UNION COUNTY — The Union County Driving Academy has been named the Driving School of the Year for 2016 by the South Carolina Driver and Traffic Safety Education Association.
At its annual meeting at the DMV office in Blythewood this past November, South Carolina Driver and Traffic Safety Education Association President David Smith presented Union County Driving Academy Owner/Operator Tom Adamo with the Driving School of the Year Award for 2016.
“This is a very special award to receive,” Adamo said, thanking the students who have attended the academy and their parents. “Knowing there are hundreds of private schools in the state, I know this award would not be possible if it was not for all the students and especially the parents who have prepared them for this privilege of being issued a license.”
Adamo said that in teaching young drivers, he always stresses to them the importance of driving defensively and not driving while impaired by alcohol and/or drugs.
“Driving is probably the most dangerous thing new drivers and experienced drivers will do on a daily basis,” Adamo said. “I stress to them to be aware of the other driver, Always Drive Defensively, along with not using drugs or alcohol while driving.”
Adamo said he also stresses the dangers of “Distracted Driving.”
“Did you know over 80 percent of collisions and crashes are due to Distracted Driving?” Adamo asked. “That means that Distracted Driving just does not have to happen. It is a choice.”
Adamo also pointed out that when it comes to driving, South Carolina is second in the nation, a distinction that he says it should not want.
“Did you know South Carolina ranks number two in the U.S. in driving?” Adamo asked. “Sounds great, doesn’t it? But we are actually the second worst in the U.S. due to traffic/seat belt violations and fatalities due to DUI.”
Adamo also discussed the Union County Driving Academy itself, pointing out that it is “locally owned and operated,” meaning that the money spent by those who undertake its program “stays in Union County.” He also pointed that “I am a proud sponsor of some great organizations” including Union County Athletics, Ladies of Iris, Miracle League, and Relay for Life as well as supporting other fundraisers.
In discussing the Union County Driving Academy, Adamo pointed out that the program it offers includes “Third Party Testing” which enables participants to undertake the required tests to get their licenses without having to take them at the DMV.
“I have just been certified by the DMV to do Third Party Testing,” Adamo said. “That means you do not have to take your test at the DMV. I can administer the Road Skills Test and also I will be able to give the knowledge test or permit test for those who have difficulty reading.
“The cost of the program is $225 with Third Party Testing included,” he said “That is, as far as I know, the lowest price in the state. We can work out payment plans if needed.”
Adamo concluded by saying that “if you have not taken the drivers education program and you are a licensed driver between the ages of 17-24, it’s not too late to receive a certificate to help lower your insurance costs. Contact your insurance company to see how much you could save, then contact me for details at 864-426-7826.”
The Union County Driving Academy is located at 196 Times Boulevard, Union, in the same building as Kingsmore Construction.
This story courtesy of Tom Adamo of the Union County Driving Academy.