April Expert Guide

The Alberta Motor Association’s monthly Expert Guide connects journalists with experts on timely topics that matter to Albertans, helping create compelling and trusted news stories. We invite you to use the information below or to contact us for an interview with one of our subject matter experts. ama.newsroom@ama.ab.ca 1-888-960-6397


Spring thaw perils: As nice as it is to finally see spring, rapid snow-melt comes at a cost. Over the last 10 years, water damage has become the number one peril nationwide, accounting for roughly half of all “catastrophic loss” insurance claims. That’s why it’s so important for policyowners to do their homework on the details of their coverage. Our experts can discuss the key causes of spring water damage, preventative tips, and the types of policies Albertans should look for.

Pothole pains: Potholes are as much a sign of spring as tulips and kids hopped-up on Easter chocolate. In fact, nearly a quarter of Albertans incurred pothole-related damage to their vehicle at least twice between 2011 and 2016. Our experts can discuss the science of potholes, the role weather plays, the risk potholes pose to vehicles, and tips on damage-prevention.

Spring cleaning for your car: Paging Marie Kondo to the garage! Between April slush and lingering snow and salt from March, our vehicles need spring cleaning as much as our houses. AMA’s automotive experts can share tips on seasonal vehicle maintenance, how to choose a good mechanic, and best practices for car-washes to prevent lasting weather damage to your vehicle.

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