Fleet Services Newsletter, January 2017

Fleet Services Newsletter

January 2017

Please Park in a Parking Spot

We would like to remind everyone that when delivering a vehicle for service or returning a rental vehicle, please park the vehicle in a parking spot. There are usually plenty of open spaces, so please do not park in front of the stairs or garage doors.

Backing Up, Check That Camera

In a recent article, “How to Effectively Back Up Using Rearview Cameras”, “Accidents that occurred while parking and backing up were listed as the fourth most common in 2016, accounting for 7.35% of reported fleet accident types. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), rearview cameras reduced the blind zone for drivers by about 90%. Because of a ruling from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), rearview camera technology will be standard on all new vehicles under 10,000 pounds by May 2018.”

How To: Jump-Start a Car Battery

It’s inevitable, there will come a time when you will have to jump-start your vehicle or will need to help someone. For those of you who don’t know how to correctly jump-start a vehicle, below are the step-by-step instructions.

1.  Position the two vehicles so the batteries are within jumper cable distance of one another, but do not let the vehicles touch.

2.  On each vehicle remove the key from the ignition and turn off all factory electrical systems such as the lights, radio, etc.

3.  Connect the jumper cables in the following order to the specified locations: Install one end of the positive jumper cable (red clamp) to the positive terminal of the dead battery. Install the other end of the positive jumper cable (red clamp) to the positive terminal of the booster battery. Install one end of the negative jumper cable (black clamp) to the negative terminal of the booster battery. Connect the other end of the negative jumper cable (black clamp) to a ground point on the vehicle with the dead battery, such as the engine block or an accessory bracket, as far from the battery as possible.

4.  Start the vehicle with the good battery and let it run a few minutes. Then try to start the vehicle with the dead battery. If the engine seems to be turning too slowly, stop cranking and wait a few minutes to avoid draining both batteries. Then try to start the dead vehicle again.

5.  Once the vehicle starts: allow it to run at a high idle for 30 seconds or more, turn on the headlights and heater (to help reduce damage from a voltage spike), then remove the jumper cables in the reverse order of installation and finally, turn off the headlights and heater.

Deb's Safety Corner: Free Advertising

Every time someone drives a UI vehicle, he or she is driving a mobile billboard, advertising a high quality product. There may not be a scrolling message on the side of that truck or van but the public sees and hears everything that vehicle does. Our vehicles do not run on their own, at least not yet, so coach your drivers on the high expectations of representing the UI each time they drive a UI vehicle. Obey speed limits, drive safely for conditions and maintain safe distances will keep them safe, and accident free!

We Want You!  To Fill Out Your Shop Survey

Did you recently have your vehicle serviced at the shop and happen to see that orange tag hanging on the rearview mirror? That is our shop survey and it only takes a minute to fill out then send back to us. We actually do read the responses and enjoy hearing back from you about how we did and we take into account what you have to say to make our service better.

Spring Break

Spring break is quickly approaching and we have already had many reservations. If you need to rent a vehicle, it is never too early to send in your requisition. In addition, if you need to haul a trailer for your trip, the SUV’s are going fast. The vehicles available to haul a trailer are first come, first serve. Get yours reserved today!

Large Trucks

We all know how difficult it can be to drive in the winter conditions, but think about how much more difficult it is to be a large truck driver. According to Automotive Fleet’s, “Driving Near Large Trucks” article, “larger trucks need more space since they are unable to stop and slow down as easy as smaller vehicles; this is especially true during winter conditions. There are four incidents that drivers need to avoid when driving around large trucks: lingering alongside a truck when passing, following too closely, underestimating the size of an approaching tractor-trailer, and cutting off a truck in traffic to reach an exit or turn.” Click here to read more.

Fleet Services Factoid

The first day of spring is Monday, March 20. That means there are 58 more days of winter.

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 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