Lake County Sheriff\

Sheriff Peyton C. Grinnell

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Sheriff Peyton C. Grinnell is committed to the safety of Lake County's youth and is pleased to offer, in conjunction with the Florida Sheriff's Association, the Teen Driver Challenge. This 9 hour course is taught 8am - 5pm 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 Lake Tech Institute of Public Safety Driving Range in Tavares.

Teens between the ages of 15 - 19 are eligible and MUST have a valid Learner's Permit or Florida Operators License and participants must provide their own car. The Lake County Sheriff's Office 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 Topics
  • Vehicle Dynamics
  • Human Factors
  • Responsibility
  • Liability
  • Drug and Alcohol Use
  • Night Driving
  • Dangers ofTexting and Driving
  • Aggressive Driving and Road Rage
Driving Range Exercises
  • Threshold, ABS, and Emergency Braking
  • Evasive Maneuvers
  • Cornering
  • Backing
  • Forward and Reverse Serpentine
  • Figure 8
  • Off Road Recovery
  • Skid Control

  • Seats are available on a first come first serve basis, and class size is limited. Do not delay, as classes do fill quickly.
  • Registration packet must be completed in full in order to participate in the driving course.
  • Lunch will be provided.


Teen Driver Challenge - Click Here to Register Online
Items needed to complete student registration:
  • Clear copy of student's valid Driver's License
  • Copy of registration of the vehicle used during the class
  • Copy of proof of insurance
  • Complete and have notarized OR witnessed by LCSO employee the Teen Driver Challenge registration packet
All forms must be completed and returned before a student can participate in the driving portion of the class. Completed forms can be brought to the classroom session.

For any questions or further information, please speak to our TDC Point of Contact:

Lake County Sheriff's Office
Teen Driver Challenge

10401 US Highway 441
(Lake Square Mall Office)
Leesburg FL 34788
Phone: 352-326-8108
Fax: 352-343-1347


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 Tavares. 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

There is a $100 fee for students who have been court ordered to complete the course. The fee must be paid prior to completing registration. Payment must be a cashier's check or money order made out to the Lake County Sheriff's Office. There are no refunds for students who fail to show up for their assigned class. Students who fail to attend their assigned class must re-apply for the next available court ordered class and include the $100 fee.

Lake Tech Institute of Public Safety Driving Range
13000 Frankies Rd,
Tavares, FL 32778

Directions to the Range:
From the North; take SR 19 South from US 441 in Tavares. Once you are to the intersection of SR 19 and CR 561, veer left onto CR 561. Go approximately two miles until you see the DMV and Lake County Animal Services building. Frankies Road is your very next right hand turn.

From the South; take CR 561 North from US 27 to Frankies Road and turn left. If you are taking SR 19 go north to CR 448A and turn right. Once you are at the intersection of CR 561, turn right and follow the above directions.

Can students share a vehicle?
- No. Due to safety precautions and time constraints, each student must provide their own vehicle.

What car should my teen use for the course?
- It is highly recommended for students to drive the vehicle they will be using the most after the course. This will allow them to become more familiar with the dynamics and handling of the vehicle through the TDC.

Will this course help lower our insurance?
- It may. Contact your local insurance agent to inquire about possible discounts.

Do parents have to stay for the whole course?
- No, they don't. It is recommended that parents do not stay for the course.

My teenager just got their license. Can they take the course?
- Students are asked to have some driving experience with a parent or other qualified adult before attending this class. This course is not designed for brand new drivers.