Study Reveals the Best States for Teen Drivers. Sorry, South Dakota
Statistics show that, as a whole, teen drivers are unsafe, and could easily saddle you with a huge repair bill.
So, what’s the best state to live in if you’re planning to hand your keys to someone aged 15 to 24? A new study by WalletHub maps it out, ranking each state based on three categories — safety conditions, driving laws and economic environment.
The categories contain a total of 16 metrics. When combined, New York emerges with the best score — 74.97 on a one-to-100 scale.
However, because the score is an average, a top-ranked state might not be great in one of the three categories. Delaware, that east coast playground loved by tax-averse residents and Joe Biden, ranks fourth on the list, but places first for safety and 44th for economy (meaning the cost of traffic offenses and repairs).
South Dakota put itself on the map by coming in dead last. The Mount Rushmore State ranked 47th for safety, 37th for cost, and 50th for driving laws, meaning it’s not a bad place for childless, reasonably well-off Libertarians.
WalletHub notes that motor vehicle accidents are still the leading cause of death for people aged 16 to 19, with the “young person” age group (15-24) soaking up almost a third of costs related to accidents. Their study also breaks the rankings down into individual factors, such as teen DUIs, number of fatalities, lowest cost of adding a teen driver to your insurance policy, etc.
Statistics like these could make parents think twice about handing over the keys to the Odyssey on a Friday night, especially in South Dakota.
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