Consumer Education

CAA Saskatchewan has represented the interests of motorists since it was founded in 1917. The world has evolved since then and so has CAA. As a dedicated safety advocate for motorists, pedestrians, travellers, and consumers, CAA provides education and information, supports traffic safety programs, and addresses related public policy issues.

2021 Confidential Document Shredding & Electronics Recycling Day

CAA Saskatchewan and Crown Shred & Recycling have scheduled a confidential document shredding and electronics recycling day. It will take place on Saturday, September 25, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Crown Shred & Recycling, 225-6th Avenue East, Regina. All monetary proceeds from the event will be donated to the Regina Food Bank.

Here’s how it works:

  • For a minimum $10 donation to the Regina Food Bank, 6 boxes of confidential documents will be accepted for secure destruction services by Crown Shred & Recycling.
  • For an additional $10 minimum donation, small to large size electronics will be accepted for recycling.
  • ·Protect your personal identity by having confidential documents securely destroyed.
  • Be ecofriendly by recycling your old and unused electronics.
  • Support your community by giving generously through monetary donations to the Regina Food Bank. Every dollar you donate secures three meals for a Regina family in need.

The event is open to the public and is on a first come first serve basis with no advance registration or guaranteed appointment times. For everyone’s safety, participants will remain in their vehicle for the entire process and must wear a mask or face covering. The event staff and volunteers will be wearing masks and gloves for added safety protection.

What you need to know:

  • Prepare your personal documents (up to 6 boxes): Remove staples, paper and binder clips, and any other types of metal or plastic bindings.
  • Collect the following electronics for recycling: Desktop and portable scanners, eBook readers, external storage drives and modems, GPS systems, photocopiers, video game systems, microwaves, home and vehicle audio/visual systems, printers and scanners, keyboards, mice and trackballs, desktop and portable computers, televisions and monitors, and non-cellular corded and cordless phones. For a complete list of electronics, you can recycle refer to the EPRA Approved List
  • Please remove all batteries from your electronics. Batteries can be recycled at Regina Battery Depot, 980 Dewdney Avenue.
  • Please do not bring: Mixed media items like floppies, VCR/video tapes, computer hard drives, fax machines, cell phones, iPads, CD’s, USB drives, and memory sticks as they require specialized media destruction to protect your privacy. For more information on electronics recycling and proper disposal of mixed media items, visit crownshredandrecycling.com.
  • Bring cash or a credit card with you on the day of the event. A Regina Food Bank team member will assist you with your donation when you arrive.

Personal documents – what to keep and what to shred:

Anything that lists personally identifiable information, such as credit card numbers, financial accounts, maiden names, and social insurance numbers should always be disposed of in a secure way. If you’re not sure, it’s best to err on the side of caution. Here’s what you should keep and what you should shred

For more information on the recycling programs, visit Crown Shred & Recycling. Learn more about Regina Food Bank.

Regina Food Bank

Crown Shred & Recycling

   

Gas Price Monitor

Canadians can become better informed about gas prices with great tools and resources to help consumers become more gas savvy. There’s information on how the price of gas is determined, how gas is made, and how to become eco drivers. The CAA Gas Price Monitor provides consumers with the knowledge needed to make a well-informed decision on when to gas up. Learn more, and explore gas prices in Regina and Saskatoon. 

Driving Costs Calculator/Savings

A vehicle new or used, is a major investment. But there’s more to that investment than the sticker price. Knowing the real costs of owning and operating a vehicle can help you budget better and make smart decisions the next time you buy a car. 

CAA’s Driving Costs Calculator breaks down the true expense of hundreds of makes and models by showing their average costs for maintenance, gas, insurance and depreciation. The calculator also provides the environmental cost in greenhouse gas emissions and compares it with the most fuel-efficient vehicle in the same category – a great feature for anyone looking to reduce their carbon footprint. Learn more about the true cost of your vehicle.

Want to find out how drivers can save hundreds of dollars at the pump each year? CAA to the rescue with tips and advice to drive green and save money.

Maintain your vehicle properly:

  • Follow the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule. Refer to your owner’s manual.
  • Check your tires. Look for signs of uneven wear and embedded objects that could cause leaks. 
  • Ensure your brake, coolant and oil fluids are topped up and have your battery checked. CAA’s Car Care Centre at Regina Battery Depot can perform maintenance and repairs on your vehicle.

