New York is 2019’s 2nd best state for teen drivers – WalletHub study

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Getting a driver’s license is considered a rite of passage in American culture. But this exciting coming-of-age has instead become a death sentence for thousands of teens each year. Motor-vehicle accidents continue to be the leading cause of death among the population aged 16 to 19, which also happens to be the age group with the highest risk of crashes.

And the financial implications are staggering. Although 15- to 19-year-olds made up only 6.5% percent of the population in 2016, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, they racked up 8.4% percent of all costs resulting from motor-vehicle injuries. That’s not counting the costs of auto maintenance, insurance premiums, possible traffic citations and other vehicular incidents — expenses that can pile up over time.

To help parents ensure their teens’ safety while also safeguarding their finances, WalletHub analyzed the teen-driving environment in each of the 50 states using a collection of 23 key metrics.

Source: WalletHub

Best States for Teen Drivers

Overall Rank
(1 = Best)
StateTotal Score‘Safety’ Rank‘Economic Environment’ Rank‘Driving Laws’ Rank
1Maryland65.7921715
2New York65.731203
3Massachusetts62.4831934
4Louisiana61.413022
5Texas61.1815416
6Michigan60.9718141
7Minnesota60.5651038
8New Jersey59.7342333
9Illinois59.659246
10Delaware58.9113264
11Connecticut57.5083223
12Florida57.24111143
13Oregon57.1916305
14Iowa57.1920736
15North Carolina57.0329525
16Virginia55.9474230
17Kansas55.59311217
18California54.336498
19Georgia54.13232721
20Arkansas54.0737924
21Maine54.05212925
22Ohio54.00141549
23Vermont53.34103743
24Kentucky53.3238827
25Nevada53.16194022
26Hawaii52.61273420
27Washington52.3312501
28Colorado52.23264110
29Indiana52.15253530
30Wisconsin52.02322130
31Alaska51.99244411
32Oklahoma51.7145317
33South Carolina51.39362228
34Nebraska51.39331445
35Rhode Island51.38174614
36Tennessee51.1634397
37West Virginia50.6141189
38Pennsylvania49.10353339
39Utah48.60224819
40Alabama48.15442513
41Idaho47.54284534
42New Mexico47.44423612
43Mississippi46.2449629
44New Hampshire45.53432840
45North Dakota44.41471342
46Montana43.01404347
47Arizona42.44394737
48Missouri41.62481648
49South Dakota39.24463150
50Wyoming34.67503846

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