Making road trips better for you and the environment

TORONTO, April 15 /CNW/ - A good family road trip isn't complete without CAA to help keep you safe along the way and a Tim Hortons coffee to go. But making that road trip an environmentally-conscious one is the only way to ensure it stays in the family for generations.

CAA and Tim Hortons will join together at the Green Living Show at the Direct Energy Centre on April 15-17, and will give visitors the chance to put their eco-driving skills to the test in the DriveWise simulator. They can also test their knowledge with our spin-to-win contest and learn about the many positive environmental driving choices they can make.

"Motorists have a responsibility to help sustain the environment. Making small eco choices like combining trips, reducing highway speed and carpooling can lead to significant changes which help reduce the negative impact on the planet," said Nick Parks, President & CEO, CAA South Central Ontario.

In a recent CAA survey of close to 2,000 Ontarians, 43 per cent of respondents said they had taken steps to reduce their environmental impact while driving in the past year. Twenty-four per cent of those asked used cruise control on the highway and 37 per cent travelled without excess weight in their trunks — both of which improve fuel consumption. CAA continues to encourage and educate motorists on the small changes they can make in driving habits to help improve these numbers and make a difference in the environment and on their fuel bills.

CAA and Tim Hortons 5 Eco-Driving Tips:

  • Keep 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; use cruise control. Fuel consumption increases above 90 km/hr.
  • Avoid jackrabbit starts and hard braking.
  • Combine your trips to save fuel and time; consider carpooling.

"Protecting the environment is a priority for Tim Hortons", said Nick Javor, Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Tim Hortons. "Whether through waste diversion, reducing litter and helping our customers learn ways to save money and reduce vehicle emissions by sharing driving tips at our GTA restaurants. If everyone does a little we can do a lot to make our environment better."

"We can all do our part to help battle climate change. I applaud the leadership demonstrated by CAA and Tim Hortons," said Environment Minister John Wilkinson. "Their partnership is a great example of how we can work together to improve the environment for our children and grandchildren."

Visit caasco.com to learn more eco-driving tips and take our eco-driving quiz.

SOURCE CAA South Central Ontario

For further information:

Media contact: Jeff LeMoine, Internal/External PR Specialist, jlem@caasco.ca, Office: (905) 771-4709, Cell: (416) 254-0641 or Silvana Aceto, Media and PR Specialist, CAA SCO, sace@caasco.ca, Office: (905) 771-3194, Cell: (416) 209-4930.


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