Fleet Services Newsletter, June 2017

Fleet Services Newsletter

June 2017

New Texting Law

Beginning July 1, texting while driving in Iowa will become a primary offense. According to the Des Moines Register, this means if law enforcement officers suspect a driver is on their cell phone texting, taking pictures, browsing the internet, or playing games, they can pull you over. This can result in a $30 fine.


Hot Vehicles

Last month, a woman in the state of Washington returned to her car to find a broken windshield. She first thought something had fallen from the sky, but then realized a can of hairspray was protruding from the glass. It was around 90 degrees that day and had caused the can of hairspray in her car to explode. Vehicles can warm up quickly in the summer temps and aerosol cans, along with other items such as: cans of pop, CDs/DVDs, bottles of sunscreen, candy/gum, and cleaning solutions with alcohol or ammonia should not be left in hot vehicles.  View additional information about tips on hot vehicles


Driving App

A new virtual-reality cell phone app has been designed by the National Safety Council and the people of NADS (National Advanced Driving Simulator) at the University of Iowa. CarTech VR360 helps people understand how new vehicle safety technologies work by providing a 360-degree tour of today’s advanced driver assistance systems. The app covers automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, back-up camera, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and drowsiness alert. The app is available for download for both iOS and AndroidLearn more about this new Driving App


ARI Roadside Assistance

If you are driving a Fleet Services vehicle and experience vehicle issues while you are out on the road after hours, please call our 24 hour roadside assistance provider, ARI. Their blue & white roadside card should be conveniently located in the vehicle’s glove compartment. If you don’t have a roadside assistance card in your vehicle, please let our office know so we can get you one.


Deb’s Safety Corner

Rules, rules, rules.  They apply to all of us whether we like it or not.  UI vehicles are everywhere and the rules apply when you slip behind the wheel.  It’s your responsibility to know the traffic laws of the city or state that you are driving in and your opportunity to represent the UI in a positive way. 


The Dash is Not A Storage Area

11 rubber bands, 2 Tums, 1 small cologne bottle, 6 screws/nuts, 5 paper clips/binders, 2 AAA batteries, 1 candy/gum wrapper, 1 piece of gum (wrapped), 1 golf tee, 2 toothpicks (wrapped), 1 drill insert tool, 1 pencil eraser, 2 pen caps, 1 pepper package, and 19 small items specific to the dept. that uses this truck.


That is the list of items found in the duct work of a truck recently brought into the shop because the AC was not working. When you place items up on the dash, they can fall into the defrost openings and work their way down into the controls of the HVAC system.  This causes the blend doors, that control whether you have heat or AC, to become clogged and the system cannot work properly. The repair usually involves removing the vehicles dash to clear the obstacles. This particular truck took over 8 hours of labor to repair.

PLEASE DO NOT PUT ANYTHING ON THE TOP OF THE DASH AREA. It can cause extensive damage to your vehicle & more importantly, you will be without wheels for the time it takes to remedy this fully preventable repair.


Fleet Services Factoid

Which is faster your car or your airbag in the car?  It’s the airbag!!  The airbag in a vehicle deploys at 200 miles per hour!


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