Did you know that teen drivers are three times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash as other drivers? The Walton County Sheriff’s Office is committed to the safety of our young drivers and is offering a program called the Teen Driver Challenge. It is a free course designed to help teens boost their driving skills and lessen the chances of being involved in a crash. The program will provide a mixture of classroom instruction and hands-on driver training. The classroom portion will take place on Friday, September 5th at Walton High School, located at 449 Walton Road, Defuniak Springs, in room 20-121 from 5 pm to 9 pm. The driving portion will take place at 8 am on Saturday, September 6th, at the Walton County Fairgrounds located at 790 North Hwy 83, Defuniak Springs. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.
Teens 15-19 are eligible and MUST have a valid Learner’s Permit/Florida Operators License for at least 6 months and participants must provide their own car. A current copy of a driver license, vehicle registration and insurance is required. The class is limited to 12 students and all others will be placed on a waiting list for future classes.
The Teen Driver Challenge is not an advanced driving course. It is a defensive driving program that covers the following topics and driving exercises:
Classroom Topics (4 Hours)
· Vehicle Dynamics
· Human Factors
· Drug and Alcohol Use
· Night Driving
· Aggressive Driving and Road Rage
Driving Range Exercises (8 Hours)
· Threshold, ABS, and Emergency Breaking
· Evasive Maneuvers
· Forward and Reverse Serpentine
· Figure 8
· Off Road Recovery
· Skid Control
The program is backed by the Florida Sheriff’s Association (FSA) and supported by the Sheriff. For more information please contact your student’s School Resource Deputy.