Fleet Services Newsletter, December 2015

Fleet Services Newsletter

December 2015

Does Your Vehicle Have a Spare Tire?

Do you know if your vehicle has a spare tire?  If you think you do, you may be surprised at a very inconvenient time.  We’ve come to expect that our vehicles will have at least a “donut” spare if not a full-sized one.  However, in recent years the manufacturers have replaced the spare tire in several different types of vehicles with a can of “Fix-a-Flat” and maybe a small compressor.  For a tread puncture the can of sealant will probably work just fine.  But, if you have damage to the sidewall of the tire, the sealant will probably not work. 

For additional information, check out this spare tire article from Automotive Fleet

Fleet Services Holiday Hours

As the break period approaches, we wanted to let you know about our operational hours during these times.

Fleet Services will be closed on the following days:

Saturday, December 12 and 19

Thursday, Friday and Saturday, December 24-26

Friday and Saturday, January 1-2

Saturday, January 9 and 16

Monday, January 18

We will be closing at 5 pm December 28 – December 31

If you will need a vehicle during a time we are not open, you may pick up the vehicle up to 2 hours before closing, on the last business day before your trip begins, and the charges will not begin until your trip begins.  Please note in the “Remarks/Notes” field when the charges should begin.  If you have any questions, please call our office at (319) 384-0564.

Annual AAA Cost of Owning a Vehicle

Every year, AAA publishes a study that examines the cost per mile to operate several different types of vehicles.   The study is very comprehensive and examines costs such as insurance, loan interest, fuel, repairs, maintenance, license/registration/taxes and depreciation.  It also examines the cost over several different annual mileages because the more you drive, the lower the cost per mile.  Here are some examples:  at 15,000 miles per year it costs $0.449 per mile to drive a small sedan, $0.581 per mile to drive a medium sedan and $0.71 cents per mile to drive a large sedan.  View entire article from AAA on the cost of owning a vehicle

Road Condition Resources

The DOT sponsors a website that helps you find out the condition of the roads you may be driving upon. For information call 511 and specify the roads you will be traveling on or you can go to http://hb.511ia.org .  You can also access the highway cameras from this site so you can see the actual road conditions in real time. You can also get an app for your Apple or Android smartphone. 

Neighboring State Laws To Be Aware Of

If you don’t travel in neighboring states very often it may be difficult to discover where their driving laws differ from those in Iowa.  Here are a couple of laws you need to be aware of:

Minnesota – You can mount a GPS to the windshield, but it must be mounted in the lower portion of the windshield so as not to obstruct the driver’s view.  View additional information on mounting a GPS within your vehicle in Minnesota

Illinois – Use of a cell phone, unless using a hands-free device, is prohibited.  View additional information on the use of cell phones in Illinois

Winter Driving Tips

Although you couldn’t tell from the temperatures the last several days, it is winter.  Driving in winter is very different than driving at any other time of year.  AAA has some excellent winter and snow driving tips.

Fleet Services Factoid

Generally, 1 inch of rain equals 13 inches of snow.  That can vary between 2 and 50 inches of snow depending on conditions.  Visit the NSSL website for more information

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