Best and Worst US States for Teenage Drivers?

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Find Out Where Your State Ranks

Auto accidents are the leading cause of death for teenagers in the United States—16- to 19-year-olds have the highest crash rate of any age group. Teens from coast to coast are at risk, but specific factors in some states make driving in these regions particularly dangerous for young people. A new report uses traffic statistics as well as safety and financial data to identify the best and worst states for teen drivers.

The report analyzed 16 key metrics in order to rank each state. These factors included the number of teen driver fatalities, the rate of teen violations for driving under the influence, as well as the amount of teen drivers in each state and how many miles each driver typically traveled. The report also considered the severity of each state's traffic laws and whether states had provisions against texting while driving.

Overall, the report ranked these states as the worst for teen drivers:

  • 50. South Dakota
  • 49. Mississippi
  • 48. Nebraska
  • 47. Oklahoma
  • 46. Wyoming

These states ranked best overall:

  • 1. New York
  • 2. Hawaii
  • 3. Illinois
  • 4. Oregon
  • 5. Rhode Island

Pennsylvania came in at number 35 in the overall rankings—it ranked 20th for Safety Conditions, 48th for the Economic Environment, and 24th for Driving Laws. Find the official report here. Or, use this interactive map to see how your state ranks:


Questions About Teen Driving?

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Sources: “Best and worst states for teenage drivers.” June 18, 2014.
“2014’s Best and Worst States for Teen Drivers.” June 18, 2014.