Indian River County Sheriff’s Office Teen Driver Challenge

Teen Driver Challenge
Teen Driver Challenge

The Indian River County Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with the Florida Sheriff’s Association has spaces available for their March 20th, April 24th, and May 15th classes. Class sizes are limited to 10 students.

The Teen Driver Challenge is not a supplemental or advanced driving course. It is a defensive driving program that covers:

  • Teen crash facts
  • Knowing your vehicle
  • Using your senses
  • Vehicle dynamics
  • Drug and alcohol use
  • Aggressive driving and road rage
  • Figure 8
  • Threshold/Emergency Braking
  • Backing
  • Cornering
  • Forward and reverse serpentine
  • Off-road recovery
  • Evasive maneuvers
  • Skid control

Who can Attend?

The Florida Sheriffs Association’s Teen Driver Challenge Program is open to participants who are 15 to 19 years old, and those who possess a learner’s permit must have at least six months of driving experience. 

Indian River County Sheriff’s Office will not provide vehicles for this program. So, participants will be required to use the automobile they usually operate during the driving exercises. 

Prior to any vehicle being allowed to be driven for the program, the instructor and student will inspect the vehicle to ensure that it meets safety standards.

How to Register

Registration forms can be located on the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office webpage or stop by the Sheriff’s Office Booth at IRC Firefighters Fair on Saturday, March 13th, from 4:00 pm -7:00 pm, in the AG Center building. 

They will be providing information about the Teen Driver Challenge program, registration forms and be there to answer your questions. Registration is not complete until the agency coordinator has received all documents.

Spaces available in the upcoming classes:

  • March 20, 2021 – 3 spaces
  • April 24, 2021 – 5 spaces
  • May 15, 2021 – 8 spaces

COVID Precautions

Face coverings will be mandatory for all participants, and temperatures will be taken upon arrival.

About the Florida Sheriffs Association’s Teen Driver Challenge

The Teen Driver Challenge (TDC) was created in 2007 to address the primary factors affecting teen drivers – speeding, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, texting while driving, and distracted driving. 

It is offered at no cost to teen drivers in 39 counties across the state and led by sheriffs’ deputies licensed as commercial driving school instructors. Each year more than 2,000 students participate in a TDC course, with the demand for course participation often outweighing availability. 

For more information about this program, contact Deputy Michael Snowhill by calling (772) 321-9400 or email.

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