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Car Insurance for South Carolina Drivers

The charming state of South Carolina offers many reasons to take a road trip. Whether taking a road trip to Charleston, or vacationing on Myrtle Beach, it’s important to have high quality car insurance protection to keep you and your family secure on South Carolina’s roadways.
The AARP® Auto Insurance Program from The Hartford has been protecting South Carolina AARP members and their families since 1984, and has earned a reputation for integrity and trust. South Carolina drivers can rely on The Hartford’s car insurance to be there when it’s needed most – that’s why our customers rate us highly for our car insurance claim service.

Car Insurance Benefits Offered to South Carolina Drivers

South Carolina drivers could receive valuable car insurance benefits from the AARP Auto Insurance Program from The Hartford, including:
  • 12-month Rate Protection
  • Lifetime Renewability
  • New Car Replacement§§
  • Accident Forgiveness
  • Disappearing Deductible
  • 24/7 Claim Service

Required Car Insurance Coverages in South Carolina

South Carolina state law requires liability car insurance at the following minimum limits2:
  • $25,000 for bodily injury, per person per accident.
  • $50,000 for bodily injury, total per accident.
  • $25,000 for property damage per accident.

Proof of Car Insurance in South Carolina

South Carolina state law requires you to furnish a copy of your car insurance ID card if requested by a police officer or other party if involved in an accident. That’s why it’s a good idea to keep a copy of your ID card in the vehicle with your registration.

South Carolina Uninsured Driver Facts

According to a 2012 Insurance Research Council report, 9.4 percent of South Carolina drivers are uninsured. This is below the national average of 12.6%.3
Uninsured/underinsured motorist car insurance coverage can help with your medical bills if you’re in an accident caused by an uninsured driver or a driver who does not have adequate car insurance coverage. In South Carolina, your uninsured/underinsured motorist car insurance coverage must have the following minimum coverage amounts2:
  • $25,000 per person
  • $50,000 per accident
  • 25,000 for property damage

Additional Car Insurance Coverages Available to South Carolina Drivers

For added protection, South Carolina drivers may also be eligible for the following coverages from the AARP Auto Insurance Program from The Hartford:
  • Comprehensive
  • Collision
  • Roadside Assistance
  • Rental Reimbursement
  • Medical Payments

Staying Safe on South Carolina Roads

As you travel through South Carolina, there are a number of safe driving laws meant to protect you on South Carolina’s highways and byways. Here are just a few4:

South Carolina Seat Belt Laws:

South Carolina is one of 34 states that have a primary seat belt law – which means that law enforcement can ticket a driver or passenger for not wearing a seat belt without any other traffic violation.

South Carolina Distracted Driving Laws:

South Carolina has a number of laws in place to discourage distracted driving:
  • All drivers in South Carolina are not allowed to use hand-held cell phones.
  • Texting while driving is banned in the State of South Carolina.

South Carolina Teen Driver Laws:

Getting a driver’s license is a rite of passage for all teenagers, and South Carolina wants to be sure they stay safe in the process! South Carolina has implemented graduated licensing laws to ensure that teenagers gain the experience and maturity that’s required to be safe behind the wheel. Graduated licensing laws limit nighttime driving, restrict teen passengers and ensure an adequate amount of supervised driving practice.
§ Availability of RecoverCare benefit and benefit levels vary by state. The Hartford RecoverCare Advantage® is a registered mark of The Hartford.
If you are age 50 or older, once you’re insured through this Program for at least 60 days, you cannot be refused renewal as long as applicable premiums are paid when due. Also, you and other customary drivers of your vehicles must retain valid licenses, remain physically and mentally capable of operating an automobile (not applicable in MA), have no convictions for driving while intoxicated and must not have obtained your policy through material misrepresentation. Benefit currently not available in HI, MI, NH, NC and TX.
§§ Limitations apply.
First Accident Forgiveness and the Disappearing Deductible, are only available with the Advantage Plus package. A policy without these benefits is also available. (Call for details.) To qualify for the Accident Forgiveness benefit in most states, all drivers on the policy must have a clean driving record (no accidents or violations) for five consecutive years. First Accident Forgiveness and Disappearing Deductible are not available to CA policyholders. To qualify for the Disappearing Collision Deductible benefit in most states, all drivers on the policy must have a clean driving record for three consecutive years. NY drivers are not eligible for the complete disappearance of the deductible, although it will be reduced to a minimum of $100. The Advantage Plus package option, the Disappearing Deductible benefit and the Accident Forgiveness benefit are not available in all states.
‡‡ One Deductible applies for any Home policy (Home Advantage or not) if Auto policy is also insured with The Hartford and includes the Advantage Plus package coverage.
Additional disclosures below.
AARP and its affiliates are not insurers. Paid endorsement. The Hartford pays royalty fees to AARP for the use of its intellectual property. These fees are used for the general purposes of AARP. AARP membership is required for Program eligibility in most states.

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1 In Texas, the Auto Program is underwritten by Southern County Mutual Insurance Company through Hartford Fire General Agency. Hartford Fire Insurance Company and its affiliates are not financially responsible for insurance products underwritten and issued by Southern County Mutual Insurance Company. The Home Program is underwritten by Trumbull Insurance Company.