Fleet Services Newsletter, July 2017

Fleet Services Newsletter

July 2017

Vehicle Thefts and Break-Ins

Did you know that every 44 seconds a motor vehicle is stolen in the United States? To help keep your vehicle and what’s inside it safe and secure, here are some useful tips: don’t leave your vehicle running, make sure vehicles are locked when in motion and when they are parked, don’t leave keys or fobs in the vehicle, keep valuables hidden and out of sight, and park in well-lit areas. To find out more, check out this article about vehicle thefts


Yield to Emergency Vehicles

When you hear approaching sirens from an emergency vehicle, it is very important to safely move out of their way. Drivers should turn on their right turn signal and pull over as close to the right side of the road as possible; stop and wait for the emergency vehicle to pass. Don’t pull off to the left or slam on the brakes. Also, never stop in the middle of an intersection to get out of the way; drive through the intersection and pull over where it is clear. Once the emergency vehicle has passed, use your left turn signal to get back in the lane when it is clear.


Do You Need A CDL?

If you are unsure whether you or someone in your department needs a Commercial Driver’s License or CDL to drive a certain vehicle, check out the CDL chart on our website. It is a helpful and easy way to determine if a CDL is required.


Cell Phone Slip

AAA and the Iowa State Patrol are working together to distribute CellSlip phone pouches to young drivers. The purpose of the pouch is to help drivers stay off their phones while driving. The pouch blocks radio frequency signals, so when the phone is inside the pouch, notifications don’t come through. This means that drivers don’t hear that ping, tempting them to grab their phone. The Iowa State Patrol will be giving out 1,000 of the slips this summer, which are available to be picked up at any state patrol office. Check out more information about Cell Phone Slips.


Deb’s Safety Corner

Did you know that you’re the face of the University when you sit in the driver’s seat of a UI vehicle?  Obey the rules of the road when driving that mobile billboard.  Each of us is responsible for representing the University in a positive way, so please remember to stop at crosswalks, stop signs, yield to pedestrians, and avoid speeding.


Vehicle Rates FY 2018

The new Fleet Services vehicle rates for FY 18 have been posted to our website. There are a few changes to note this year. The minivan and carryall daily rates have gone down a little bit and the daily rate pricing for the wheel chair accessible van has been added. The daily rental rates will take effect 7/24/17. If you have any questions regarding the new rates, please feel free to give our office a call.


Parking Lot Accidents

According to the National Safety Council, there were over 60,000 accidents and over 500 deaths in parking garages in 2016. Surprisingly, 66% of people feel comfortable making calls in parking lots, 56% are comfortable texting in parking lots, and 42% are comfortable enough to even video chat while in a parking lot. We are proof that parking lot accidents happen. Just this year, a vehicle was totaled in a University parking lot when it hit a bus.  Many of these accidents occur because of distracted driving or distracted pedestrians, yet many people are okay focusing on their cellphones instead of the road and their surroundings. Watch a short video about parking lot dangers.


Fleet Services Factoid

According to a report published by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Tuesday is the day of the week when fatal car accidents are least likely to occur.  For additional details, view report on road fatalities


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