About Us

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death and injury for teenagers. Teen drivers are far more likely than other drivers to be involved in fatal crashes because they lack driving experience and tend to take greater risks. The safeTEEN Driving Academy is a unique safety program that incorporates behind-the-wheel training with a variety of outdoor demonstrations and activities. There are no “DO-OVERS” when mistakes are made while driving so we have to do better before they happen. The safeTEEN Driving Academy is a four-hour program that provides behind-the-wheel training on essential driving maneuvers, focus on taking responsibility as a driver, maintain control in driving situations and peer pressure. This hands on program will also provide behind the scenes and Q & A with MEDIC/EMS onsite, interactions activities with local police and/or certified instructors, and a highly interactive classroom session on information to develop teens into safe, independent defensive drivers for a lifetime with an expert instructor. Teens must at least have their learner’s permit to participate.

The safeTEEN Driving Academy engages teen drivers in:

✔ Behind-the-Wheel Training

✔Classroom Training

✔Small group safety demonstrations and activities

✔Driver Observation Assessment

✔Traffic Laws and Safe Driving Practices

✔Final Exam with immediate review

✔Certificate of Completion

In Charlotte

young drivers will be evaluated and challenged with other activities and demonstrations on distracted driving, speed management, vehicle inspection, following distance, managing intersections, and responding to emergency vehicles.

In Raleigh

instructors utilize our Driver Observation Assessment as they evaluate driving skills and attitudes on local streets in a Council vehicle. Our safety professionals will grade students (A, B, C, D) in their ability to safely operate a motor vehicle.

The safeTEEN Driving Academy

began in May 2014, but the Safety and Health Council of North Carolina has been active in traffic safety education since 1960. The Council is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit association accredited as the State Chapter of the National Safety Council.


Ed Austin

safeTEEN Driving Academy Instructor

Steve Davis, Driving Instructor

Mike Dial

safeTEEN Driving Academy Instructor

Kevin Brim

safeTEEN Driving Academy Instructor

David Horne, Driving Instructor


David Horne

safeTEEN Driving Academy Instructor

Steve Davis

safeTEEN Driving Academy Instructor

Safety and Health Council of North Carolina


Safety and Health Council of North Carolina
2709 Water Ridge Parkway, Suite 120
Charlotte, NC 28217, US
P: (704) 644-4200
3739 National Drive - Cumberland Building, Suite 125
Raleigh, NC 27612, US
P: (919) 719-9800
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