Researchers analyzed data to determine vehicle crash death rates in the 50 most populous areas of the United States and compared them to national rates.
Wallet Hub then looked at other safety and financial data to create an in-depth analysis of the best and worst states for teen drivers overall.
“Using 16 key metrics, WalletHub has identified the Best & Worst States for Teen Drivers. We took a close examination of various elements – ranging from the average cost of car repairs and the number of teen drivers in each state to impaired-driving laws and teen driver fatalities. By doing so, we aim to equip parents and other concerned adults with facts that will help them safeguard against unforeseeable events when their teens are on the road. After all, parents are the ones to shoulder both the emotional and financial burdens of their children’s actions,” per WalletHub.
In addition to teen driver fatalities, the report analysed the rate of teen violations for driving under the influence; the number of teen drivers and miles traveled per capita; whether a state has strong traffic laws, including provisions against texting while driving; and factors such as the cost of car repairs and insurance.
2014’s Best States for Teen Drivers
1. New York
5. Rhode Island
2014’s Worst States for Teen Drivers
T-42. South Carolina
50. South Dakota
“The biggest risk for teen drivers is not knowing what they don’t know,” Ruth Shults, a senior epidemiologist at the CDC, said in a statement. “They have not yet developed the unconscious driving behaviors — such as constantly scanning 360 degrees — that alert experienced drivers to potential hazards.”
“Young drivers tend to overestimate their own driving abilities and, at the same time, underestimate the dangers on the road,” Garry Lapidus, an associate professor of pediatrics and public health at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, said in a statement.
With an average of 260 teen deaths resulting from auto accidents during the summer months, this study is helpful for parents of young drivers.
Parents can use this information to take the necessary precautions to ensure the safety of their teens and the health of their wallets in the coming summer months.