March 2019 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


Emergency Roadside Kit Survey: A new survey by AMA finds fully one-third of Albertans (33 per cent) don’t keep an emergency roadside kit in their vehicles. The 2019 poll of 2,409 people shows 45 per cent of those drivers plan to get one but haven’t gotten around to it; 22 per cent feel they can just call for help if needed; and 12 per cent say a kit isn't required because they only drive in-town. Notably, of the Albertans who do keep emergency kits, only 25 per cent say they’ve included water and just 39 per cent keep a phone charger. Our experts can discuss the results and their implications for driver safety.

Time-Change Trouble: When the clocks move forward this weekend, traffic safety studies suggest drivers will also spring into increased collision risk – anywhere from seven to 17 per cent higher on the Monday following the shift. AMA’s Driver Education experts can share tips on mitigating DST-related hazards, helping Alberta’s 1.8 million daily commuters prepare for the week ahead.

Gaslighted Drivers: Despite its name, premium gas isn’t always the best choice. In the new issue of AMA Insider, a AAA study evaluates vehicle performance, fuel economy and emissions and finds no added benefit to using premium fuel in vehicles that only call for regular. AMA’s chief mechanic can share the science behind gasoline, the vehicle-types that truly need premium, and tips on how to save more at the pumps.

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