Fleet Services Newsletter, February 2018

Fleet Services Newsletter

February 2018

New Driver’s License Review System

If you haven’t already noticed, the Risk Management Driver’s License Review System is new and improved! The new system allows you to designate drivers as “Required To Drive” or “Not Required to Drive”. “Required To Drive” generally means that driving is listed in a person’s job description, which means if the driver does not have authorization to drive for the University they cannot fully perform their essential job duties. Those who are “Not Required To Drive” are emailed a link to self-certify that they are compliant with the University Driving Policy. View the user manual with helpful tutorials or view the University Driving Policy


How Often Should You Wash Your Vehicle?

According to How Stuff Works, experts recommend washing the outside of your vehicle every two weeks or so throughout the year. Depending on how much driving you do and if you keep it out of the elements, you can go longer between washes. People often think that washing their car is more of a summertime chore, but it should actually be done more in the winter because of the salt on the roads. Don’t forget to clean the inside every once in a while as well! Even a quick clean can make a big difference. If you notice your department vehicle needs a little touch up, stop by our office to use our cleaning supplies. If you need a car wash, you can get a coupon once a month for a free one.


Deb's Safety Corner: Mixed Signals?

You probably can’t guess what the vehicle in front of you is going to do next unless you’re a mind reader and the same goes for the vehicle following you.  Indicate your intentions by using your turn signals in advance of entering and exiting a roadway and always when making turns. Signals alert other drivers and pedestrians of your intentions.


What’s That Noise?

Have you ever been driving and heard a weird noise in the vehicle and just decided to pretend you didn’t hear it? Well according to AAA, there are eight vehicle noises that drivers should never ignore. If you hear “squealing, grinding, rattling, popping, hissing, clicking, roaring, or tapping,” you may want to get it looked at. Watch this video to find out what may be causing each noise.                                                                                                                                                                   

Spring Break Reminder

Remember to get your spring break reservations done as soon as possible. We already have 50 minivan and 12 SUV reservations. If you have student drivers, now is the time to get driver’s license reviews and registration for driver training submitted.


WEX Card Best Practices

We have recently added the WEX fuel card best practices list to our website. These practices include helpful tips to follow when using the fuel card and reminders for the card limits. It may be worthwhile to print these practices and circulate around your department. Also, keep them in your vehicle to look at when you aren’t sure about something. View WEX Card Best Practices.  


Spring Break Hours

We will have normal business hours during the week of spring break, but we will be closed Saturday, March 10 and 17. If you need a vehicle during these weekends, please make the reservation for the Friday before with a pickup time after 4pm. Also, in the notes section include the time you will actually be using the vehicle. Our normal Saturday hours will resume March 24.


Fleet Factoid

When it comes to road deaths caused by cell phone use, Texas is the worst state with 312 deaths each year according to a report from Expert Market. The other states ranking in the top five for most fatal crashes due to cell phones are: California, Florida, North Carolina and Georgia. The top three states with the fewest fatal crashes due to cell phone use are: District of Columbia, Rhode Island and Vermont. Iowa is ranked 33rd with 28.2 deaths/year. View the complete rankings


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