Expert Guide: January 2018

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

Aggressive Driving: A recent study for the AMA Foundation for Traffic Safety found 57 per cent of Albertans believe aggressive driving has gotten more prevalent in the last three years. In terms of frequently encountered behaviours, 59 per cent of people named tailgating, 42 per cent said it was another driver blocking them from changing lanes, 38 per cent cited being purposely cut-off, 33 per cent were often the recipients of angry gestures, and 33 per cent were regularly honked-at. Our experts can talk about the dangers of aggressive driving, why we’re seeing more of it, and ways of preventing such behaviour on our roads.

Jump-Start January: Need a boost? Last January, AMA saw a 121 per cent increase in battery calls versus our daily winter average. This spike meant nearly a third of our Roadside Assistance requests were attributed to boosts or battery-replacement service. Our Roadside expert can talk about why battery calls skyrocket in the winter, common misconceptions about battery life in Alberta, and tips to help ensure your vehicle starts when you need it to.

Beating the Cold: Did you know January is the most popular month for booking vacations to sun destinations? An expert from AMA Travel can talk about how Albertans are beating the cold in 2018, and offer price-savvy suggestions for people looking for last-minute getaways (there’s even a cruise that includes flights!).

Ice, Ice Baby: Albertans may be built for the cold but our vehicles aren’t as rugged. January is the time when winter conditions start to wreak havoc on everything from commercial trucks to commuter cars – and there can be costly consequences at the repair shop. Our Automotive expert can talk about common effects winter has on Alberta vehicles, and best practices for preventing damage.


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