AMA responded to over 10,000 calls for roadside assistance Thursday

As a result, wait times for service across the province are climbing.

As of this publication, drivers in Edmonton can expect to wait up to 121 hours, or approximately five days, for towing or winching.

AMA’s estimate in Calgary is 48 hours, 24 hours in Grande Prairie, 13 hours in Red Deer, six hours in Lethbridge, and two hours in Medicine Hat.

Klassen said he expects this trend to persist until early next week.

“We are bracing in here for the next two days of an incredibly-high call volume. It’s all hands on deck for AMA and all of our roadside providers out there. Every available resource is out helping Albertans so we thank everyone for their patience,” Klassen said.

AMA advises drivers in Alberta to leave their vehicles plugged in when not in use if possible, consider postponing any non-essential travel, and to have a roadside emergency kit in their vehicle.

Some of the items that AMA recommends having in an emergency roadside kit include:

12 ft Booster cables (6 gauge)
All valuables removed card
Multi-tool (26-in-1)
Cotton gloves
LED flashlight
Survival tool
First aid kit
“Call Police” banner
2 Reflective armbands
Reflective triangle
Hand/foot warmers
2 Bungee cords
2 Cable ties
2 Tea light candles
Duct tape
Waterproof matches
Safety flag

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