Fleet Services Newsletter, November 2014

Fleet Services Newsletter

November 2014

Fleet Services Holiday Hours

It is that season again where the holidays come fast and furious. During these times we adjust our hours to accommodate the reduced demand. Below are our adjusted business days and hours for the upcoming weekends and holidays.

November 27, 28 and 29: Closed

December 13, 20, 25, 26, and 27: Closed

December 29, 30, 31 & January 2:  Our hours are 7am to 5pm

January 1, 3, 10, 17, 19: Closed

If you need a vehicle during a time period when we will be closed you may pick it up after 4 pm on the last business day before your departure. We will not start the charges until your trip actually begins. Be sure to indicate the trip start date and time on the requisition in the comments section.

If you have any questions about our holiday hours or when topick up a vehicle, please call our office at (319) 384‐0564.

Rental Rate Modification

In order to account for the lower than expected cost of fuel, some of the rental mileage rates will be adjusted downward beginning 12/1/14. The new rates will be sent to those on this mailing list on 12/1 as well as posted on our website.

Road Condition Resources

The DOT sponsors a website that helps you find out the condition of the roads you may be driving upon. You can call 511 and specify the roads you will be traveling on or you can go to Road Conditions website.  You can also access the highway cameras from this site so you can see the actual road conditions in real time. You can also get an app for your Apple or Android smartphone.

No Handheld Cell Phone Use in Illinois

As you are traveling in and through Illinois remember it is illegal to use a hand-held cell phone while you are driving. You may use a cell phone if you have a hands‐free device like a Bluetooth headset or earpiece, or a speaker phone. This will be a primary offense in Illinois meaning that police do not need any other reason to pull you over other than observing you using a cell phone. Fines start at $75.  View this article for more information on no hand-held cell phone use in Illinois. 

Winter Car Care Tips

Here is a checklist of items you should check before winter (if winter wasn’t already here!!):

Coolant – Make sure you have enough and have it tested to see what temperature you are protected to.

Wiper Blades – Make sure the rubber has not deteriorated, and makes full contact with the windshield. We replace blades on University vehicles once a year.

Battery – Check connections and make sure they are free of corrosion and tight. When you start the car in the winter,make sure the headlights, heater and other electrical accessories are turned off to reduce strain on the battery.

Oil – Make sure you have the manufacturers recommended viscosity for winter weather. If you use a multi‐viscosity oil, the first number should be either 5 or 10 (5W20, 10W30, etc).

Emergency Kit – You should keep a winter safety kit in your vehicle. You should include at least these items: a set of jumper cables, flash light, can of fix‐a‐flat, blanket, gloves, hat, duct tape, and an energy bar or two.

Airbag Recall

You have probably heard about the massive airbag recall that has been implemented by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. After reviewing the list of vehicles, the University does not have any affected vehicles in our fleet.  View a complete list of vehicles affected by the recall.

Fleet Services Factoid

In 1972 the average speed on Los Angeles freeways was 60 mph. In 1982 the average was 17 mph. (http://www.anythingaboutcars.com/carfacts.html)

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. to 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

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