More teens obtain their driver’s licenses during the summer than any other season, which means their parents’ auto expenses also rise accordingly. The personal finance social media network WalletHub decided to follow up on its analysis of 2014's Safest States to Live In with an in-depth analysis of the Best & Worst States for Teen Drivers. With an average of 260 teen deaths resulting from auto accidents during the summer months, this study is especially timely for parents of young drivers.
New Jersey came in 12th as the best place for teen drivers.
They compared the driving conditions for teens in the 50 U.S. states based on 16 key metrics. The data is broken down into categories that examine the safety conditions, economic environment and driving laws of each state. By doing so, parents and responsible guardians can take the necessary precautions to ensure the safety of their teens and the health of their wallets in the coming months. Below is a brief overview of the findings.
Based on these findings, the Garden State does well when it comes to education for teens when it comes to distracted driving,but does not back up ticketing teens for those driving drunk. Here are some of the results.
Teen Driving Conditions in New Jersey (1=best)
10th – Teen Driver Fatalities per Licensed Teen Drivers
30th – Number of Teen “Under the Influence” Traffic Violations per Licensed Teen Drivers
12th – Impaired Driving Laws
1st – Distracted-Driving/Texting-While-Driving Laws