Fleet Services Newsletter, March 2017

Fleet Services Newsletter

March 2017

Distracted Behavior

Distracted driving has become a common occurrence in today’s world, but it is not just drivers who are distracted, it is pedestrians too. In 2012, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that more than 1,500 pedestrians were treated in the ER because of injuries while walking and being engaged in cell phone activity. With this number increasing, both drivers and pedestrians need to put down the phones and pay closer attention to what is going on around them.  Read more about distracted behavior

Reading Tire Size

Have you ever needed to know your vehicle’s tire size and weren’t sure how to find it. Below is a diagram that shows how to check the size by looking at the sidewall of any tire.  The doorjamb of your vehicle will also specify what tire size the manufacturer recommends.

Image of a tire illustrating the difference features that make up tire size
  1. Prefix: P= Passenger car, T= Temporary Spare, LT= Light truck, St=Trailer.
  2. Section Width: The overall width of the tire in millimeters.
  3. Aspect Ratio: The ratio of the sidewall height to the width of the tread. The smaller this number the wider the tire in relation to its height
  4. Speed Rating: Only highest-rated tires, Z-rated, label the speed rating inside the tire-size designation.
  5. Construction- R= Radial-ply tire, D= Diagonal or old-fashioned bias-ply tire.
  6. Size: The diameter of the rim in inches

Deb’s Safety Corner

We all want to park our vehicle in that “compact car only” parking space because it’s located conveniently in ramps. But let’s be real, your full size pick-up or van is not a compact, no matter how closely you park it to a wall. Your best bet is to choose a space that allows you to enter and exit easily even if it means walking a little further.

Exiting the Freeway Carefully

Crossing lanes and barely making it to the freeway exit ramp is dangerous and puts you, the driver, and other vehicles at risk. If you notice your exit at the last second and can’t get over safely, take the next exit and re-route as needed. It is not worth possibly causing undue risk to yourself and everyone around you. Make sure you are giving yourself plenty of time to exit the freeway. You should know ahead of time the name or number of the exit that you need to take.

Car Wash Update

For those of you who have not been into the office recently to get a car wash coupon for your vehicle, we want to update you on a recent change. The Casey’s car wash is currently undergoing renovations, so we will be using the Billion Automotive Group car wash. It is located at 2641 Mormon Trek Blvd and is only a few minutes away from the Casey’s wash. When you come in to the office to get a coupon, you will receive a yellow ticket that you will take to Billion. You will give the ticket to the car wash attendant who will then give you a wash code. We appreciate your flexibility and understanding with this temporary change.

Fleet Services Factoid

Between March 9th and 10th, we sent out 103 vehicles to fourteen different states for alternative spring break trips. Some of the trips included destinations to Arizona, Florida, New York, Indianapolis and Wisconsin.

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