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South CarolinaDriversManual

South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles

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Table of ContentsLetter From The Director ................................................................. 2Introduction To Drivers License .................................................... 7The Rules of The Road ............................................................ 8Classes of Licenses ................................................................. 8Identification Cards ................................................................. 9Beginner Permits ...................................................................... 9Conditional License ............................................................... 10Special Restricted License ..................................................... 11Regular Drivers License ........................................................ 12Newcomers and Non-Residents ............................................ 12The Licensing Procedure ....................................................... 13Medical Conditions ............................................................... 13License Expiration .................................................................. 14Documents You Will Need ..................................................... 15Applicants From Other Countries .......................................... 18Change of Address or Name .................................................. 19Destroyed or Lost License .................................................... 20Motor Voter ........................................................................... 21Fraudulent Documents .......................................................... 21General Information ...................................................................... 23Traffic Safety Rules ............................................................... 24Speed ..................................................................................... 24Speed Limits .......................................................................... 24Stop at Grade Crossings ........................................................ 25Stopped School Bus .............................................................. 26Parking and Leaving A Vehicle .............................................. 28Places You Should Not Park .................................................. 28Entering and Starting a Parked Vehicle .................................. 29The Faster You Go ................................................................. 29The Killing Speed .................................................................. 30Driving Too Slowly ................................................................ 30

DISCLAIMER:The state motor vehicle laws that are mentioned in this book are notreproduced in their entirety and the wording is not identical. Due topossible legislative changes in federal and state law and SCDMV Policy,the information in this manual may not always be current. SCDMVwill make every effort to incorporate any changes as soon as possible.For more information, please visit our website at:www.scdmvonline.com

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Traffic Signs, Signals and Pavement Markings ..................... 31Obey Traffic Officers ............................................................. 32Emergency Vehicles and Scenes ............................................ 32Driving at Night ..................................................................... 32What to Do in Case of an Accident ....................................... 33How to Avoid Accidents ....................................................... 35Driving Emergencies .............................................................. 35Weather Changes Call For Safe Driving ................................ 38Winter Driving Techniques ................................................... 39Driving in Fog ........................................................................ 39Driving in Smoke ................................................................... 40Flooded Roads ...................................................................... 40Know Your Vehicle ................................................................ 41Illegal Equipment ................................................................... 43Safety Belts Save Lives ......................................................... 44Child Restraint ....................................................................... 44Sharing the Road ................................................................... 45Littering is Against the Law ................................................... 53Driving Tips for Mature Drivers ............................................ 54Drugs and Driving ................................................................. 55Keeping Your License ............................................................ 57Driving Under the Influence .................................................. 64Insurance and Financial Responsibility ................................. 66Cars: The Road Test ..................................................................... 69What the Examination Involves ............................................. 70Road Test .............................................................................. 70Steering a Vehicle .................................................................. 72Manual Transmission ............................................................ 75Turning Your Vehicle ............................................................. 77When to Use Your Horn ........................................................ 83Signals for Stops, Lane Changes and Turns ......................... 83Stopping ................................................................................ 84Following Other Cars ............................................................. 85Parking ................................................................................... 86Yielding Right of Way ........................................................... 87Important Lane Passing Skills ................................................ 88Interstate Driving .................................................................. 94Tips for Interstate Driving ..................................................... 98Primary Highway Driving ...................................................... 98Secondary Road Driving ....................................................... 98Proper Method of Braking ..................................................... 99Trucks and Recreational Vehicles.................................................... 101Truck Class Licenses ........................................................... 102The Licensing Procedures ................................................... 103Driving Requirements .......................................................... 103

Proper Driving Techniques .................................................. 105Routine Truck Driving Tasks ............................................... 111Hooking Up/Unhooking Requirements ............................... 120Specific Maneuvers Required During the Test .................... 121Motorcycles ............................................................................... 131How to Get a License/Permit ................................................ 132Getting to Know Your Motorcycle ...................................... 132Preparing to Ride: Protective Clothing ................................ 135You Have Chosen a Motorcycle .......................................... 137Motorcycle Safety ............................................................... 139Seeing and Being Seen ........................................................ 139How to Avoid Trouble ......................................................... 142Handling Hazards and Dangerous Surfaces ........................ 147Motorcycling Laws and Information ................................... 151Motorcycle with Sidecar Skills Test ..................................... 159Mopeds. ..................................................................................... 165Moped Riding in South Carolina ......................................... 166What is a Moped? ............................................................... 166Moped Equipment ............................................................... 167The Moped Operator ........................................................... 167Obtaining a Moped License ................................................ 167Special Regulations ............................................................. 168Safety .................................................................................. 169Traffic Signs, Signals, and Markings .......................................... 171Regulatory Signs ................................................................. 172Warning Signs ..................................................................... 176Guide Signs ......................................................................... 181Route Markers ..................................................................... 183Pavement Markings ............................................................. 186Signals ................................................................................. 191Finding Your Local DMV ............................................................ 1955

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Each section of this manual is color coded for easy reference. Color barscan be found above the page number on each page.Introduction To Drivers License ......................................... LIGHT BLUEGeneral Information ........................................................................... GRAYCars: The Road Test ............................................................................. BLUETrucks ...............................................................

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