School is almost over and the summer is about to start and for a lot of parents that means that your teens are on the road more! Parents who worry about their children aren't alone in those feelings. WalletHub states that there are 226 auto-related teen deaths occurring every month and according to the CDC, motor-vehicle accidents are still the leading cause of death for persons 16 to 19, which is also the group with the highest risk of crashes.

To try and ease parents concerns, WalletHub has study each state and put together "2017's Best & Worst States for Teen Drivers." Obviously, this will only calm some parents anxieties but it will also give them an idea what their state offers and or lacks in when it comes to teenage drivers. WalletHub analysts compared all 50 states using the same metrics to determine the ranking. "The data set ranges from number of teen driver fatalities to average cost of car repairs to presence of impaired-driving laws."

So which state is the safest for teen drivers? New York.

Turns out New York ranked above average on almost all of the key metrics used in this study and that is great news for parents and teen drivers alike.

Teenage Driving in New York (1=Best; 25=Avg.):

  • 2nd – Teen Driver Fatalities per Teen Population
  • 5th – Teen DUIs per Teen Population
  • 22nd – Avg. Cost of Car Repairs
  • 1st – Presence of Distracted-Driving/Texting-While-Driving Laws
  • 2nd – Premium Increase After Adding Teen Driver to Parent’s Policy
  • 1st – Provision of Teen Driver’s Graduated Licensing Program Laws
  • 1st – Vehicle Miles Traveled per Capita
  • 5th – Presence of Occupant-Protection Laws
  • 1st – Presence of Impaired-Driving Laws

How did the other states rank after New York? Here is the Top Ten list!

See the full study from WalletHub and find out where New York ranks in things like "Premium Increase After Adding A Teen Driver to a Policy", "Teen Driver Fatalities per Teen Population", "Number of Teen DUIs", and "Average Cost of Car Repairs".

If you live in New York state you can breathe a partial sigh of relief that your state is in good standing when it comes to teen driving. While these may not completely ease the mind of a parent with a teen driver it can be used as good reference information.

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