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Take the Teen Driver Challenge
Presented by The Volusia County Sheriff's Office & 
The Florida Sheriff's Association

The Volusia County 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 Volusia County Sheriff's Office 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. Anyone seeking more information or an enrollment packet can call the Sheriff’s Office Training Section at (386) 239-6522.

The following information applies to the Teen Driving Challenge:

  • Class size is limited to 15
  • Seats are available on a first come first serve basis
  • The registration packet must be completed in full
  • Lunch will be provided

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 County Sheriff's Office Driving Range, in DeLand. Each student will practice the following exercises to develop defensive driving skills:

  • Figure 8
  • Threshold Breaking
  • Forward Serpentine
  • Reverse Serpentine
  • Cornering 
  • Off Road Recovery
  • Skid Recovery

Classes are held at the
Volusia County Sheriff's Office Driving Range
2564 W. New York Avenue
DeLand, FL 32720

Dates: (Rain or Shine)

2018 Schedule: 

  • ​Saturday, February 10
  • Saturday, March 10
  • Saturday, April 14
  • Saturday, May 12
  • Saturday, June 9
  • Friday, July 13
  • Saturday, August 11
  • Saturday, September 8
  • Saturday, October 13
  • Saturday, November 10
  • ​Saturday, December 8

Times for the above 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 to Vicki Held before the student will be enrolled in a class.  The forms should be mailed to theVCSO Training Center, 3901 Tiger Bay Road,  Daytona Beach, Florida  32124. The student will be contacted to verify enrollment once the application forms are received.

Volusia County Sheriff's Office

Administrative offices: West Volusia 386-736-5961 Daytona Beach 386-254-4689 New Smyrna Beach 386-423-3352

Non-emergency dispatch numbers: DeLand 386-943-8276 Daytona Beach 386-239-8276 New Smyrna Beach 386-409-8276 Osteen 407-323-0151