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.