Fleet Services Newsletter, December 2016

Fleet Services Newsletter

December 2016

Holiday Hours

With the holidays right around the corner we want to remind you of our modified office hours.

  • The office will be closed December 26-27 and January 2nd.
  • We will be open from 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. on December 28, 29 and 30.
  • The office will be closed the following Saturdays: December 17, 24, 31 and January 7 and 14.
  • Normal Saturday hours will resume January 21.

Safe Winter Driving Tips

Winter is coming, December 21st to be exact and with that will come snow and ice. Be prepared for snowy, slippery conditions with these winter driving tips.

  • Drive slowly- drive for the conditions, not just the speed limit
  • Keep a winter safety kit in your vehicle including: an ice scraper, snow shovel, sand/salt, flashlight, blanket, bottled water, snacks, extra hats and gloves, and a first aid kit
  • Make sure the tires are properly inflated
  • Keep the gas tank at least half full
  • Avoid using cruise control when driving on slippery surfaces
  • Monitor road conditions

DOT Road Conditions

You can check road conditions by calling 511 and specifying the roads you will be traveling or by going to the DOT’s website for road conditions. There, you can view the traffic cameras to see road conditions and accidents. The DOT also has a 511 On the Go app for your mobile device.

Ice Scrapers

Make sure to check your vehicle for an ice scraper. If you do not have one, please stop by our office so we can give you one.

New Vehicle Leases

Our office is currently in the process of ordering new lease vehicles. If your department is in need of a new lease, now is the time to give us a call.

Deb’s Safety Corner

Safety – It’s your responsibility!

You’ve heard there’s safety in numbers? Let’s all agree to make safe driving a part of our everyday life? Take time to focus on the task at hand and avoid distracted driving. Put down the cell phone, the cheeseburger or the make-up. Change the radio station before starting a trip. Keep eyes on the road even at a stop sign or light because traffic is fluid and constantly changing. Be ready, be attentive, be safe!

Drowsy Driving is Like Drunk Driving

The AAA recently completed a study about driving drowsy, concluding that drivers who miss two to three hours of sleep a day almost double their risk of being in a crash. The risk of drowsy driving is comparable to driving drunk. Just like alcohol, drowsiness decreases awareness, slows reaction time, and impairs judgment. The AAA recommends getting enough sleep, taking a break every two hours of driving on longer trips, traveling with someone and taking turns driving, and avoiding heavy foods and medication that cause drowsiness. To read more about this study, check out the article in USA Today.  

IIHS Top Rated Safety Vehicles

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has released its Top Safety Picks for 2017. IIHS tests crashworthiness and crash avoidance and mitigation. To qualify for the 2017 Top Safety Pick, a vehicle must be awarded good ratings in five crashworthiness tests: small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints. They must also earn an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention. Find out where your vehicle ranks

Fleet Services Factoid

“Have you, or your children ever wondered how far Santa would have to travel in order to complete his seasonal task every year?" According to Fermi lab (an impeccable source on Santa related trivia), taking into consideration: land mass vs. water, dwelling size, # of children per household and distance between houses, Santa travels over 160 million kilometers (over 99 million miles).

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