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.
Fuel-Efficiency & Driving Costs
CAA’s Fuel-Efficient and Eco-Driving Tips
When you follow CAA’s fuel-efficient driving tips, it’s possible to save hundreds of dollars at the pump each year, lengthen the life of your vehicle by preventing unnecessary wear on your vehicle, and help save the environment.
- Decrease Drag: Remove roof and bike racks when they’re not in use. They decrease the aerodynamics of a vehicle. Unnecessary items can be removed from the trunk to lighten the load.
- Avoid Speeding: As you increase speed, more power is needed to push the car through the air. Driving at lower speeds can greatly reduce fuel consumption. Using cruise control for highway driving helps maintain a constant speed and saves gas. Be careful in wet or icy conditions. Consult your owner’s manual for safe instructions on the use of cruise control.
- Don’t Idle: Parked and waiting for someone? You waste 1 litre of gas every 20 minutes your vehicle is idling. If you are going to be stopped for 60 seconds or more, try to turn off the engine.
- Combine Trips: Whenever possible, plan your route to combine many visits or errands into one trip. Your vehicle is more fuel efficient when it is warmed up, so several short trips with a cold engine can use twice as much gas than one longer trip.
- Maintain Your Vehicle: Underinflated tires increase fuel consumption by up to four percent. With regular maintenance services you can help your vehicle run more efficiently.
- Accelerate Gently: According to one study referenced by Natural Resources Canada, frequent “jackrabbit” starts, and hard braking reduce travel time by only 4 percent, but increase fuel consumption by 39 percent. To maximize your fuel efficiency, take five seconds to accelerate your vehicle up to 20 km/h from a stop.
- Coast to Decelerate: By looking ahead at how traffic is behaving, you can often see well in advance when it’s time to slow down. You can conserve fuel and save money by taking your foot off the accelerator and coasting to slow down instead of using your brakes.
CAA’s Driving Costs Calculator
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.
CAA’s Gas Price Monitor
Learn more about how the price of gas is determined, the daily National average of gas prices in Canada, and more.
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
Learn about the Anatomy of an E-Bike in the spring 2023 digital issue of CAA Saskatchewan Magazine.
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.
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.
Who should control your data? How will it be used?
CAA believes that people should be aware of what data is being collected and should also decide who their data is shared with. Learn more