South Carolina's Director of Insurance Ray Farmer has asked drivers to follow several simple safety rules to protect themselves and the other drivers on the highways of South Carolina.
“While there are many of us sharing the road, we alone have the power to control our own actions," Farmer said. "This responsibility requires us to make good choices when getting behind the wheel as our decisions impact not only our individual lives but all those around us.”
He advised drivers to avoid cell phone use, which is involved in 64 percent of all accidents; follow traffic laws, including the speed limit; avoid multitasking; and don't drink and drive.
By driving safely, drivers can reduce the cost of their insurance.
"As we are in the midst of the holiday season, make the personal decision starting now to be a better and safer driver," Farmer said. "South Carolina is counting on you."
South Carolina is ranked third behind Texas and Louisiana for the most accidents per mile traveled in the U.S. The Palmetto State was ranked first in the fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles traveled, with 946 dead on South Carolina highways so far in 2016. It also ranked seventh in the speeding and careless driving categories.