Teen Driving Challenge

Next Class is Saturday, December 3, 2022 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.


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About the Class

The Apopka Police Department is committed to the safety of Apopka's youth and is pleased to offer the Teen Driver Challenge

This 9-hour course is taught 8 AM to 5 PM and trains teen drivers how to prevent crashes through defensive driving techniques and evasive maneuvers. The program provides a mixture of classroom instruction and hands-on driver training at the Leroy F. Gilliam Training Center (Located at 321 E. Cleveland Street, Apopka, FL 32703).

Teens between the ages of 15 and 19 are eligible and must have a valid Learner's Permit or Florida Operators License and participants must provide their own car. The Apopka Police Department does not provide cars for this program.

The Teen Driver Challenge is a defensive driving program that covers the following topics and driving exercises:

Classroom TopicsDriving Range Exercises
Vehicle DynamicsThreshold, ABS, and Emergency Braking
Human FactorsEvasive Maneuvers
ResponsibilityCornering
LiabilityBacking
Drug & Alcohol UseForward and Reverse Serpentine
Night DrivingFigure 8
Dangers of Texting and DrivingOff Road Recovery
Aggressive Driving and Road RageSkid Control


General Information

  • Seats are available on a first come first serve basis, and class size is limited. 
  • Registration packet must be completed in full in order to participate in the driving course.
  • Lunch will be provided. If a student has any food allergies they must provide their own lunch.

Registration Information

The Teen Driver Challenge registration can be filled out online. The following items will need to be submitted at time of registration: 

Required Items Include:

If you have any questions or need further information, please speak to our TDC Point of Contact: Sergeant Jason Wiggins.


Course Overview

Students participate in a classroom 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

Students also participate in a driving class at the Driving Range in Apopka. Each student will practice the following exercises to develop defensive driving skills:

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