Five lifehacks from AMA designed tomake life easier
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.
Thanks to a range of products and services, AMA members are better prepared to handle the vagaries of modern travel.