Originally created 04/09/06

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Folks love to complain about the politics, but everyone's favorite rant seems to be drivers - bad ones in particular. So we flipped through the drivers' manuals from our two states for a quick refresher course.

According to the South Carolina driver's manual, "if you are going more than 80 miles an hour, you have almost no chance of living through a crash."

Georgia has its share of grim statistics. "Your lifetime chances of being in a crash are virtually 100 percent. You have a 50 percent chance of suffering a disabling injury, and one in 50 chances of being killed," its manual states.

Here are some other gleanings from the manuals.

The Palmetto state also advises drivers:

- Slow down in bad weather, around congested areas and at night;

- Mufflers should be seen, but not heard;

- No television allowed within a driver's view;

- Posters, signs and stickers are prohibited on windows and windshields unless permitted or required by law.

Georgia reminds motorists about the hazards of wild and unpredictable animals, such as deer.

- If one or more is seen - deer usually travel in groups - drivers should slow down, blink their headlights and give a few sharp blasts on the horn to scare them away.

The Peach state also advises motorists that:

- Drinkers need time - not food - to sober up. For most people it takes an hour before even one drink wears off;

- Vehicles on the expressway have the right of way;

- Slow drivers or not, it is illegal to weave in and out of traffic;

- Passing is not allowed within 100 feet of an intersection.

Some traffic laws are the same regardless of which side of the Savannah River motorists travel.

- Drivers may turn right on red unless signs prohibit it, but visitors should also know both Georgia and South Carolina allow U-turns in many cases.

- A right-turning motorist may think the way is clear only to be startled by a vehicle or string of vehicles making U-turns at an intersection, thus crowding the road.

- Suspicion of not wearing a seat belt is enough for Georgia and South Carolina officers to stop a motorist.

- If there are no speed signs posted, 30 mph is the default limit in urban and residential areas.

For more information, see South Carolina's manual on the Web at www.scdmvonline.com/forms/DriverManual/Eng_2_General.pdf and Georgia's at www.dds.ga.gov/docs/forms/FullDriversManual.pdf.

Source: Georgia and South Carolina departments of motor vehicles

Events planned for this week:

SUNDAY

SCIENCE OF GOLF: Science of Golf will run through today at Fort Discovery, 1 Seventh St. Attractions include portable putting greens, videos of golf legends and demonstrations on the physics of golf. Admission to the museum is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors 55 and older, active-duty military and children 4-17; children 3 and younger can get in free with a paid adult ticket. The museum's hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Call (706) 821-0200.

TUESDAY

GOLF BALL DISCOUNT: Visitors who take a set of new golf balls to the Woodrow Wilson Boyhood Home during April will receive $1 off the regular admission price. All balls will be donated to First Tee Augusta. The house, at 419 Seventh St., is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Regular admission is $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens and $3 for students. For more information, call 722-9828 or visit www.wilsonboyhood.org.

THE FIREBIRD: Augusta State University's Patchwork Players and Born to Read Literacy Center will present The Firebird at 9, 10 and 11 a.m. at the university's Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre, 2500 Walton Way. Tickets cost $3.50. For more information, call (706) 733-7043.

MARKER DEDICATION: A historic marker dedication will be held at noon at John C. Calhoun Park, at Georgia and Carolina avenues in North Augusta. Officials will unveil a marker celebrating the 100th anniversary of the city's incorporation. A centennial time capsule will be buried. For more information, call (803) 441-4224, or visit www.northaugusta100.com.

SCULPTURE CONTEST: The Southeastern Regional Sculpture Competition will run through April 23 at Aiken County Historical Museum, 433 Newberry St. S.W. The museum is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Call (803) 642-2015 for more information.