"More tips for driving in Alberta" Province of Alberta Transportation Tip by jojocan

Province of Alberta Transportation: 10 reviews and 6 photos

1. Turn signals will give away your next move. A confident Albertan driver avoids using them.

2. Under no circumstance should you maintain a safe distance between you and the car in front of you, because the space will be filled in by somebody else, putting you in an even more dangerous situation.

3. The faster you drive through a red light, the less of a chance you have of getting hit.

4. Warning! Never come to a complete stop at a stop sign. No one expects it and it will result in your being rear-ended.

5. Never get in the way of an older car that needs extensive bodywork, especially with B.C. or Sask, plates. With no insurance, the other operator has nothing to lose.

6. Braking is to be done as hard and late as possible to ensure that your ABS kicks in, giving a vigorous, foot massage as the brake pedal violently pulsates. For those of you without ABS, it's a chance to strengthen your leg muscles.

7. Speed limits are arbitrary figures; given only as a suggestion and are not enforceable in Alberta during rush hour, especially in Calgary.

8. Just because you're in the left lane and have no room to speed up or move over doesn't mean that an Albertan driver flashing his high beams behind you doesn't think he can go faster in your spot.

9. Always brake and rubberneck when you see an accident or even someone changing a tire. This is seen as a sign of respect for the victim.

10. Learn to swerve abruptly without signalling. Alberta is the home of high-speed slalom-driving; thanks to the Department of Public Works, which puts pot-holes in key locations to test drivers' reflexes and keep them alert.

11. It is tradition in Alberta to honk your horn at cars in front of you that do not move three milliseconds after the light turns green.

12. Remember that the goal of every Alberta driver is to get ahead of the pack by whatever means necessary.

13. In Alberta, 'flipping the bird' is considered a polite salute. This gesture should always be returned.

Type: Car/Motor Home

Review Helpfulness: 2 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Mar 14, 2006
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