Hillsborough County
David Gee, Sheriff
Tampa, FL
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    Release Number: 11-415

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • December 9, 2011
    • Contact Person:
    • Larry McKinnon : lmckinno@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813/247-8094

    Teen Driver Challenge

    Sheriff David Gee is pleased to offer a comprehensive driving safety program for teen drivers.
    • Saturday
    • December 10, 2011
    • Time: 9:00 AM
    • Walter C. Heinrich Practical Training Site
    • 14603 State Road 39
    • Lithia, FL

    Teen Driver Challenge:

    Sheriff David Gee is pleased to offer a comprehensive driving safety program for teen drivers. The Teen Driver Challenge is a defensive driving and vehicle control program designed for teenage drivers. The two-day program is designed to provide young drivers with the knowledge and understanding of vehicle dynamics and human kinetics, the forces created by an automobile and the effects of the forces on the human body.

    Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for those ages 15 to 20 across the nation. Safety on the roadways is a priority of Sheriff Gee and he is committed to helping our youth get off to the best start behind the wheel.

    The Teen Driver Challenge is an effective program at reaching teens, modifying their attitudes and creating all around better teenage drivers. So what can we do to help ensure that our kids live long enough to gain the experience necessary to become a good driver? We provide a training program that prepares them for emergency situations they may encounter everyday on our roadways & highways. We believe that we can reduce the chances of your child becoming a highway statistic through this defensive vehicle control program.

    The driving experience will be held on December 10, 2011 beginning at 9:00 am, at the Walter C. Heinrich Practical Training Site at 14603 State Road 39 in Lithia.


    Training Exercises:
     

    Eight basic skills, actions and/or techniques of driving are identified as areas that teens need experience or training to safely operate a motor vehicle. Steering, acceleration, deceleration, backing and off road recovery are some of the tasks addressed in this program. Training exercises used in this program have been adopted from the law enforcement-training manual that is approved by the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission. Student drivers must complete the following exercises:

    Training Exercises:

    1. Evasive Maneuvers
    2. Threshold / Emergency Braking
    3. Cornering
    4. Backing
    5. Off Road Recovery
    6. Forward Serpentine
    7. Reverse Serpentine
    8. Figure 8

    All classes are conducted under the direct supervision of certified high liability driving instructors. Instructors ride with each student and students move to the next exercise only after the instructor feels the student has demonstrated a reasonable degree of skill.
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