Fleet Services Newsletter, January 2018

Fleet Services Newsletter

January 2018

New Accident Report

Risk Management has recently updated the Board of Regents accident report form. The form is effective this month and needs to be used for any accident reporting from now on. Please take the time to print out the new form and replace it in each department vehicle, if you haven’t done so already.


Don’t Crowd the Plow

This winter, remember to share the road with snow plows. Follow these tips when you see a plow ahead of you on the road: drive slowly, give them room and stay back at least 200 feet, be prepared to stop, don’t pass them on the right, and keep in mind that passing plows is risky. Road conditions will always be safer behind the plow equipment. If you have to pass a snow plow: reduce your speed, allow for extra room, only pass on the left, and be prepared for salt to bounce off your vehicle.


IIHS Top Safety Picks

For 2018, just fifteen vehicles have been awarded the Top Safety Pick+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). To qualify, “a vehicle must earn good ratings in the driver-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests, as well as an acceptable or good rating in the passenger-side small overlap front test. It must also earn an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention and a good headlight rating.” View which vehicles made the cut for the Top Safety Pick+.


Deb’s Safety Corner: It Ain't My Fault!

The fire hydrant scraped the side of my car.  The dumpster collided with my rear bumper.  The lift gate broke my rear window.  Were these fixed objects really responsible for causing damage to your vehicle or was it because you turned too sharply or weren’t aware of your surroundings?  Be aware of hazards when driving and slow down to avoid these types of incidents.


Spring Break

Spring break will be here before we know it and we have already received some vehicle requests. If your department or group is planning on going somewhere over break and you need a vehicle, it is never too early to submit the requisition or get non-employee students approved to drive. Another thing to keep in mind is whether or not you will be hauling a trailer. The SUV’s available to haul trailers go quick and they are first come, first serve. Don’t wait until the last minute, reserve yours today!


4 Wheel Drive

Four wheel drive is great if you are driving on back country roads in snowy or muddy conditions. However, it provides very little benefit when driving on paved roads like interstates, highways, and city streets. Our sedans and minivans are all front-wheel drive and are very safe for winter driving. If you don’t feel safe driving a vehicle with front-wheel drive, then you probably should wait to begin your trip until the driving conditions improve.


Toll Charges

Keep in mind when renting an IPASS device that you will see two different charges on your statement of accounts.  The first charge will be for the daily rental of the IPASS device. The second charge will be in the following month for the tolls that were incurred during your trip. We will email a new receipt that will include the additional cost for the tolls.


Fleet Factoid

Did you know that some of our vehicles have a GPS tracking system? This system, called Networkfleet, can track the number of miles driven, idling time, negative driving behaviors, and even spot trends and make decisions to increase efficiency and reduce costs. Learn more about Networkfleet.


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