As an Albertan driver, understanding your driving record is probably more important than you think it is. You know that your driving record is directly associated with how much money you pay, but did you also know that you might be paying more than you should be?
Yes, we're talking about mistakes... and they're not as uncommon as you think they are.
This is why we encourage everyone to request their Albertan driving record (also commonly known as driver abstract) from the Access to Motor Vehicle Information Regulation. You can find more information on how to apply for a driver abstract in Alberta here. (Note that you might want to do it in person as it makes the process a lot simpler.) If you find a mistake on your driving abstract, then you should contact the Ministry of Transport and report it.
To understand your driver record you first have to understand how the Albertan demerit point system works. Quite simply, demerit points are awarded each time a driver is found guilty of partaking in a dangerous driving habit. (How many points are awarded depends on the type of infraction committed.)
On your driver abstract you will find out how many demerit points were awarded to you. You will also learn more about your past convictions (if any) as well as your past suspensions (again if any). We highly encourage that you request your driver record at least once a year to make sure that it is as accurate as it can possibly be.