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The Best and Worst States for Teen Drivers

Which state is the deadliest and which the safest for teen drivers?

posted by Brian Slupski

What parts of the country are the worst places to be a teen driver?

Wallethub.com looked at 16 different metrics including accidents, insurance premiums, and tickets to figure out which states were the least and most teen driver friendly.

For example, teens in New Jersey face the challenge of having the most costly car repairs in the country. The cheapest place to have your car repaired if you are a teen? Vermont.

"I think the biggest challenge for parents is making sure that the teen's tremendous enthusiasm for driving is tempered by a recognition of the seriousness and dangerousness of the activity," Laurence Steinberg, professor of psychology at Temple University told Wallethub.

Indiana had the highest teen driver fatalities per licensed drivers in the country. The state also was among the worst states in the country for teen under the influence violations.

The states with the least number of fatalities? Utah, Delaware and the Patch area of Connecticut.

Overall, the kindest state for teens was New York, which ranked 2nd in safe driving conditions, 7th for economic conditions and no. 1 for driving laws. Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland and Washington also made the top 10 and California finished at 11.

New Jersey, despite those high repair bills, still came in at 12 overall in terms of teen friendliness.

The worst state to be a teen driver? South Dakota. It ranked 48th in safety and 50th in driving laws.

Scroll over the map attached to this post to see where your state ranked.
Francis Soyer June 18, 2014 at 08:58 AM
Anyone who has ever been to New York or California knows that these are the last place I would want my teen driving... this article is a joke
tatianna rolf June 18, 2014 at 10:02 AM
Somers Point Shoprite parking lot is the most dangerous place for any drivers AND PEDESTRIANS. The white trash that shop's there don't care if you are walking , they will ride up to you and curse you if YOU don't jump out of their way. Just another sickening fact about south jersey.
Dave Raines June 18, 2014 at 12:06 PM
What a crock! Is "Wallethub.com," whatever the heck that is, trying to tell us that a car repair costs different if you are a teen than if you are older? When you are a state with as few drivers as South Dakota, a difference of just a few crashes or whatever can make a huge difference statistically, but not in real terms. This is a sham "study" in search of a headline in order to get traffic to their website. Shame on Patch for running a story on it.
life time resident June 18, 2014 at 03:57 PM
Dave, it's not that repair costs are higher for teens, but repair affordability is certainly different for teens than it is for adults. Also, your analogy for SD is just plain wrong. If you did even a miniscule amount of research, you would see statistics such as the fatality rate for auto accidents in SD, which is higher than many other states including NJ.

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