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CAA Urges Teens and Parents to Discuss Safe Driving During National Teen Driver Safety Week

Ottawa, ON – With motor vehicle accidents as the leading cause of death among teens in Canada, the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) encourages teens and parents to discuss and practice safe driving habits during National Teen Driver Safety Week, happening from Oct. 19 to 25.

“In this new era of driving, teens are faced with so many more challenges on the road, from texting to other electronic usage,” says Jeff Walker, vice-president of public affairs, CAA National. “Parents need to set a good example, early, by showing their teens how to be 100% committed to the rules of the road and fully engaged while driving.”

CAA wants to help teens start their driving careers off on the right foot. As a comprehensive guide for new drivers and their parents, DriveRight (www.CAA.ca/DriveRight) features useful reminders, tips, questions and do’s and don’ts that parents and new drivers can refer to throughout the learning-to-drive process.

Some good tips to keep in mind are:

  • Turn your phone off or put it well out of your reach so you won’t be tempted to break the law by using it while on the road.
  • Discussion is critical to developing a healthy family driving relationship – download CAA’s parent-teen agreement to help both sides talk about their mutual rights and responsibilities.
  • Holding a driver’s license is a privilege not a right—be a responsible driver at all times.
  • Parents need to heed similar advice—don’t teach your young driver your own bad habits.

Teens and parents don’t have to limit their discussions to this one week, but are encouraged to review their driving habits on a regular basis together.

National Teen Driver Safety Week is conducted annually during the third week of October and raises awareness on teen driver safety through community and youth engagement.  

Canadians will travel further for good gas price, poll finds

CAA app, website provide information for consumers and media on gas prices

OTTAWA, Sept. 29, 2014 – Canadians are willing to drive further if it means getting a good price on gas, according to a new poll released today by the Canadian Automobile Association, as it launched a new online service that allows Canadians to better inform themselves about gas prices.

CAA’s app and website provide the price of gas wherever you are, as well as average prices for communities, provinces and the country. They can be downloaded at www.getgasprices.ca, or through Android and Apple app stores, and are free and available to anyone.

“Gas prices are something that Canadians watch closely,” says Jeff Walker, vice-president of public affairs, CAA National. “Canadians often feel helpless about the cost of gas. Our new products provide consumers with the knowledge needed to make a well-informed decision on when to gas up.”

Looking at the past 12 months, the national average was as high as $1.39/litre in June 2014, and as low as $1.20/litre in November 2013, according to figures from www.getgasprices.ca.

With fluctuating prices, there is no surprise that two thirds of Canadians say they will drive a further one kilometre to save 3¢/litre on gas, and more than 80 percent will drive one kilometre to save 5¢/litre.

The new app displays gas prices at thousands of individual gas stations across Canada, while www.getgasprices.ca shows the average gas price for the past day, week, month and year for over 100 Canadian cities, as well as for the provinces and the country as a whole. The app and website can be accessed from each other.

For more information or to download the app, visit caa.ca/mobile or http://gasprices.caa.ca/find-prices-at-the-pump/.

The CAA poll surveyed 1,252 Canadians. A probability sample of the same size would yield a margin of error of +/-2.8%, 19 times out of 20.

CAA is a federation of nine clubs providing more than 6 million Members with exceptional emergency roadside service, complete automotive and travel services, member savings and comprehensive insurance services. It has been an advocate for road users for over 100 years.

For further information, please contact:

Kristine D’Arbelles
Manager, Public Affairs
CAA National
613-247-0117 ext. 2006
613-796-9404
kdarbelles@national.caa.ca

Make Sure Road Safety is Part of School Routine

OTTAWA – With the back-to-school September rush slowing down, the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) reminds motorists to keep road safety in mind.

Students are walking, biking and are being driven to school, and for some it is the very first time. With the help of parents and caregivers, we can teach our children the rules of the road by sharing safety tips during the commute to school. A watchful eye before and after school hours and slowing down in school zones, will also help avoid dangerous situations and keep everyone safe.

“We encourage all motorists and parents to be cautious when driving in school zones,” says Jeff Walker, CAA National’s Vice-President of Public Affairs. “It is important to put away distractions such as phones and be extra attentive in school zones, be it a parent driving or a child walking to school.”

CAA also reminds drivers to keep an eye out for CAA School Safety patrollers. More than 70,000 youth volunteers nationwide ensure their peers remain safe while traveling to and from school. You might recognize them in their bright vests at busy intersections near schools or on school buses.

Here are some more dos and don’ts to add to your school routine:

Do’s:

  • Pay attention and look both ways before crossing a street.
  • Be prepared to stop for CAA school safety patrollers at intersections and crossways.
  • Slow down to the posted speed limit and carefully watch for kids crossing in between parked cars.
  • Stop for buses when a bus’s lights are flashing. Wait until the children have fully entered or exited the bus and the lights stop flashing to proceed.
  • Pick a designated pick-up  spot that’s safe and easily accessible to your child to avoid kids wandering the streets to find their ride home.
  • Always signal whether driving or biking, share your intentions with others on the road.
  • Wear a helmet. Encourage your children to wear a properly fitted helmet while biking.


