Advice to Get You Winter Ready

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.

Like an overly-concerned parent or your winter-crazy neighbour with the V8 snow blower, we’re happy to fill your earmuffs with a bunch of good advice to get your family, your home, and your vehicle ready for another Alberta winter.

Words of Wisdom

Did your dad always bug you to keep the gas tank full in the winter? 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 may 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, and some protein bars.

Do Your Home Work

Getting your home ready for winter will keep your family snug and warm, even when the cold wind howls. With eaves troughs to clean and pink flamingo lawn ornaments to hibernate, spend the time to winter-proof your house and yard. Winter prep is also a great time to catch up on the little things, like checking basement windows for leaks, changing your furnace filter, getting your ducts scrubbed, and replacing the batteries on smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.

Ready Your Ride

Alberta winters can be hard on your vehicle, but like your grandma used to say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Before the snow falls, it’s important to check your battery, alternator, oil and block heater to make sure you are fully prepared for cold mornings. These helpful articles will help you get your car ready for winter.

Leave Early, Slow down, and Play it Safe.

In the end, we just want you to stay safe, cozy, and warm throughout the nine-month shiver we call winter. The Your Account section of our website lets you renew your AMA membership and vehicle registration, and pay traffic fines online, all from the comfort of your PJs and bunny slippers.

And if you do run into trouble out on the road, you know our friendly Roadside Assistance superheroes are just a click or phone call away.

When I'm not busy advocating for safer roads and communities, I can be found advocating for my children to eat their vegetables and clean their rooms. I'm committed to helping AMA members find the confidence to live their best lives.