Advocacy & Safety

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Advocacy

Since CAA Saskatchewan first opened its doors in 1917, the association has been a steadfast advocate for the rights of motorists and travellers, working with provincial and federal governments and other parties to ensure safer drivers on safer roads in safer vehicles.

We represent Members' interests in the area of highways infrastructure at the provincial and national level, and aim to focus public awareness on topical issues, as texting and driving, distracted drivingimpaired driving, gas prices, senior drivers, teen driving, eco-driving and vehicle/bike safety. We also provide information, resources and tips to help keep the roads safer for everyone. Please check out the CAA Saskatchewan Safety booklet for tips on pedestrian and bike safety, plus information on the CAA School Safety Patrol®.

Infrastructure

CAA Worst Roads Campaign: To help advocate for better roads, CAA Saskatchewan participates with other CAA clubs across Canada in a Worst Roads campaign, which encourages motorists to vote for the worst road they've recently travelled on in the province caask.ca/worstroads.

Traffic Safety

Driving Tips:

Carpool Month

CAA Saskatchewan is sponsoring Carpool Month 2015. During the month of October, participants can enter to win free $200 fuel cards by:

  • Registering with carpool.ca as a new user.
  • Returning to carpool.ca as an existing user and searching for new carpool matches.
  • Completing the carpool.ca survey that you will receive when registered.

Carpool.ca is a great fit for CAA’s Thinking Green policies and programs that support reducing vehicle fuel consumption to help decrease greenhouse gas emissions.

The carpool program is funded in Saskatchewan by the City of Regina, University of Regina, Farm Credit Canada, SaskTel, Evraz, The Co-operators, Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region and Innovation Place.

Learn more about the carpool program by visiting carpool.ca.

Halloween Safety: CAA Saskatchewan distributes bookmarks displaying Halloween safety tips as requested to School Resource Officers and our 12 regional stores.

Download the Plan Ahead This Halloween bookmark

Winter Driving: CAA works with organizations like Transport Canada to help promote safe winter driving tips. Remember to pack a vehicle emergency kit.

School Zone Safety: CAA Saskatchewan coordinates the CAA School Safety Patrol Program across the province.

Tow Truck Safety: CAA Saskatchewan worked with the provincial government to have tow trucks added to the section of the Traffic Safety Act which requires drivers to slow to 60 km/hr when passing emergency vehicles providing assistance to motorists on the side of the road.

Distracted Driving: We know that in Saskatchewan and other Canadian provinces, the use of a hand-held communications device behind the wheel is banned. It’s unsafe and penalties can be severe. CAA Saskatchewan encourages drivers to eliminate all distractions such as eating, drinking, adjusting radio dials and smoking.

Here are a few resources for further information:

CAA's gas price monitor is the perfect resource for all motorists

This new online service allows Canadians to better inform themselves about gas prices. Motorists and consumers can download the CAA app and reference the website to find the price of gas wherever you are, as well as average prices for communities, provinces and the country. The CAA app is free, and can be downloaded at www.getgasprices.ca, or through Android and Apple app stores. In Saskatchewan, the gas prices are available in Yorkton, Weyburn, Swift Current, North Battleford, Estevan, Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, Regina and Saskatoon. The website also offers great tools and resources to help consumers become more gas savvy with information on everything from how the price of gas is determined, how gas is made, and how to become eco drivers. According to a recent CAA poll, Canadians are willing to drive further if it means getting a good price on gas. The new CAA gas price app provides consumers with the knowledge needed to make a well-informed decision on when to gas up.

DriveRight, Online Driving Resource for Teens and Parents: CAA recognizes the critical requirement for young drivers to start their driving careers off on the right foot. As a comprehensive guide for new drivers and their parents, DriveRight features useful reminders, tips, questions and do’s and don’ts that parents and new drivers can refer to throughout the learning-to-drive process.

In recent public opinion research conducted exclusively for CAA, 46 per cent of Canadians say they learned how to drive primarily from a family member – and an identical percentage said parents are not good teachers. Eight in ten respondents said there was a need for a site that talks to both teens and parents about learning to drive.

One of the unique aspects of the site is a downloadable parent-teen agreement to help both sides talk together about their mutual rights and responsibilities as drivers. CAA believes this discussion is critical to getting the family driving relationship off on the right foot. The agreement, which can be added to, signed or simply discussed at the kitchen table, is designed to help spark that conversation. This is one example of how DriveRight will help prepare a new generation of young drivers to be safe.

DriveRight.... sparking the conversation about responsible, safe driving!

Mature Driver Safety: CAA supports keeping seniors driving for as long as safely possible through a variety of initiatives:

  • Seniorsdriving.caa.ca, CAA’s new multimedia web tool which helps seniors and their loved ones assess driving skills, learn more about changing abilities, and if needed, modify driving habits. Seniorsdriving.caa.ca contains assessment tools to pinpoint areas of improvement, interactive infographics that show common physical changes that affect driving, and videos with tips and reminders for managing challenging driving conditions. Half of seniors have already taken at least one step to adjust their driving habits, such as reducing or eliminating driving at night, but CAA research shows there is need for more information regarding age-related changes that affect driving. 
  • 55 Alive Mature Drivers Program offered by Saskatchewan Safety Council (SSC). Contact SSC to organize your own FREE group 55 Alive session which consists of a six-hour course in your community. Note: 55 Alive sessions may also be available for individuals on specific dates identified on the SSC website.
  • CAA National Public Affairs commissioned a white paper on Senior Drivers and Highway Design
  • CAA/AAA also offer tips on how to help ensure your car fits right with the CarFit Program.

Impaired Driving

CAA Saskatchewan is proud to support Students Against Drinking and Driving (SADD) Saskatchewan and the important volunteer work the various Saskatchewan chapters accomplish to educate, inform, and bring awareness about the risks and dangers of impaired driving. CAA Saskatchewan supports the Students Against Drinking and Driving (SADD) Red Ribbon Campaign, distributing the ribbons through our stores and tow truck drivers. Other events, including the SADD Provincial Conference and the CYAID (Canadian Youth Against Impaired Driving) national conference, receive sponsorship from CAA Saskatchewan.

E-Safety: CAA informs consumers on the newest technologies aimed at improving vehicle safety, including Electronic Stability Control (ESC).

Resources

Other Links

 

Halloween Safety with the Saskatchewanderer

 
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CAA Drive Now, Text Later - September 2015

 
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CAA Communications (Slow Down - Evenings)

 
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CAA Communications (Slow Down - Daytime)

 
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CAA Drive Now, Text Later video

 
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CAA Drive Now, Text Later radio commercial

 
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CAA Spring Driving Tips

 
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Slow down in school zones

 
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CAA Scholarship Award

 
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Winter survival kit & winter driving tips

 
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