SJSO

ST. JOHNS COUNTY

SHERIFF'S OFFICE

ROBERT A. HARDWICK, SHERIFF

"SERVE WITH EXCELLENCE"

The Florida Sheriffs Association Teen Driver Challenge is a free advanced driving class designed to help St. Johns County high school students become safer, more confident drivers. This one-day class is taught by certified Law Enforcement driving instructors, and involves exposing the teen drivers to many different situations they may encounter while driving on the open roads.

This challenging defensive driving class is conducted on a safe, closed driving range. The instructors give the teen drivers the hands-on experience needed if they find themselves in a situation while driving that requires quick decision making and action being taken. Areas covered include proper braking, negotiating a figure 8 (steering), forward and reverse serpentine, cornering, intersection backing, evasive maneuvering, off-road recovery, and skid recovery. Participants use their own family vehicles for the majority of exercises, and are given instruction on how to conduct a basic vehicle safety check before driving.

The Teen Driver Challenge is an advanced driving class. Applicants are required to be at least 15 years old and possess a valid, state-issued Learner’s License or Driver’s License. In addition, applicants should already have basic driving knowledge and abilities, with enough practical driving experience to feel comfortable behind the wheel.  

The Teen Driver Challenge will be running on the below dates this summer, rain or shine. Classes have limited availability, so reserve your spot early. Reserving a seat and turning in all necessary paperwork in a timely manner is essential. Classes will be from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM. Students can be dropped off as early as 8:30 AM and will need to bring their lunch.  All classes will be at the Emergency Communications and Training Center at 911 Law Enforcement Way, St. Augustine, FL 32092 and will start in the classroom and transitioning to the driving track. Students should bring a bag lunch and drink to class; we do not leave until the end of the day. Parents dropping their students off with a vehicle should have a “pick up ride” arranged beforehand – they may not remain on-site during the classroom or driving sessions of the Teen Driver Challenge.

Upcoming Classes

Turn in applications ASAP! Space is limited, so please reserve your seat now!

Fall Dates

September 20, 2024

September 28, 2024 (Saturday)

October 14, 2024

November 2, 2024 (Saturday)

November 25, 2024

November 26, 2024

Spring Dates

January 2, 2025

January 3, 2025

January 25, 2025 (Saturday)

February 14, 2025

March 8, 2025 (Saturday)

March 17, 2025

March 18, 2025

April 18, 2025

To reserve a seat for an upcoming Teen Driver Challenge class, please e-mail your contact information to: teendriver@sjso.org. You can also learn more about the program by downloading our Teen Driver Challenge postcard.

Course Forms