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.

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.
 

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. 

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

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.

Electric vehicle fee in effect 

SGI is collecting a $150 electric vehicle road-use fee on behalf of the Government of Saskatchewan for any registrations effective Oct. 1, 2021, or later. This annual fee is due at the time of registration/renewal. Learn more
 

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.

Confidential Document Shredding & Electronics Recycling Day

CAA Saskatchewan and Crown Shred & Recycling had its first confidential document shredding and electronics recycling day in September 2021, at Crown Shred & Recycling in Regina. All monetary proceeds from the event were donated to the Regina Food Bank. 

Thank you to everyone who participated, supporting neighbours in our communities with food insecurity issues. In return, you benefitted by protecting your identity through confidential document shredding, as well as disposing of old and unused electronics in an eco-friendly way.

Our next confidential document shredding and electronics recycling day is tentatively scheduled for Fall 2022.

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