Calgary Vehicles

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  • Calgary is a very car-orientated city.
  • Only if you live in, or very close to, the downtown core would you be able to get away without a car.
  • Many suburban families find they need two cars.
  • People who are thinking of moving to Calgary often think that a 4x4 is mandatory, but it is not.
  • If you are going to regularly drive to the mountains in winter, e.g., for skiing, it would be nice to have a 4x4.
  • For city driving an ordinary car is perfectly adequate.
  • If your driving is confined mainly to the city, you can get away with all-season radial tires. However, switching to snow tires in winter will give you that much more traction and will improve your ability to stop when you need to.
  • If you drive outside of the city a lot, e.g., if you go to the mountains practically every weekend in winter, you'll really appreciate the extra traction that snow tires give you.
  • It is highly recommended that, regardless of where you'll be driving, you get a vehicle that has front-wheel drive and ABS brakes.
  • Block heaters are standard issue on vehicles sold and rented in Calgary.
  • Other pertinent BE Wiki articles include: