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2017 Classes

Classes are currently being scheduled for the Summer 2017 Teen Driving Challenge.  Due to the popularity of the program, we are going to schedule as many classes as possible.  If the class you want is full, please check back to see if additional dates have been added.

Each session will consist of 2 hours of classroom instruction and 6 hours on the driving range.

Please complete the required forms that can be downloaded further down on this page or available at the sheriffs office in the court house.  These completed documents are required in order to participate in this program.

The following dates are confirmed:

  • June 20th
  • July 27th

Please send inquires to Deputy Ed Whiddon 850-584-4225  TDC@taylorsheriff.org

FSA Teen Driver Challenge Students statement form

FSA Teen Driver Challenge Parent release-Student statement

FSA Teen Driver Challenge Vehicle Owner Statement and Release

FSA Teen Driver Challenge Seat Belt Agreement

FSA Teen Driver Student Information Form

Teen Driver Challenge Logo.

The Taylor County Sheriff’s Office is committed to the safety of the community to include our most precious commodity, our youth.  As a result, a number of programs have been implemented that provide education and training to protect them.  These programs have targeted issues that concern parents, and include “The Teen Driver Challenge”, which is specifically designed for the teen driver.  The Challenge is backed by the Florida Sheriff’s Association and supported by the Leon County Sheriff’s Office.

The Teen Driver Challenge is the result of a committee assembled by the Florida Sheriff’s Association, including law enforcement driving instructors from around the state and the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office.

The committee identified that 25% to 30% of teen drivers will be involved in a crash during the first year of driving. Traffic crashes are the NUMBER ONE CAUSE OF DEATH AMONG TEENS and cause billions of dollars in loss annually.

The Teen Driver Challenge is an effective program providing information and first hand experience. If confronted with emergency situation students who complete this course will have the knowledge and skills to react accordingly and reduce the chance of becoming a statistic.

With those statistics alone it was imperative that the committee address ways to reduce the risk our teens have in driving and build a program to provide instruction by Florida Department of Law Enforcement Certified Driving Instructors.

Visit the Florida Sheriff’s Association Teen Driver Challenge website.

The Teen Driver Challenge is NOT an advanced driving course. It is a DEFENSIVE DRIVING PROGRAM that covers the following topics and driving exercises.

Topics {2 hours – Classroom}

  • Vehicle Dynamics
  • Human Factors
  • Responsibility
  • Liability
  • Drug and Alcohol Use
  • Night Driving
  • Aggressive Driving and Road Rages

Driving Exercises {6 hours – Driving Range}

  • Threshold, ABS, and Emergency Braking
  • Evasive Maneuvers
  • Cornering
  • Backing
  • Forward and Reverse Serpentine
  • Figure 8
  • Off Road Recovery
  • Skid Control

*** Requirements to Attend ***

  • Child must be between the ages of 15-19 (15 years old with a restricted license and at least 6 months of driving or 16 years old with a Drivers License),
  • have a valid Florida Drivers License,
  • have access to a safe vehicle.
  • The vehicle operated must have proof of insurance.
  • Child and Parent must sign a waiver of liability prior to taking this course.