Greg Voelkel passes his drivers test and feels more confident in his driving skills in bad weather.
Lance Corporal David Jones says people should be more careful when driving on dangerous road conditions
By: Jamaal Simmons
When it comes to wintry weather in South Carolina, it usually means bad road conditions. Wednesday night, the South Carolina Department of Public Safety received over 400 calls and reports 242 accidents on state highways in 12 hours. Highway Patrol Lance Corporal David Jones says that it's important for people to prepare for bad weather while driving.
"If you're following somebody, you should make a distance between you and the other vehicle, and if you encounter icy roads or black ice, never slam your breaks," says Jones.
Greg Voelkel is a sophomore at Dreher High School who just took his driver's training to make sure that he's ready for icy roads. He says that he's feels much better after school.
"I'm a lot more confident. I probably wouldn't have driven in that kind of condition before this but now I feel like I could I really needed to," says Voelkel.
Mitchell Oates is Voelkel's driving instructor who says teaching students on the road is the best way to learn how to drive in slick conditions.
"The better I can prepare him in bad weather, the safer he's going to be in the future," said Oates.
Oates teaches his students about driving in the snow, heavy rain and he even talks about road rage. He also welcomes unfavorable road conditions to use as a teaching tool.
In the end, Voelkel passed his drivers test and is prepared for whatever weather conditions come his way.