Eco-driving tips:

  • Accelerate gently, coast to decelerate and avoid hard braking. The harder you accelerate the more fuel you consume.
  • Be consistent. Unintentional dips in speed and sudden bursts of acceleration to keep pace take a toll on your tank and your wallet. Using cruise control, when safe like on the highway, can be an effective way to maintain a consistent speed.
  • Avoid high speeds. As you increase speed, more power is needed to push the car through the air. Driving at lower speeds can greatly reduce fuel consumption.
  • Avoid unnecessary fuel consumption by anticipating traffic. Plan your maneuvers well in advance to maintain your vehicle’s momentum.
  • Plan all your stops in one trip. A vehicle is more fuel efficient when it’s warmed up, so several short trips with a cold engine can use twice as much gas than one longer trip.
  • Don’t idle. Idling burns one to two litres of gas per hour so remember to turn off your vehicle when parked or waiting. Restarting your vehicle only uses about 10 seconds worth of fuel.
  • Try carpooling. It will help you share gas costs, while reducing traffic congestion and your environmental impact.

Learn more

Hybrids & Electric Vehicles (EVs)

CAA supports efforts to improve vehicle fuel efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Electric vehicles (EVs) do both. CAA’s online portal contains information on what is costs to own an EV, engine options, and what EVs are on the market here in Canada. Here are some frequently asked questions:

  • What are my driving costs for a gas, hybrid, or electric vehicle? Learn more  
  • What are some of the available incentives to own an EV? Learn more
  • How far can I drive before having to recharge my electric vehicle? How long do EV batteries last? How well do electric vehicles perform in winter? Does the environmental impact of producing electricity outweigh the benefits of using an EV? Learn more
  • What EVs are available in Canada? Learn more
  • Where are the charging stations in Canada? Learn more
  • Where are the charging stations in Saskatchewan? Learn more

Differences between electric vs. hybrids

Industry experts also refer to many electric vehicles as zero-emission vehicles or ZEVs for short. ZEVs never emit exhaust gas from the onboard source of power. And while most electric vehicles do not emit any exhaust, hybrid vehicles are the exception. Hybrids are often looped into the electric vehicle category because they have an electric engine onboard. But hybrids do in fact emit exhaust – though much less exhaust than a standard internal combustion engine. Learn more about the differences.

Sharing his experience

A growing number of Saskatchewan motorists are buying electric vehicles. Regina teacher, Jeff Moore, shares his experience with the Tesla Model 3. Learn more in CAA Saskatchewan Magazine.

CAA’s digital campaign on electric vehicles features these two videos. Watch them on the CAA Saskatchewan page on YouTube: Chargey Thingy, The Glowing Area.

E-Bikes

Thinking about getting an e-bike? E-bikes are becoming more popular. They are lighter, and more powerful, as well as more affordable.

What is an e-bike?

An e-bike is an electric pedal bike, a bicycle equipped with an electric motor powered by a rechargeable battery. The basic difference between an e-bike and an electric scooter or moped is that an e-bike requires you to pedal.

What types of e-bikes are there?

There are two categories of e-bikes. Those with a mid-drive motor (between the pedals) and those with a hub motor (on the rear wheel axle).

  • Bikes with mid-drive motors look like classic bicycles and give you a little boost when you need it. They provide progressive assistance based on how hard you pedal. This is an ideal bike for those who want to pedal, but with a little help. They can be easier to control.
  • Hub motor e-bikes provide even more assistance. You can choose your speed and power-assisted level. They also have a throttle, so you can cruise along without pedalling at all. These bikes are great for people who enjoy going for a spin but don’t want to strain their knees. Because they operate more like a small motorbike, they can be harder to control for beginners.

Here are some things to consider when looking for an e-bike, as well as the top three e-bike models in Canada. Learn more

Autonomous & Connected Vehicles

Only a few years ago, automated vehicles (AV’s) seemed like a distant future. But as technology evolves, it’s easier to see how driverless cars could become reality. That’s not to say the process won’t take time. There are also important questions to answer before this vision can come to life including concerns around data privacy and safety, not to mention the unique challenge of making everything work in Canadian winters. Learn more, visit caa.ca/avadvocacy.

Smart Infrastructure

Canada’s roads and highways are our chief movers of people, goods, and services. It is crucial to our society and our economy that roadways are kept safe and in good repair, and that we seek innovative data-driven solutions to infrastructure issues. Smart infrastructure is not just about concrete and asphalt. It encompasses complete street design, so pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists, and drivers can all travel safely and efficiently.

  • CAA’s Cost of Poor Roads in Canada study evaluates the costs to motorists of driving on poor road infrastructure in Canada.
  • CAA’s Breaking the Bottlenecks: Congestion Solutions for Canada study examines the best practices to ease congestion. The result is a Congestion Solutions toolkit to help policy makers and the public identify potential ways, big and small, to alleviate traffic congestion.