December 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

Tire envy: As the harsh reality of the season sets in, Albertans still using all-season tires might be second-guessing their choice. Our Driver Education experts can discuss why winter (or all-weather) tires are so important to road safety, and how Albertans feel about the topic. For instance, a new AMA survey finds half of Albertans believe winter tires should be mandatory: 29 per cent strongly agree, 21 per cent agree.

Fly away home: Heading home for the holidays is one of the highlights of the Christmas season. But if air travellers don’t plan ahead, the fun could be over before it even begins. Our experts can share tips on scoring the best seats on full flights, navigating soaring passenger volumes, breezing through security, packing to maximize carry-on contents, and more.

Holiday highs: Festive party season unfortunately means Alberta roads could see more impaired driving. In fact, one in seven cannabis-users with a driver’s licence say they’ve gotten behind the wheel within two hours of using the drug, even as a recent CAA-funded study shows impairment lingers five hours after use. An AMA safety expert can dispel the myths around driving high, and share key messages about motorist impairment – whether due to alcohol, drugs or both.

Above the salt: Anti-icing chemicals (think calcium chloride) are increasingly the way Alberta cities manage traction and road-safety issues. But what does it mean for the integrity of drivers’ vehicles? AMA’s chief mechanic can share tips for preventing corrosion, along with need-to-know information on how to properly wash a vehicle in winter.

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