Don’ts:

  • Don’t be distracted – put down the coffee or phone and keep your eyes on the road.
  • Don’t park in no parking or no stopping zones even if it’s for a few minutes. Plan ahead and pick a designated pick-up spot.
  • Don’t idle, if you stop for longer than 10 seconds it’s more fuel efficient to shut off your car and turn it back on when it’s time to go.
  • Don’t ignore School Safety Patrollers as they are there to protect youngsters as they cross the street. When crossing guards extend their flag or signs and enter the street, come to a complete stop and wait for all pedestrians to cross, proceeding only when the patroller has returned to the curb.

CAA is a federation of nine clubs providing over 6 million Members with exceptional emergency roadside service, complete automotive and travel services, member savings and comprehensive insurance services.

For further information or to book an interview today, please contact:

Kristine D’Arbelles
Manager, Public Affairs
CAA National
613-247-0117 ext. 2006
613-796-9404
kdarbelles@national.caa.ca

CAA’s Brenda Kyllo is First Canadian to Christen AmaWaterways Cruise Ship

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OTTAWA, ON – One of Europe’s award-winning river cruise lines has bestowed a rare honour on a Canadian, choosing Brenda Kyllo, CAA National Vice President Travel, to christen one of their ships. 

Kyllo blessed AmaWaterways newest river cruise ship, the AmaSonata, at a traditional christening ceremony in Vilshofen, Germany on July 22.

“I am deeply honored that AmaWaterways asked me to christen the AmaSonata and I am very proud to be their first Canadian godmother,” says Kyllo.

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The 4,000-year-old tradition of christening and naming a godmother includes blessing the safety of the passengers and crew. It concludes with the time-honored ritual of breaking a champagne bottle against the ship’s hull.

“We welcome more and more Canadian guests aboard our ships every year and a significant number of them are loyal CAA Members,” said Kristin Karst, AmaWaterways’ Executive Vice President and Co-Owner. “We want to recognize the warm relationship we share with our Canadian friends, and the person who symbolizes that best is Brenda Kyllo. We couldn’t ask for a more deserving godmother for the AmaSonata.”

The 164-passenger cruise ship features multiple dining room venues, onboard massage and salon services, a heated swimming pool, fitness room, complimentary bicycles and many other upscale amenities and innovative design elements.

About CAA

The Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) is one of the largest consumer-based organizations with over six million Members in Canada. CAA Travel offers Members a wide variety of vacation options to suit every taste, calendar and budget. Whether booking online, over the phone or in person at one of our 104 travel locations across the country, CAA is our Members’ trusted source of all travel information, inspiration and true value packages.

CAA also provides freedom and peace of mind to our Members through nine automobile Clubs. CAA Clubs offer exceptional Emergency Roadside Service, complete Automotive and Travel Services, Member Savings and comprehensive Insurance Services. For more information, visit www.caa.ca

About AmaWaterways

AmaWaterways offers award-winning river cruises around the world, including Europe, Russia, Southeast Asia and Africa. The company has received numerous honors and accolades over the years, including Travel + Leisure's World's Best Awards, Cruise Critic's Editors' Pick Award and an overall 4-Star Plus rating the inaugural Berlitz: River Cruising in Europe. 

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CAA and Park’N Fly Partner to Help Make Air Travel More Rewarding

OTTAWA, ON – The Canadian Automobile Association and Park’N Fly have expanded their partnership to make air travel easier and more affordable, with new benefits designed exclusively for CAA Members.

Travel can be a frustrating affair especially with all the hidden fees which in itself can cause unneeded stress let alone faced with the prospect of how to get to the airport in the most economical and efficient manner. Park’N Fly, Canada’s leading airport parking company, provides travellers with the most cost effective parking options complete with valet and/or self-park services, complimentary shuttles, and luggage assistance.

“As Canada’s top travel organization, CAA knows that travel can cause stress for some and that’s why we prides ourselves in aligning our brand with reputable organizations that offer superior value to our members. We are happy to grow our partnership with Park’N Fly to help our Members get to the most rewarding benefits when travelling,” says Jeff Walker, Chief Strategy Officer, CAA National.

As part of the new program, CAA’s Members can now earn 3% in CAA Dollars® in addition to the CAA Discount™ of 20%* off all stays at participating Park’N Fly locations every day. CAA Members can use their CAA Dollars for a variety of products and services available at their local CAA travel store.

“Over the last 15 years, CAA’s Rewards program has grown to be one of Canada’s largest loyalty programs with more than 164,000 locations for saving worldwide,” says Walker. “As one of Canada’s most trusted brands, our Members have high expectations of us, and therefore we are always looking to grow our CAA Rewards program.”

Members can take advantage of these great benefits immediately in Vancouver, Edmonton, Toronto, Ottawa and Halifax. The offer is not available in the Montreal Park’N Fly location. *For more information visit parknfly.ca to learn more about additional seasonal offers and benefits.

CAA is a federation of nine clubs providing 6 million Members with exceptional emergency roadside service, complete automotive and travel services, member savings and comprehensive insurance services. CAA also advocates on issues of concern to its members, including road safety, the environment, mobility, infrastructure and consumer protection.

For further information, please contact:

Kristine D’Arbelles
Manager, Public Affairs
CAA National
613-247-0117 ext. 2006
613-796-9404
kdarbelles@national.caa.ca