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

Nothing But Praise

I have nothing but praise for Tim Moore, the gentleman who was sent in response to my Roadside Assistance call. He was very pleasant to deal with. It was a Saturday evening when I called to request assistance with a tire that was losing pressure. He inflated the tire and examined it for the possible source of the problem. When I expressed concern to him about not being able to get an appointment at a garage to have the tire checked before a trip I needed to make to Fredericton Monday morning, he went above and beyond by offering to return as his first call of the day and ensure I had adequate pressure for the trip. True to his word, he was in my driveway inflating my tire at just after 7:00 a.m. Monday morning, without me even making a call. He was about to drive off before I could even thank him, but I did manage to get his attention as he was about to pull away so that I could say “Thank you”. He also recommended a CAA approved garage (Brian Pellerin’s Auto Pro) that he promised would treat me fairly and provide good service, which they did. I'm so grateful to him for recommending this garage, as I felt very comfortable dealing with them and wouldn’t hesitate to go back to them in the future. When I mentioned his name to them, they said that they hear lots of great things about him from other CAA Members also, and that he is a real asset to CAA. Please tell Tim that Mary Lou says “Thank You” (and tell him the source of the problem was a nail embedded in the tire!).  
 
Although I didn’t have as much interaction with Angela, the agent who took my call that Saturday night, she was very nice to deal with also.
 
My membership paid for itself with this positive experience!
 

Thank You Again for the Terrific Service

I just wanted to thank Guilda and Isabelle (from the Moncton Member Service Centre) for the time and effort they spent on getting a reservation situation resolved the week of June 12. I'm very grateful they were there when I needed help. The new hotel, The Margate, was terrific and was actually closer to the concert I was attending than the original one would have been. 

 

Thank you again for the terrific service, I can't really say it enough! 

 

Kevin & Sharon 

2 Days In A Row

I had never used CAA since I became a Member in 2016 and this past weekend I had to use it 2 days in a row. I was simply amazed at the good service. Unbelievable. Tow truck drivers were really professional, courteous, and helpful. Everything was good about the whole experience. I can't say enough good stuff about the whole experience.

We're very happy campers... I mean Members!

I was at the parking garage at the Halifax Airport. My wife came back from a trip to Europe. She arrived, surprisingly, 10 minutes early, so we thought to get home early too. We had to travel 220 km to Bear River, N.S. The suitcases were loaded...ready to take off...but the old Mercedes didn't start. After many attempts to start it we gave up and called CAA. They came within 20 minutes, pulled us out off the Airport garage to the next gas station. Within 5 minutes a flatbed truck showed up, pulled the car on it and drove us home to Bear River. The driver was a very safe and friendly driver, he knew his stuff. So I have to say that the CAA service was 100 % perfect. On time, professional people, good job. We're very happy campers... I mean Members!

A Wonderful Experience

I just wanted to tell you about the wonderful experience I had today with CAA Roadside Assistance. I was in Fredericton for work and locked my keys in my car. I panicked because I had to be back in Saint John to pick up my children from daycare and just didn't have time for this. I called CAA at 3:25pm and the lady said someone would be there within the hour. Within 5 min my saving grace Tovey arrived and had my doors open in no time. I was on the road by 3:40pm. I couldn't have asked for better service . Tovey was so very nice and friendly. I'm sure people are quick to complain, so I wanted to take the time to let you know that my first experience with CAA Roadside Assistance was extremely positive and Tovey represented your company in such a great way. THANK YOU!

I am very pleased to be a CAA Member!

My wish today is to let CAA know how much I appreciated their response to a battery problem I experienced last week and how pleased I was that employee Roger appeared to give me a boost.  In fact, Roger had to return a second time.  He was knowledgeable, pleasant, efficient and helped turn what could have been a very ill timed car difficulty into a moment far less difficult.  I have complimented Roger's assistance to many of my friends.  I am very pleased to be a CAA Member and even moreso that Roger was there to help me out.

One of the "A's" in CAA MUST stand for "angels"!

Well, it's been a little over a week since we've returned from the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida trip that you planned for us.

I had to email you to tell you how incredibly grateful I am to you for your care, patience and professionalism.

The boys and my aunt Mary Lynn and I had the time of our lives in Florida. The Caribbean Beach resort? Absolutely amazing. The Dining plan? So worth it! It was with heavy hearts that we took off our Magic Bands at the airport for the return trip!

All I can think about is getting on a plane and going right back!

Again, thank you so very much - one of the "A's" in CAA MUST stand for "angels"!

Thank you so much to CAA and Rick!!

On March 17th, we were driving to the Saint John Regional Hospital as my mother was scheduled for surgery.  On the way there, we hit a huge pothole and noticed when we got to the hospital parking lot that the front left tire looked flat.  With no time to spare, we rushed into the hospital and resolved to look at the tire later.

We called CAA later in the day and Rick from Loyalist City Towing showed up promptly.   It turns out that the tire wasn't flat, it was just very low on air (as were the others).  Rick filled up all 4 tires and advised us to get them looked at (which we have).

His prompt, professional and cheerful service, on a brutally cold March day, was amazing!  Worrying about having a flat tire was the last thing we needed that day.

Thank you so much to CAA and Rick!!

Random Act of Kindness

I would like to report a random act of kindness that one of your drivers, Rick, performed for me. This man is incredible. He noticed that I had a flat tire in a parking lot in Uptown Saint John, he pumped it up and left me a note on the back of an envelope under my windshield.  I didn’t come out of work until 7pm that night and I thought “ugh, there’s some crummy flyer” and here was this wonderful, wonderful message telling me that I should get my tire checked (which I’ve done).  I guess maybe I should join CAA! I’m showing this to everybody. I am so, so impressed and thankful for what Rick did!

A Friendly Voice in a Stressful Situation

I have purchased my CAA Membership for years for that "just in case" senario.  Well, this year I am so glad I kept up my Membership. This past winter I have had flat tires twice. The most scary one was at 9:00pm at night, on a dark road in winter and a very cold night. I called for roadside assistance and the agent was a friendly voice in a stressful situation. Even trying to describe where I was located was a challenge but he walked me through it. It was a cold night -15 with the wind chill and I was so happy when I saw the repair flatbed pull up behind my vehicle and put the emergency lights on. I had not seen another car in a long time and he was a light in a dark night. The truck driver had to get the spare under the car and all the while he was extremely friendly and calmed my nerves and made a stressful situation bearable. He left me with a smile and a bit of welcome advice, "remember, we are here when you need us". That night CAA was where and when I needed them and I will continue to be a loyal customer.  Keep up the great work!

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