In South Carolina, persons at least 15 years old but not over 16 can be given the privilege to drive through the conditional driver’s license provided by the Department of Motor Vehicles.
The law requires that before young drivers are issued their conditional licenses, they must first pass a driver’s education course and should have held a beginner’s permit for at least 180 days. The candidates should also pass road tests, attended driving school for at least the required minimum hours of attendance and satisfied all other requirements that will be asked by the department. They should also cover at least 40 hours of actual driving practice with 10 hours allotted for driving in the darkness supervised by a licensed parent or guardian.
Yet this type of provision has been a cause of concern for the National Center for Health Statistics as more and more 15- to 20-year-old individuals are dying due to vehicular accidents. It has been noted that the lack of experience by these drivers is the main reason why they don’t have good responses to emergency situations that have ultimately claimed their lives.
This is why it has been emphasized that the role of parents and adults is very important in molding responsible and skillful drivers. Aside from the basics of reminding young divers to always wear their seat belts, to never answer phone calls while driving, and to stay calm when behind the wheels, the need to establish and effectively implement family rules while driving is also very vital to avoid crashes.
Rules with regards to alcohol and drugs use will have to be on top of the list. Parents need to be serious and consistent in implementing driving limitations such as never allowing any type of alcohol or drugs inside the vehicle while in motion or not, and that no one should take the wheel if intoxicated. There should never be any distraction when kids drive to keep their safety on the road as well as the safety of other drivers they meet.