Best and Worst States for Teen Drivers
Car crashes are the leading cause of death among teens today. So it really does matter which states take teen driving seriously--from enacting state laws that protect teenagers to doing whatever is possible to make the roads safer for them.
Allstate Insurance Company ranked all 50 states and the District of Columbia based on a range of driving safety factors specifically affecting young drivers, including accident and road quality statistics, as well as each state's driving and safety laws for everything from seat belts to cell phones.
The states ranked from best to worst for teen drivers:
1. District of Columbia
6. New Jersey
14. New York
15. North Carolina
18. Rhode Island
20. New Hampshire
25. New Mexico
34. South Carolina
44. West Virginia
50. North Dakota
51. South Dakota
- 82 percent of driving teens claim to use cell phones while driving, and 49 percent admit to being extremely distracted by texting and instant messaging while driving.
- 61 percent of teens worry about getting into a car crash.
- 65 percent of teens think of themselves as a good driver who pays attention.
- 81 percent of teens said their parents have the most influence on their driving.
--From the Editors at Netscape