It's that time of year to be careful driving the highways and back roads in this winter wonderland of Alberta.

Weather can change in an instant and unfortunately, you may find yourself stuck on the side of the road, but hopefully, you will be prepared.

Chris Morgan from Newcastle Towing says, "It only takes a matter of five to ten minutes before you're going to feel that cold, sitting in your vehicle."

"The big thing is, to make sure you are prepared before you hit the road," he vocalized.

There are a few towing companies in Drumheller and area that are readily available for 24-hour service and are also open on Christmas Day.

If you come across any sort of flashing lights whether it be police, emergency vehicles or tow trucks, just a reminder to slow down to a safe speed to pass and be aware that these service people on the highway are helping travellers. 

On the other hand, if you do not see flashing lights or first responders, including a tow-truck, feel free to stop and ask if the travellers need help.

A good idea is to have your cell phone fully charged and carry a portable phone charger in case of battery problems with your vehicle.

"Candles, blankets, extra clothes and boots; That kind of stuff in case you do get stuck in a ditch or if something happens to your car and it breaks down on the side of the road."

Morgan also suggested carrying a first aid kit or survival kit with water and food for 24 hours.

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