Fleet Services Newsletter, March 2019

Fleet Services Newsletter

March 2019

Driving on an (Icy) Bridge Over Troubled Waters?

Did you know that icy bridges cause more injuries and fatalities than tornadoes, lightning and floods combined every year?  It is one of the more challenging winter driving situations.  This is because the ice can be hard to see, and vehicles are often at highway speeds. Check out this article from Automotive Fleet for some information and tips on how to cross an icy bridge safely

6-Person, Electric Vehicle Available for Lease

A University department has a 6-person electrical vehicle that they would like to return from lease.  This is a low-speed, Neighborhood Electric Vehicle that is fully licensed for the roads. View details about this 6-person electrical vehicle. If you have an interest in taking over the lease for vehicle, call Mike at (319) 335-5088 and he can make arrangements for you to see it.

Too Cool to Fuel?

No one is too cool to fuel!!  However, some folks may not know how to use our fuel island.  To assist with that, Joe, has developed an online, video tutorial for training new staff and as a refresher for those who don’t fuel vehicles very often. View fuel island tutorial.  Remember, our fuel island is open 24-hours a day, 7-days a week.  Also, please remember that the Wright Express fuel cards will not work in the Iowa City/Coralville area.  You must fuel at our fuel island when you are in town.

Do You Like Where’s Waldo??

With the implementation of the new Self-Service Portal, it may seem like a game of Where’s Waldo when you are trying to find the link to the Fleet Services requisition.  Don’t worry, it is still there.  When you bring up the dashboard, click on the link for “General Systems & Tools”.  From there, look under the UI Systems box, and there is the Fleet Services Requisition!!

Honest Mike’s Used Cars

We have moved our sale page!!  No, the eBay site was not destroyed by a tornado; we are now listing our vehicles on GovDeals.  It is a similar site to eBay, but much easier for the Surplus staff to use.  There are some things that make it better for you also.  Surplus can attach documents to the listing, so you can look at the original window sticker to see exactly how the vehicle is equipped.  Additionally, Surplus posts the work orders, so you can see the maintenance history of the vehicle.  Lastly, Surplus can attach a video to the listing to get a better overall view of the vehicle. Make sure you bookmark it and check back frequently. We’ll begin listing more vehicles very soon. 

Tire Blowout Tips

According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, tire blowouts cause more than 400 fatalities, over 10,000 injuries and 78,000 crashes every year. Automotive Fleet has published a list of tips to help you get through a tire blowout safely.  

Do you Need a Pick Me Up?

When you are renting a vehicle from Fleet Services, let us pick you up!!  All you have to do is call us an hour before you want picked up and we’ll be there for you.  We can also take you back to your office if you drop off a vehicle for service. 

Spring Break Hours

We will have normal business hours during the week of spring break, but we will be closed Saturday, March 9th and 16th. If you need a vehicle during these weekends, please make the reservation for the Friday before with a pickup time after 4pm. Also, in the notes section include the time you will actually be using the vehicle and that is when we will start the charges. Our normal Saturday hours will resume March 23rd.

Fleet Factoid

According to the St. Louis Post Dispatch, the most popular car on the road is the Honda Accord. 

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) 335-5105

Fueling Hours: 24 hours/7 days a week

E-mail: Fleet-Services@uiowa.edu

Web Site: http://transportation.uiowa.edu/university-vehicles