Five life­hacks from AMA de­signed tomake life eas­ier

Calgary Herald - - TRAVEL - L. HAR­RISONKELLY

There are some as­pects of mod­ern travel — whether it’s on the road or when fly­ing to a va­ca­tion des­ti­na­tion– that are just a pain.

They ought to be skipped. Many have won­dered while wait­ing in line at the Registries Of­fice or deal­ing with a bro­ken down car on the side of the road: “why can’t some­one else han­dle this for me?”

AMA mem­bers ask this ques­tion far less of­ten, thanks to a range of prod­ucts and ser­vices that make their lives much eas­ier and more af­ford­able. These in­clude:

1. AU­TO­MATIC VE­HI­CLE REG­IS­TRA­TION RE­NEWAL

Since the provin­cial gov­ern­ment stopped mail­ing out ve­hi­cle reg­is­tra­tion re­newal re­minders to most Al­ber­tans last spring, some peo­ple have un­in­ten­tion­ally let their reg­is­tra­tion ex­pire. The fine for driv­ing with ex­pired reg­is­tra­tion is $310.

AMA takes this po­ten­tial headache off your hands with au­to­mated re­newal ser­vices. Mem­bers can sign up for ve­hi­cle reg­is­tra­tion auto-re­newal, which means AMA staff han­dle ev­ery­thing. You sim­ply re­ceive your new doc­u­ments and li­cense plate stick­ers in the mail.

AMA mem­bers can sign up now atAMA.ab.ca/au­to­matic.

2. AREWARDS PRO­GRAM YOUCAN AC­TU­ALLY USE

Too of­ten, cus­tomer loy­alty pro­grams wrap the ben­e­fits they of­fer up in reams of red tape. In contrast, AMARe­wards has teamed up with more than 164,000 part­ners world­wide to make it easy for mem­bers to use their re­ward dol­lars. AMA wants you to save money. Re­ally.

The pro­gram saves you on ev­ery­day pur­chases you make for your car (nat­u­rally), en­ter­tain­ment, din­ing, health, and beauty. But it also in­cludes less com­mon ex­penses like tuxe­dos, di­a­mond rings, and wed­ding dresses. It of­fers bonuses for do­ing your shop­ping on­line with brands like Aldo, Home De­pot, Dell, and Hud­son’s Bay.

And if you pay with your Na­tional Bank CAA Re­wards Master­card credit card, you’ll earn one per cent cash back on el­i­gi­ble pur­chases.

3. ROAD­SIDE AS­SIS­TANCE YOUCAN RELY ON

Be­tween in­clement weather and un­pre­dictable driv­ers, go­ing any­where in a car in Al­berta can be un­cer­tain. Road­side as­sis­tance shouldn’t be. That is why all AMA mem­ber­ships in­clude five tows per year. AMA also has cover­age to suit peo­ple who drive long dis­tances reg­u­larly; or tow an ATV or boat, or are strictly city com­muters; or want free cover­age for their kids (age 15 and un­der); or do a lot of over­seas trav­el­ling and want ex­tra trip in­ter­rup­tion pro­tec­tion; or who don’t even drive and want cover­age in other peo­ple’s ve­hi­cles. What­ever your needs, AMA can help make sure you have the cover­age that suits you best.

4. AN IN­SIDER’S DEAL ON TRAVEL MED­I­CAL IN­SUR­ANCE

Many peo­ple know that travel med­i­cal in­sur­ance is a great idea when trav­el­ling out­side of Canada. Less well known is the fact that your Al­berta Health Care In­sur­ance plan doesn’t cover all med­i­cal ex­penses in Canada—in­clud­ing the cost of am­bu­lances. It can save you thou­sands of dol­lars if some­thing goes wrong.

That’s why AMA makes travel in­sur­ance a snap. Its on­line sys­tem will give you a quote in un­der two min­utes. There are no mem­ber­ship or age re­quire­ments, and cover­age can cost as lit­tle as $25. AMA mem­bers re­ceive a 10 per­cent dis­count.

5. DRIVER’S ED­U­CA­TION THAT MEETS YOU WHERE YOU ARE

Driv­ing in­struc­tion is a great way to im­prove your skills on the road, but find­ing the time to at­tend classes can be a chal­lenge. That’s why AMA launched the first on­line driver’s train­ing pro­gram in Canada back in 2014. You can learn on your own time and at your own pace.

The train­ing is great for new driv­ers get­ting ready for their first tests and vet­er­ans look­ing to stay sharp. It’s built on AMA’s his­tory of school­ing more than 880,000 driv­ers in ways that go be­yond what’s re­quired for the gov­ern­ment road test.

AMA con­sis­tently stays in­formed of cur­rent driver ed­u­ca­tion re­search to in­form stu­dents on the chal­lenges they will face on the road. More im­por­tantly they give them strate­gies to ad­dress those chal­lenges.

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Thanks to a range of prod­ucts and ser­vices, AMA mem­bers are bet­ter pre­pared to han­dle the va­garies of mod­ern travel.

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