The Best and Worst States for Teen Drivers: 2016 Study

The Best and Worst States for Teen Drivers: 2016 Study

A study has been released detailing the best and worst states for teen drivers in the U.S.

Conducted by WalletHub, the study analyzes the teen-driving environment in each of the 50 states through a collection of 16 key metrics, ranging from the number of teen driver fatalities to the average cost of car repairs and the presence of impaired driving laws.

For 2016, the safest state for teen drivers is New York, which also topped last year’s list. With an overall score of 74.97, New York also ranked fourth in safety conditions, third in economic environment and fifth in driving laws. Following New York is Oregon (73.61), Illinois (72.45), Delaware (72.13), Hawaii (69.93), Massachusetts (65.91), Washington (65.18), Louisiana (64.80), Rhode Island (63.68) and California (62.92).

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As for the worst states for teen drivers, South Dakota led the list with a score of 23.44. Wyoming scored 26.90 while North Dakota rounds off the top three worst states with a score of 30.92. Montana (31.03), Nebraska (31.38), Missouri (38.01), Idaho (38.30), Wisconsin (41.69), Maine (45.11), Mississippi (45.26) and Oklahoma (45.87) are also among the worst states for teen drivers.

The study also broke down other metrics, for example, Hawaii has the lowest premium increase after adding a teen driver to an insurance policy, while Connecticut had the highest increase. Connecticut, however, is also the state with the fewest teen driver fatalities per teen population, with South Carolina having the highest.

When it comes to the lowest number of teen DUIs per teen population, Alabama led the way while Colorado had the highest. The state of Nebraska has the lowest average cost of car repairs, but drivers in Virginia can expect to have the highest cost.

[Source: WalletHub]

  • smartacus

    Of course NY is up there, they don’t get their licenses till 17 or 18 (depending on location and whether or not you are in school)

    CT parents are getting hosed paying for insurance where the teen driver fatalities are the lowest per capita.

    Colorado parents are not doing a good enough job keeping their kids away from the sauce…but then again, it’s Colorado so no surprise there 🙂