or there is something you are looking for that you can’t find. 

Fleet Services Holiday Hours

Please see below for our holiday hours.  Please note that we have updated our hours for December 24.  We will be closing at 5pm.

November 27, 28 and 29: Closed

December 13, 20, 25, 26, and 27: Closed

December 24, 29, 30, 31 & January 2: Our hours are 7am-5pm

January 1, 3, 10, 17, 19: Closed

If you need a vehicle during a time period when we will be closed you may pick it up after 4 pm on the last business day before your departure.  We will not start the charges until your trip actually begins.  Be sure to indicate the trip start date and time on the requisition in the comments section.

If you have any questions about our holiday hours or when to pick up a vehicle, please call our office at (319) 384-0564.

Sitting Pretty

Did you know that proper seat positioning in your vehicle is one of the most important things you can do to maintain optimal steering control and visibility?  According to a website article from Automotive Fleet, drivers should adjust the seat so they sit no closer than 10 inches to the steering wheel and can see the road ahead.  Shorter drivers may need an extra cushion to provide the optimal sight-line of 3 inches above the top of the steering wheel.  Drivers should also be able to operate the pedals with the balls of their feet without needing to stretch their leg or reach excessively with their feet.  Check out this AAA video on proper seat and steering wheel positioning.

I Can See Clearly Now…

It is ice scraping season again.  When you clean your windows, please scrape the entire window; front and back as well as sides.   It is much easier to see traffic if you can see in all directions from the driver’s seat.  Also, remember to turn your headlights on (low-beam setting) when there is fog.  It makes you much easier to see.

Don’t Be Sandbagging Me!!

Remember in the way back when, your dad used to put a sand bag in the truck of your car for better winter traction?   If you still do this, it may not be helping your traction and it will definitely be hurting your fuel economy.  Most vehicles are front-wheel drive, which means the wheels that power the vehicle are in the front.  The weight of the engine provides plenty of traction help, and extra weight in the trunk only cuts down on your MPGs.  If you do have a rear-wheel drive vehicle the sand may help.  But never, keep the sand in the passenger compartment.   If you are in an accident, the last thing you want is a 75# bag of sand bouncing around.

Call to Reserve Your Loaner

If your vehicle is scheduled for maintenance or accident repair and you will need a loaner please call our office to reserve one.  That way we can make sure you get the vehicle type that best meets your needs.

Fleet Services Factoid

According to gasbuddy.com there are 13 states where the average price of gasoline is below $2 per gallon on 12/15/14. 

Fleet Services Info

Manager:  Mike Wilson

Phone:  (319) 384-0564

Fax:  (319) 335-5865

Hours:  7:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.  M-F 

Fall and Spring only:  8:00 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sat

Shop Hours:  8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  M-F

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