Fleet Services Newsletter, May 2017

Fleet Services Newsletter

May 2017

Driving in a Tornado

Never try to outrun a tornado. According to Accuweather, tornados can travel very quickly and they don’t follow road patterns. If you are driving and a tornado develops, it is best to pull over and leave the vehicle. If possible, try to find shelter in a sturdy building. If there is no shelter nearby, find the nearest ditch or low-lying area, lay down and cover your head. Do not hide under your vehicle, as it may flip over. Also avoid taking shelter under an overpass. The winds are higher in these openings and flying debris can still get to you.

Sharing the Road

The sun is shining and the weather is warm, which means motorcycles, mopeds and bicycles are out on the roads. It is important to know how to safely share the road with these motorists. No matter whom you are sharing the road with, remember to focus on safe driving and avoid distractions.

  • Drivers need to check their mirrors and blind spots several times before changing lanes or going through intersections.
  • Drivers should also increase their following distance when behind motorcycles and always signal their intentions before changing lanes or merging with traffic.
  • Drivers should also be wary with flashing turning signals on motorcycles and mopeds. The signals usually aren’t self-canceling and sometimes riders forget to turn them off. Give the motorcyclist a few seconds to make sure they are going to turn before you proceed.
  • When you are turning right, be aware of bicyclists that may be riding on the sidewalk. They move faster than pedestrians.

Fleet Services Severe Weather Procedure

When severe weather pops up and the sirens go off, we lock our doors and evacuate to the CAMBUS barn until we get the all clear. If you have a reservation scheduled to pick up during a severe weather event, please call our office ahead of time. Our phones will be forwarded to a manager’s cell phone and they will give you instructions to get your vehicle. We will also leave a sign on our door so you know where we are.

Deb’s Safety Corner

Keeping your emotions in check as you drive will help you avoid taking unnecessary risks and reduce stress. Don’t take the actions of other drivers personally. Managing your emotions as you drive reduces aggressive driving and road rage. Pull over and take a deep breath if traffic is too much for you or ask a coworker to take the wheel.

Parking in Lot 64

When you come in to pick up a rental vehicle and you leave your personal vehicle in our parking lot, we will ask you to park your vehicle in the back half of the lot. There is less traffic in the back of the lot and your vehicle is less likely to be accidentally hit.

10 Bad Driving Habits

Did you know that some of your driving habits might be causing unnecessary wear and tear on your vehicle? These 10 habits could lead to pricey repairs.  View additional information on bad driving habits

  1. Resting your hand on the shifter.
  2. Not using the parking brake.
  3. Hauling unneeded weight.
  4. Only keeping a small amount of fuel in the tank.
  5. Hard starts and stops.
  6. Revving the engine when it’s cold.
  7. Riding or pressing on the clutch in a manual transmission vehicle.
  8. Switching from reverse to drive before stopping completely.
  9. Dragging the brakes downhill.
  10. Ignoring warning signs like little squeaks, rattles or other strange noises.

Fleet Services Factoid

Our office is now closed on Saturdays for the summer. Our Saturday hours will resume August 26. We will also be closed May 29 and July 4 for the holidays.

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