Fleet Services Newsletter, November 2017

Fleet Services Newsletter

November 2017

Please Don’t Throw Your Keys Away!

When returning rental vehicles after hours, we would really appreciate it if you would make sure to put the keys in the key drop by the office door. The trashcan by the stairs is NOT the key drop. The key drop is a gold mail slot located to the left of the office door.


Holiday Hours

With the holidays fast approaching, please be aware of some modified office hours during this time.

  • The office is closed November 23-24, December 25-26, and January 1
  • Our office will be open from 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. on December 27, 28, 29
  • The office will be closed the following Saturdays: November 18 and 25, December 9, 16, 23, 30, January 6 and 13
  • Regular Saturday hours will resume January 20
  • Closed on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 15

If a you need a vehicle during a time when we are not open, you may pick up the vehicle on the last business day before your trip begins, after 3 p.m. Please make a note of when the charges should begin in the “Remarks/Notes” field when submitting the requisition.


Correct Fuel Type

When fueling a vehicle, make sure to look at the vehicle’s key tag. At the bottom of the tag, you will see the type of fuel the vehicle takes. This helps ensure that you are filling the vehicle with the correct type of fuel. If you are filling the vehicle with the wrong type of fuel, you may end up experiencing issues with the vehicle. Feel free to give our office a call if you are unsure of what fuel type to use. We will gladly assist you.


Deb’s Safety Corner:  One Foggy Night

Many of us see fog during our morning commute in low-lying areas or near lakes and rivers.  Use your hazard lights if your speed is significantly lower than posted and keep your low beams and fog lights on.  Moisture can accumulate on the road and freeze during winter causing black ice especially on bridges or overpasses.  Use your defroster and wipers to keep the windshield clear. 


Ice, Ice Scraper

It’s time to get out those ice scrapers! When clearing off your windows, be sure to scrape the entire window. Also, make sure to scrape each window, front, back and sides. It is safer and easier to drive when you can see in all directions.  For lease and daily rental vehicles, make sure you have an ice scraper. If there isn’t one in the vehicle, stop by our office and we will get you one.


Lease Vehicles

Need to end the lease of your vehicle before the end of its life or change your lease vehicle if possible?  Mike will be ordering new vehicles in late November, so if you need to make any lease changes, call him to discuss at (319) 384-0564.


Buckle Up in the Backseat

According to an article by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, IIHS, many rear-seat passengers don’t think seat belts are necessary because they think the back is safer than the front. Seat belts are important, no matter where you are sitting in a vehicle. If you are not buckled up in the back seat, you are putting yourself and everyone else in the vehicle at risk. Unbuckled persons can injure and even kill other passengers during a crash by flying forward. Remember to always fasten your seat belt when driving or riding in a vehicle.  View IIHS article on using seat belts in the back seat


Fleet Factoid

With the winter weather approaching in the near future, now is the time to check your vehicle emergency kit or to make one.  View information on what items you should keep in your vehicle during the winter months.


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