CAA survey says gas prices affect summer travel plans

Of those who are planning a road trip, 64 per cent of these respondents said gas prices are likely to impact their road trip plans. While some are limiting the number of trips they take overall or driving shorter distances, some travelers are planning around gas prices, and others are adjusting their budget to accommodate fuel prices during their trip.

As we transition into summer, there are easy ways to save money on fuel. This includes controlling speed and limiting hard stopping, avoiding idling, and being mindful of your vehicle’s temperature.

Savings can also start at the pump, as CAA Members save 3 cents per liter when filling up at select Shell gas stations.

More summer fuel saving tips:

  • Don’t start your car until you need to – your vehicle will “loosen up” as you drive.
  • Turn off your vehicle if you’re going to be waiting for longer than a stoplight.
  • Avoid “jackrabbit” starts and hard braking.
  • Fuel economy peaks between 80-90km/h. Use cruise control to maintain your speed to get more distance out of your fuel tank.
  • cool down your vehicle by first rolling down your windows to air out the vehicle, then turn on your air conditioning fighting. Close your windows and sunroof when highway driving, and use a window shade when the car is parked to help keep the vehicle cooler
  • Keep your tires at the manufacturer’s recommended pressure. Set a reminder monthly on your phone to check it.
  • Plan your route to avoid backtracking and unnecessary mileage.

Planning is essential to ensure road trip safety. “We recommend you plan routes ahead of time and share them with someone, bring a map as a backup to your GPS, and check the weather ahead of time,” says Kaitlynn FurseDirector of Corporate Communications, CAA South Central Ontario.

“We recommend a daily driving maximum of 800km per day with 15-minute breaks every two hours to ensure you are well rested before you get behind the wheel.”

Be sure to pack your CAA membership or download the CAA app for peace of mind on the road.

As a part of planning a trip, it’s important to ensure your vehicle is safe and reliable. Here are some ways to get your car road trip ready:

  • Check your tires. Ensure the tire pressure meets the manufacturer’s recommendations to improve your vehicle’s handling and extend the life cycle of your tires.
  • Top up your fluids. Consider packing extra summer washer fluid and change your oil if you are close to your regularly scheduled appointment.
  • Clean your windshield. Clean any debris inside and out and replace worn wiper blades.
  • Check your lights. Make sure your headlights, brake lights and turn signals are working properly. If you have kids, teach them about road safety by involving them in the process.
  • Test the battery. Intense heat can cause just as much havoc on your car battery as the frigid cold. If your battery is older than three years, have a professional test your car battery and replace it. CAA Battery Service will test, boost or replace your battery.
  • Pack an emergency roadside kit. Whether you buy a pre-assembled kit or create your own, it should include a few essentials like a flashlight, jumper cables, working jack cellphone battery charger, water and non-perishable food.
  • Double check your license plates are renewed. Doing a quick spot-check online is easy and will help you avoid the risk of getting a ticket. Renewing your license plate is free.

For CAA Members, when you run out of gas, a limited supply of gasoline will be delivered to your disabled vehicle to enable you to reach the nearest open service station, provisions or in accordance with towing service, a tow will be provided to a facility where fuel is available. Specific brands or octane ratings cannot be promised.

CAA please 1,697 votes via a CAA Member Matters Panel in South Central Ontario from May 27 to June 5, 2022.

About CAA South Central Ontario
As a leader and advocate for road safety and mobility, CAA South Central Ontario is a not-for-profit auto club which represents the interests of over 2.2 million Members. For over a century, CAA has collaborated with communities, police services and governments to help keep drivers and their families safe while traveling on our roads.

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SOURCE CAA South Central Ontario

For further information: Nadia Matos, Manager of External Communications, P: (905) 771-3058, C: (416) 523-0663, E: [email protected]; Victoria Marchisello, Communications Specialist, C: (416) 550-1979, E: [email protected]

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