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Even for seasoned snow drivers, these tips can save lives

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Even for the most seasoned snow drivers there's still advice that is easy to overlook.

Our 59News crews rides along with a Driver's Education teacher to find out the tried and true tips on staying safe while out on the roads these next few days.

Shady Spring High School Driver's Ed teacher Vince Culicerto told us even the most confident of snow drivers can benefit from going back to the basics.

Everyone hears "Ya gotta keep it extra slow while on overpasses, bridges and ramps because those freeze first." Culicerto explained why.

"The reason that the overpasses and bridges freeze is because air goes over and under it and the air goes underneath the pavement and that forms a circulation that gets it colder before the actual road does," he said.

Many residents in our area drive a vehicle with 4WD or AWD, but Culicerto said sometimes that can give drivers too much confidence.

"They think since they're in a 4WD they can go anywhere they want to, pass, drive faster than the speed limit, pass the salt trucks. You get a false sense of security in a 4WD and a lot of times those guys get into trouble," he told us.

During perfect driving conditions, you should leave about a 3-5 second following distance between you and the car in front of you. But in perfect weather, you should increase that following distance.

"There's going to be people sliding, stuck, so if you allow yourself a bigger space cushion, that gives you more time to decide what to do when they're coming towards you," said Culicerto.

He also said to be extra cautious right before the biggest brunt of the storm comes because he told us that's when drivers making last minute runs are the most careless.

"Folks like to get out and get their last second errands and appointments done. They'll be really on the edge, and you can tell that by the way folks drive," he said.

While traveling long distances, Culicerto advises drivers to not blast the heat, and to keep the radio on. He said the goal is to stay aware and awake as much as you possibly can.