Fleet Services Newsletter, July 2018

Fleet Services Newsletter

July 2018

Don’t Take that Hydroplane!!

Do you know what hydroplaning is?  It happens when you are driving on a wet road and the tires can’t disperse all of the water from under the tires. The vehicle ends up driving on top of the water, losing contact with the road. It can happen when the tread on the tire is low or when there is a significant amount of rain in a short time.  What can you do to reduce the chance of hydroplaning?  Here are some tips from Automotive Fleet: 

  • Make sure you have at least 1/16th of an inch tread on your tires.
  • When driving on wet roads, slow down to 30 mph or less.
  • Avoid hard braking or sharp turns on very wet roads. 
  • Drive in the same tracks as the vehicle ahead of you.
  • Don’t use cruise control on wet roads.  It can take too long to deactivate if you begin to hydroplane.

If you start to hydroplane here are a couple of tips to regain control

  • Take your foot off the gas.
  • Steer in the direction you are hydroplaning, then once you feel contact with the pavement, steer in the direction you want to go.
  • Don’t slam on your brakes; apply them gently until you can feel the pavement again.
  • Once you have recovered, pull over and take a breath.

View helpful tips and a video from Automotive Fleet. 


Some Fleet Services Vehicles have Telescoping Steering Wheels

You may not have noticed but several manufacturers have started making telescoping steering wheels standard.  A telescoping wheel allows the driver to pull the steering wheel closer or push it farther away from his/her body.  To use the telescoping feature, use the same adjustment you would use to tilt the steering wheel but instead pull the steering wheel towards you or push it towards the dash.  The Dodge Grand Caravans and the Ford Fusion Hybrids definitely have this feature, so try it next time!!


Tips for Driving in Extreme Heat

Did you know that driving in extreme heat can be as hard on your vehicle as driving in extreme cold?  Here are a couple of tips from Automotive Fleet to help get you through a hot spell.

  • Make sure your battery is in good condition.  More batteries fail due to extreme heat than extreme cold. 
  • Keep your radiator full of coolant.
  • If your vehicle begins to run hot, run the heater (with the window down!).  That can help reduce engine heat.
  • Check your A/C in the spring.  If it fails on a hot day, you will be joining everyone else at the garage with their broken air-conditioner. 
  • Watch the hot temps inside your vehicle.  The hot seat can burn your legs, and a hot steering wheel may burn your hands. 

View full article from Automotive Fleet. 


Honest Mike’s Used Cars

It’s truck week at honest Mike’s used cars.  We have several pick-up trucks that we are selling.  We have a 2009 Chevy Silverado 1500 4X2 that ends on Thursday, 7/19 at 4pm. We also have a Ram 2500 4X2 that ends at 3:30 pm on 7/20.  We also have a 2013 Chevy Impala and a 2012 Chevy Malibu that are currently up for auction.  View what is listed right now!!


Fleet Factoid

Did you know that there are low-cost GPS units that you can easily install in your vehicle to monitor your teen drivers?  Google “Teen driver GPS” to see some examples. 


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