There’s something about a cold Alberta morning that just takes your breath away.
Sure, there’s the scraping of windshields and the growing of moustache icicles to contend with, but that’s not what we mean. It’s something about the way the sunrise hits the crystals in the snow that reminds you of how beautiful our province is, even when it freezes solid.
We always give our members lots of advice to help get their vehicles ready for winter. We even offer free winter check-ups through our AMARewards partner, Lube City. Winter tires? Check. Synthetic Oil? Check. But who is checking up to make sure you are ready for winter driving?
Did your dad always nag you to keep the gas tank full in the winter or carry an emergency kit in the trunk? Maybe he knew what he was talking about. If he was here right now he’d probably also tell you to slow down and be extra cautious on icy roads. He might caution you to avoid school zones, where children wrapped like mummies in their scarves might not see you coming.
And if your mom got a chance to get a word in edgewise, she might tell you to make sure your cell phone is fully charged. She would say to check AMA RoadReports before you head out and to check in with a loved one before and after your highway journey. At the risk of tuning you out completely, she probably would remind you to pack a kit in the trunk with boots, blankets, warm clothes, a flashlight with extra batteries, some protein bars….
Parents can be a real drag. But you won’t hear any lectures from us.
We’re less like parents and more like that cousin who won’t judge you but will drive through a snowstorm to rescue you when your vehicle breaks down. So when we say it isn’t enough to just get your ride ready for winter, but that you also need to prepare yourself and your family for the realities of winter driving, it comes from a good place.
Leave early. Slow down. Play it safe. We want you to drive carefully so you can continue to focus on winter taking your breath away, without … you know, taking your breath away.
Visit the AMA Facebook page and tell us what your family does to prepare for an Alberta winter.