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.
Hybrids & Electric Vehicles (EVs)
CAA supports efforts to improve vehicle fuel efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Electric vehicles (EVs) do both. Available incentives are one of the reasons to consider an EV as your next vehicle. But lower overall operating costs also can help make EVs an affordable, green option.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
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.
2021 Shredding & Electronics Recycling Event
Our Shredding & Electronics Recycling Event in support of Regina Food Bank has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please stay tuned for any updates.