It seems the white, fluffy stuff has returned to the valley, and with that comes the reminder of winter driving.

If you are having trouble remembering what to do, Drumheller RCMP has a few tips to jog your memory.

"As soon as the temperature drops to below seven degrees Celsius, it is beneficial to have winter tires because they have a softer rubber compound then all seasons do," advised Constable EricEric DoucetteConstable Eric DoucetteDoucette.

The snow pile up on your car can also pose a threat to you and others. Doucette recommends making sure all the snow has been cleared from your car before driving off to prevent the snow from blocking your view and hitting other cars.

"Make sure when approaching intersections, you give yourself more time to stop. So, if you are coming up to a red light or a stop sign, make sure that you are not waiting to the last second to apply the breaks or you are going to slide through the intersection," continued Doucette.

Up next on the list is the dangers of letting your cars warm up before taking off.

"In the winter, people idle their vehicles to allow them to warm up. It is highly recommended to do so with a remote car starter. If you are one of these people who start your vehicle and leave it running with the keys in it, you are putting yourself in danger of having someone steal it," cautioned Doucette. "I can guarantee that at least a few times this winter, there will be vehicles stolen in the valley for people who do just that."

If you don't have access to a remote car starter Doucette recommends having a second set of car keys to allow yourself to lock your vehicle while it idles.

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