The South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles wants to help parents prepare their child to take the driver’s license test.
The Parents’ Supervised Driving Program was rolled out earlier this summer and is used in half of the states in the country.
Teaching your child to drive isn’t the easiest thing to do. Marvin Goodly recalled his experiences teaching his son, “You’ll tell them keep your eyes on the road and they’re like I know how to do it and it gets frustrating.”
But the Department of Motor Vehicles is trying to make the process easier. The department is offering a guided manual to parents that teaches the adults what they need to teach the children on the road.
“It’s definitely great for checks and balances. and it lets the DMV know that this individual actually spent time learning how to drive,” added Goodly.
The PSDP is available online as a booklet that’s divided into lessons or you can download the app on your phone. It logs and tracks the new drivers progress.
Father, Johnnie Pitts, says teaching his teenage daughter has been an ongoing challenge. “There’s a lot going on out here on these busy streets. I was just in an accident last weekend, unlicensed driver, uninsured car, totaled my car.. so yea.. it’s great… I commend them,” Pitts said.
New drivers have to complete 40 hours of driving with a supervised adult and complete a driver’s ed course in order to get their license.
Full driving privileges kick in at 17 years old.