12/15/2013 03:45 EST | Updated 01/23/2014 01:38 EST

Holiday Road Trip: 12 Things To Know When Preparing For One

family on winter vacation

As the holiday season arrives, many are busy planning road trips to visit family or much-awaited winter getaways.

The highest number of collisions in Alberta last year occurred during December, and RCMP are reminding drivers to be safe and prepare before getting behind the wheel this season.

“Drive Safe. It’s a phrase we hear so often during the holidays. Yet, we often don’t follow the simple steps that can make the difference between a good holiday memory and a sad one. Safety is in all of our hands," said Alberta Transportation Minister Ric McIver.

A few steps can be taken to keep family and friends safe while travelling during this busy time, including ensuring a vehicle is in good working condition and keeping an emergency road kit in the car.

As thousands prepare to take road trips this holiday season, here's what Alberta Transportation says needs to be done before getting on the road:

12 Tips For A Safe Holiday Road Trip