With teens obtaining driver’s licenses during the summer more than any other season and an average of 250 auto-related teen deaths every month during the same period, the
leading personal finance website WalletHub followed up on its analysis of 2015's Safest States to Live In with an in-depth look at the Best & Worst States for Teen Drivers.
We compared the driving conditions for teens in the 50 U.S. states based on 16 key metrics. The data is broken down into categories that examine the safety conditions, economic environment and driving laws of each state.
|Best States for Teen Drivers||Worst States for Teen Drivers|
|10||New Jersey||50||South Dakota|
- There are 11 times more teen driver fatalities per 100,000 teens in North Dakota than in Connecticut.
- The percentage of major roads that are in poor condition is 10 times higher in California than in Nebraska.
- The increase in auto insurance premium after adding a teen driver to a policy is seven times higher in New Hampshire than in Hawaii.
- The number of vehicle miles traveled per capita is two times higher in Wyoming than in New York.
- Alabama, Arizona, Mississippi, Nebraska and South Dakota are the states that lack most of the optimal teen driver’s Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) provisions, each with two or fewer of the seven provisions.