Eco Driving (Sounds pretty futuristic right?)

At CAA, we recognize the environment is an important issue for our Members. We wish everyone could be whizzing around in electric and hydrogen cars, but that’s a few years away.

In the meantime, we’ve taken a lot of care to adopt an approach that balances personal mobility and sustainability. We have several free tools and resources to help you save money at the pump AND contribute to a cleaner earth.

We encourage Members, and everyone else for that matter, to take steps to preserve the environment while maintaining their driving freedom. We believe in creating policies and solutions that are practical, economically feasible, and whose costs are equal-to or less-than the environmental benefits they offer.

Ok, helping the environment sounds great obviously, but how EXACTLY?

Better engineered vehicles, roads and your personal driving habits all have a role to play and CAA is here to support them. Cutting energy consumption is as good for your budget as it is the environment. Here are a few simple eco-driving tips to help you become more environmentally friendly while behind the wheel.

  • Avoid jackrabbit starts and hard breaking.
  • Don’t idle.
  • Keep your tires properly inflated and service your vehicle regularly.
  • Remove excess weight such as roof racks (when not in use) and items from your trunk.
  • Reduce highway speed and use cruise control, as fuel consumption increases above 90km/hr.
  • Combine your trips to save fuel and time. Consider carpooling.
  • Use a block heater in cold weather.

Visit CAA’s National Eco Driving page for more tips and information, and explore the tools below!

Cost Savings Calculator

CAA’s Driving Costs online tools offer consumers a look at the true cost of vehicle ownership. Our online Cost Savings Calculator is free and provides yearly figures by vehicle make, class and province, for everything from gas to licence fees to depreciation.

Input your own information to get an extremely accurate picture, or use rough figures based on your past experiences to get a very good estimate of your annual driving costs. The calculator also displays the annual greenhouse gas emissions and best-in-class comparisons for selected vehicles. It’s pretty neat, if we may say so.

If you want an even more accurate picture of what your vehicle actually costs you, CAA’s Driving Costs brochure is designed to offer consumers a more comprehensive look at the price of owning and operating a vehicle in Canada.

What’s your “Worst Road?”

CAA hosts the Worst Roads campaign every year. This initiative lets Atlantic Canadians submit and vote for the roads they think are most in need of repairs. The goal is to give Maritimers a platform to bring attention to these declining roads in their area. At the end of the month-long campaign, we share the top 10 Worst Roads in Atlantic Canada, and reach out to government officials about plans for updates on the top 10. This information is posted to the Worst Roads website as it is received.

Ongoing road maintenance is essential to ensuring safe, economical, environmentally responsible and pleasant driving. Through its research, CAA has established that by the time you add up the costs of traffic congestion, repair costs, municipal and gas taxes, and various other costs, a bad road could cost the average motorist up to $3,000 per year.

In 2014, nearly 5,300 Atlantic Canadians cast a vote for a Worst Road in their region. Visit the Worst Roads homepage to see which roads make the top 10 list in 2014, and updates from municipal and/or provincial governments on planned work or upgrades.


Featured CAA Member Story

Worth Every Penny

Along the way in the past 10 years my wife and I realized we used CAA quite often. So we upgraded to the Premier plan. Then on renewal last spring, we signed up for the RV coverage too. In July we were travelling on the 104 in 34 degrees humidex towing the 5th wheel, when a rear tire blew damaging some of the wheel well covering. Called CAA. Within 30 minutes the service truck came and changed the tire and got us on our way. Total time on the side of the road for all that? 60 minutes. The peace of mind in these emergencies that keep popping up is worth every cent of what I am paying. Thank you CAA.

Thanks from Santa

My wife and I are Mr. & Mrs. Santa Clause in the Christmas season.But on December 17, 2011 we had just finished a daycare Christmas party and when we came back to our van our keys were locked inside. We had another party in about 1/2 an hour so we called CAA. The lady put it out on the air that Santa needed help so he could get to a children's Christmas party on time. One serviceman came really fast to our aid and could not let the kids down to have Mr. & Mrs. Claus at their Christmas party. My hat goes off to our CAA Service people everywhere.

Out in the Cold

My daughter and I were on a day trip on we stopped for gas and, oh yes, locked ourselves out of the vehicle. Luckily I had my purse with me and my CAA card. The agent said we would have help within one hour. And in almost exactly one hour a very nice and polite young man arrived. I have been a CAA card holder for about 15-20 years, but this is the first time I have used the card for emergency. On a cold day, we were able to leave and get warmed up in no time. Thank you CAA.

My Story

Recently I had an incident at the New Hampshire Maine Border. I was changing a flat tire, couldn't get the tire off, called CAA and the closest reference I could give them in regards to location was that we were almost under an overpass. Well within 12 minutes a CAA vehicle pulled up an changed the tire within 5 minutes. I would estimate that I lost no more than 30 minutes of road time due to the quick response of CAA. I used the Travel Service about two years ago, and the service and my trip was second to none. A member for life. Thank you to a responsive and continually rewarding organization.