Teen Driver Challenge

The Manatee County Sheriff's Office is presenting a Teen Driver Challenge Class on Thursday, June 11th and Saturday, June 13th.  2015.

The students will be required to use their own vehicle during the training.

Thursday 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm Classroom @ Manatee County Sheriff's Office Operations Center
Saturday 8 am - 5 pm Driving Pad (To be determined)
Contact # Training Center number 941-747-3011 ext. 2706 or 2707

The Teen Driver Challenge consists of two training days totaling twelve hours. The first day includes a four block of instruction in the classroom, while the second day is an eight hour block on the driving pad. Participants must attend both classroom and driving pad instruction to successfully complete the course.

The classroom block will cover topics related to:

  • 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 $8000.00 Drink
  • Aggressive Driving
  • Driving Exercises

The driving pad block of instruction will consist of the following exercises:

  • Backing
  • Braking
  • Cornering
  • Evasive Lane Change
  • Figure 8
  • Forward Serpentine
  • Off Road Recovery
  • Reverse Serpentine

The class will be instructed by MCSO Driving Instructors.

There is no cost to participate in the class. However you must be a Manatee County resident

How to enroll:

  • Click on the link FSA Teen Driver Challenge Required Forms and print.
  • Completely fill out and notarize forms.
  • Attach a copy of participants driver's license or learner's permit
  • Attach a copy of valid insurance and vehicle registration
  • Attach a copy of owner of vehicle driver's license
  • MAIL TO:

Manatee County Sheriff's Office
Attn: Deputy Sandy Hotwagner
600 US Hwy 301 Blvd West
Bradenton Fl 34205

For more information, please contact Deputy Sandy Hotwagner @ 747-3011 ext. 2706 or 2707

To open the form you will need to have Adobe reader installed on your computer. This is free software and can be obtained by following this link;

You will receive an email confirmation reserving your seat in the class once required documents are approved.  

Sept 2009 Class Photos