With more snow forecast for the upcoming week, it looks like we might have a white Christmas after all.

If you're planning to visit friends or family this holiday season, Wayne Wood with Alberta Transportation urges you to be prepared before hitting the road.

"We are in that time of year when people have to be thinking of winter driving conditions, even though we might not have them at the moment," he explained.

Wood has a few recommendations for drivers:

"Be prepared for winter driving. A lot of folks I know, at the first sign of winter, will get to a wider parking lot somewhere on the outskirts of the city, for example, and test their winter driving skills and their braking and make sure that they know how their vehicle is going to react to certain road conditions. You have to know how your vehicle performs and your vehicle has to be in good winter driving condition as well."

Once you've double-checked your vehicle's condition and are confident about your winter driving ability, Wood recommends looking up the road conditions before heading out.

"You still have to drive to conditions and make sure you're not driving 110 in the middle of winter when the 110 speed limit is really designed for optimal road conditions in the summertime."

On Dec. 15, a freezing rain storm caused a number of accidents in the Drumheller area. RCMP Constable Rachel Pergunas said people need to slow down if they're sliding and need to be aware of what other drivers on the road are doing.

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