How are you coping with high gas prices? BCAA wants to know.



    
    -  Web survey looks to measure impact of gas prices on B.C. drivers
    -  BCAA offers tips to drive down gas bills
    

    BURNABY, BC, June 13 /CNW/ - Have high gas prices forced you to drive
less? Have you traded in your old gas guzzler for a hybrid? Have you cancelled
your summer road trip? BCAA wants to know how British Columbians have - or
have not - changed their driving habits in response to dollar-plus per litre
pump prices. BCAA is encouraging drivers to complete a one-minute survey on
its website www.bcaa.com to help the association gain a better understanding
of how high fuel prices are affecting driving habits and travel plans. The
survey will be open until June 25, and results will be publicized in early
July.
    In the meantime, BCAA recommends drivers control what they can to
minimize the impact pump prices are having on their pocketbook. Frugal fuel
habits also benefit the environment, by reducing air pollution and greenhouse
gas emissions. Here is BCAA's "top ten" list of gas-saving tips:

    
    1.  Consolidate trips. Find one location where you can take care of
        banking, grocery shopping and other chores. When possible, combine
        them with your daily commute. Short trips less than five kilometres
        generally do not allow the engine to reach its peak operating
        temperature, reducing the level of fuel efficiency.

    2.  Only use as much vehicle as you need. If you own more than one
        vehicle, use the more energy-conserving vehicle as often as possible.
        Better still, ditch the car and use two wheels instead of four.

    3.  Watch that lead foot. Save fuel by slowing down, maintaining steady
        speeds and avoiding jack-rabbit starts and hard braking. A European
        study found rapid acceleration from stoplights and hard braking
        reduced travel time by just four per cent in city driving - the
        equivalent of just over a minute every half-hour - but resulted in a
        37 per cent jump in fuel consumption and a five-fold increase in
        emissions.

    4.  Avoid unnecessary idling. Shut off your engine when waiting in ferry
        or border lineups, or picking up children from school. Shutting off
        and re-starting the engine consumes less fuel and emits less
        pollutants.

    5.  Lighten up. Clean out the trunk, cargo areas and passenger
        compartments. A heavier vehicle uses more gas.

    6.  Don't pursue counter-productive fuel savings. Keep your eyes open for
        low fuel prices but don't waste gas driving to a distant filling
        station to save a few cents.

    7.  Get rewarded. Purchasing gas from companies that offer loyalty
        rewards is one small way to offset high gas prices. To maximize
        benefits, try to stick to a single program.

    8.  Stay in tune. Keeping tires inflated, moving components properly
        lubricated and ignition and emission systems operating properly will
        help ensure maximum fuel efficiency and extend the life of your
        vehicle.

    9.  Consider other commuting options. Think about ride share (www.ride-
        share.com) and public transportation as ways to commute. How about
        working from home one or more days per week? And, why not ask the
        boss about arriving earlier, or leaving later from work to avoid
        wasting gas in bumper-to-bumper rush hour traffic?

    10. Shop smart. If you're upgrading your old beater, compare fuel
        efficiency ratings on the vehicles you're considering with
        EnerGuide's Fuel Consumption Guide, produced by Natural Resources
        Canada (www.vehicles.gc.ca).
    

    About BCAA

    BCAA is dedicated to meeting the needs of its members and customers
throughout B.C. and the Yukon, connecting them with a team of membership,
automotive, travel and insurance professionals. With over 765,000 members and
$115 million in revenues, BCAA is the largest organization of its kind in B.C.
and the third largest CAA-affiliated association in Canada. In 2007, BCAA was
named one the 50 Best Employers in Canada by international HR consultants
Hewitt Associates and the Globe & Mail's Report on Business magazine. To learn
more about BCAA's products, services and member advocacy, visit www.bcaa.com.
For information on the BCAA Traffic Safety Foundation visit www.tsf-bcaa.com.

    Editors notes:

    Gas related photos are available at ftp.bcaa.com. Login as "anonymous"
and use your own email as a password. Refer to folder entitled "media". Please
reference photo with "BCAA photo."





For further information:

For further information: Jennifer Timm, BCAA Media Relations, Tel: (604)
268-5342, Cell: (778) 228-8859, Email: jennifer.timm@bcaa.com; Trace Acres,
Director, Corporate Communications & Government Affairs, Tel: (604) 268-5029,
Cell: (604) 788-3753, Email: trace.acres@bcaa.com


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