STORIES BY KATHRYN WARD
ILLUSTRATIONS BY K YLE ME TCALF
Get a grip
Winter tires aren’t mandatory in Alberta, but
they are one way to increase road safety.
Winter tires are geared to temperatures of 7°C
and lower, the point where all-season tires
have less grip and require greater braking
Whatever kind of tires you drive on, check
them regularly for proper tread depth. When
it’s reduced, snow doesn’t disperse properly,
builds up and decreases your control.
Tire-tread depth gauges are available from
stores such as Canadian Tire. As well, all tires
have a wear bars. They’re not always easy to
spot, but if they’re smooth on any spot across
the tread, it’s time to replace the tire.
Watch for wildlife
Heading out on the highway can be an
adventure in the fall. It helps to remember that
you aren’t the only one out there “born to be
wild.” Alberta wildlife also tend to be around
For them, it’s mating season and they
are prone to running across roads. Plus, as
animals bulk up for winter, they can forage
along roadsides and are attracted to road salt.
Many species are more active at dawn
or dusk, when visibility is poor and traffic
volume high. Alberta Transportation offers the
following tips to help keep your journey safe:
crossing signs, or shining eyes and
silhouettes at night
swerve to avoid it
company, police and the nearest
Sustainable Resource Development or
Development office in cases where an
animal is injured or poses a threat to
Talking about alcohol and
If you are pregnant, your nurse, doctor or
pharmacist may strike up an honest, respectful
talk about alcohol and pregnancy. The
messages: no alcohol is safe at any stage of
pregnancy and help to stop drinking is nearby.
It’s all part of the Alberta’s Prevention
Conversation: A Shared Responsibility, which
shows health-care professionals who work
with women of child-bearing age how to talk
with women and their partners about alcohol
and pregnancy. The goal is to reduce fetal
alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD).
Visit fasd.alberta.ca or call Alberta
Supports at 1-877-644-9992 if you or
someone you know needs help to stop
drinking while pregnant.