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Teen Driver Challenge

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Take the Teen Driver Challenge

Presented by the Volusia Sheriff's Office the Florida Sheriff's Association

The Volusia Sheriff's Office in conjunction with the Florida Sheriff's Association offers a program designed to train teenage drivers to avoid deadly traffic crashes through a variety of advanced driving skills. The course, called the Teen Driving Challenge, is an 8-hour course that trains teens how to prevent crashes through defensive driving techniques and evasive maneuvers. The course goes well beyond the basics of automobile operations, teaching young drivers life-saving skills such as the proper way to safely maneuver corners, brake during emergencies and recover from a skid.

The Teen Driving Challenge provides a mixture of classroom instruction and hands-on driver training at the Sheriff’s Office’s driving track in DeLand.

There is no charge for the course and the student must have their regular Class E driver's license. Participants must provide their own car.

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The following information applies to the Teen Driving Challenge:

  • Class size is limited to 10
  • Seats are available on a first come first serve basis
  • The registration packet must be completed in full
  • Bring your own lunch!

The Classroom

Students participate in a two-hour session that will cover the following topics:

  • Teen Crash Facts
  • Knowing Your Vehicle
  • Use Common "Senses" When Driving
  • Belt Yourself, It Won't Hurt
  • Vehicle Dynamics
  • Safe Driving Can be Habit Forming
  • Alcohol, the $8,000 Drink
  • Aggressive Driving
  • Driving Exercises

The Driving Range

Students participate in a 6 hour driving class at Volusia Sheriff's Office Driving Range, in DeLand. Each student will practice the following exercises to develop defensive driving skills:

Mustang driving around cones
  • Figure 8
  • Threshold Breaking
  • Forward Serpentine
  • Reverse Serpentine
  • Cornering
  • Off Road Recovery
  • Skid Recovery

Location:

Volusia Sheriff's Office Driving Range
2564 W. New York Avenue
DeLand, FL 32720

Dates: (Rain or Shine)

2023 Schedule:

  • Saturday, March 25
  • Saturday, May 13
  • Saturday, July 1
  • Saturday, Nov. 4

Times for all dates:

8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Note: Since the EVOC Driving Track is an open area, each student is encouraged to bring the following sun/heat protection items:

  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Water or Sports Drink

Registration Information:

Items you will need to complete your registration:

All forms must be returned before the student will be enrolled in a class. The forms should be mailed to the VSO Training Center, 3901 Tiger Bay Road, Daytona Beach, FL, 32124. The student will be contacted to verify enrollment once the application forms are received. Questions? Email Training@volusiasheriff.gov.

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