Fleet Services Newsletter, March 2018

Fleet Services Newsletter

March 2018

Driving on Gravel

Driving on gravel can be tricky, but like any other driving hazards there are ways you can drive safely to ensure you reach your destination. Follow these tips from Manitoba Public Insurance: adjust the tire pressure if you know ahead of time you will be driving on gravel to 28-36 psi for firm gravel or 26-32 for rough gravel, but make sure to change the pressure back when the trip is done, change the stability controls, drive slowly, drive in the tracks of previous vehicles, and leave some distance between your vehicle and the vehicle ahead of you to avoid dust from obstructing your view. View a quick video about driving on gravel

FAQ Link

Have you ever had a quick question that you didn’t want to call us about? Lucky for you, our website includes a FAQ page with answers to many of the questions we receive. Below are just a few of the topics we cover:

How do I use the gas card provided with the rental vehicle?

Should I return the rental vehicle with a full tank of gas?

Can I leave my personal vehicle at Fleet Services during a rental? 

Can I change or cancel my Fleet Services requisitions after I’ve submitted it?

When I use a Fleet Services rental, can family members or friends ride along?

If you take a look through our FAQ’s and realize there is a question or answer  that needs to be covered, please let us know. We would love to hear from you.

Handling a Skid

Hopefully we are done dealing with ice and snow until next winter, but it never hurts to be prepared for handling a skid on an icy or wet road. Skids occur most often because the driver isn’t paying attention to the road conditions, is driving too quickly, or because of sudden braking or acceleration. If a skid does occur, you should follow these tips: remove your foot from the accelerator, don’t hit the brake, steer in the direction of the skid, don’t overcorrect, and DO NOT PANIC. View video on how to handle a skid

Deb’s Safety Corner: Offensive or Defensive?

Drive defensively, not offensively.  Be courteous to vehicles around you by giving them space to enter or exit a roadway. Allow pedestrians to cross the road by leaving plenty of space between your vehicle and the crosswalk.   Adjust your speed to safely enter a busy roadway and don’t cut off other vehicles. 

Rental Vehicle Pick-up Time is Critical

When making a vehicle reservation, please remember to be as accurate as possible when listing the pick-up and return times. On our busy days, there are times when a vehicle will return and go back out to someone else ten minutes later. If you are planning on picking up a rental vehicle early or will be returning later than expected, please give us a call so we can make adjustments if necessary. Thank you!  

Fleet Factoid

VIN’s can give you a lot of information about your vehicle, like where the vehicle was made. The first character of the VIN is either a letter or number and is specific to a certain geographic region. Below is a guide that represents the different locations as to where a vehicle is made. 

A – H means Africa

J – R (except O and Q) means Asia

S – Z means Europe

1– 5 means North America

6 or 7 means New Zealand or Australia

8 or 9 is for South America

Learn more about reading VIN’s

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