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3 entries from September 2018

Fuel Efficiency Lessons from the 2018 AJAC EcoRun

AJAC EcoRun 2018
Photo: AJAC

Back in June, we talked about the upcoming annual AJAC EcoRun, put on by the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada. It was held this year from June 20 - 23 across New Brunswick, with stops in Moncton, Saint John, Bay of Fundy and Fredericton.

AJAC has posted their summary video of the 2-day, 570-kilometre event, which includes interviews with a number of the journalists participating, spotlights on some of the 19 eco-friendly vehicles in the run, plus some scenic views of New Brunswick. This is the first time that the EcoRun was held in New Brunswick, a province with 48 charging stations and an initiative to install 12 more, putting it well on its way to being Canada's first fully connected province.

At the end of the EcoRun, the Green Jersey is awarded to the journalist who has the best overall fuel economy across all the vehicles they drove. This year it was awarded to Jim Kerr from exhausted.ca. Overall, the AJAC journalists achieved a combined fuel economy of 4.86 L/100 km in comparison to Natural Resource Canada's (NRCan) combined rating for these vehicles of 6.45 L/100 km.

At the Green Jersey award ceremony, Jim shared a few strategic tips: "I didn’t boot it very hard. I tried to keep to the speed limit ... letting off on the throttle down hills and keeping uphill speeds moderate. I kept the air conditioning off most of the time but, if it got really hot, I’d switch it on briefly. I also kept the windows closed at highway speeds, because the drag from open windows increases fuel consumption, and sometimes opened them in town."

You can read more about the AJAC EcoRun in the Summer 2018 issue of Vicarious Magazine. You can also get the detailed specs about how each vehicle in this year's EcoRun fared on the AJAC site

- Rose R.


Brushing Up on the Driving Basics – Take a Practice Knowledge Test

1970s driver

I noticed an hilarious ad on the back of a bus here in Vancouver recently about ICBC’s Drive Smart Refresher Test, which exhorts those of us who last took our driver knowledge tests when bell bottoms were in style (the first time) to see how our driving knowledge has held up.

I’m a little younger than the bell-bottom crowd, but I first took my knowledge test when “My Lovin’ (You’re Never Gonna Get It)” by En Vogue was at the top of the charts, so it’s been awhile. I’ve always been a keen test taker, so when I got home, I sat down and took the ICBC Drive Smart Refresher Test

ICBC test results

Not perfect. To be fair, two of the three questions I missed were about Learner and Novice Class 7 drivers using GPS and hand-held devices, neither of which existed the last time I took this test. Also, I took my original driver’s knowledge test in Alberta. So I figured I’d probably do better on the Alberta practice test

Alberta knowledge test results

Uh oh.

Fortunately, each province’s Driver’s Handbook is generally available online. I might have to brush up on a few things before I take the Manitoba practice knowledge test. Or the Ontario practice knowledge test. And for sure the Quebec practice knowledge test.

The point is that even if you’ve been driving since before the Red Ensign became the Maple Leaf, it’s worth a few minutes to see if you’re still on top of all the rules of the road. You might even learn something new! Like that Learner and Novice drivers in BC are not permitted to use GPS or electronics of any kind, including hands-free.

Have you taken one of these online tests? Share which test you took and your results in the comments!

- Rose R.


Updating our Look – Live by the Leaf

My deep-set reluctance to go to the hair salon started at a young age. I hated getting my hair cut. As I grew older, my stubbornness increased. Forty years after my first trip to the hair salon, if you look back through pictures, I essentially have had the same hair style my entire life – aside from a culturally mandated Farrah-flip from the seventies.

We take a slightly similar attitude towards our look here at Petro-Canada. We’re proud to serve more than 900,000 Canadians every day, through more than 1,790 retail and wholesale locations across the country – from the largest cities to the smallest communities. And we know that they (YOU!) count on consistency from your fuel provider. We don’t go changin’ without a lot of consideration.

But after forty years, we thought it was time for an update. By now, you’ve probably seen our new ‘Live by the Leaf’ and ‘Fièrement d’ici’ signage at our stations. The updated look and motto are so much more than just a new tagline. ‘Live by the Leaf’ and ‘Fièrement d’ici’ reflect our deep commitment to and love of this country; and the values we all share as Canadians.

As ‘Live by the Leaf’/‘Fièrement d’ici’ evolves, it will tell the stories of real people – customers, associates, partners and employees alike. You can see some of that already in social media and on our website. On our Facebook page, we’ve had hundreds of Canadians share their stories and their ‘Live by the Leaf’ moments. You can see some of those, along with other stories, on our website. We invite you to stop by! You’ll see that we all share more than a country; we share a way to live.

- Rose R.