New Study Ranks Florida 34th for Teen Driving Safety, Reveals Common Causes of Teen Car AccidentsTrusted Content
Legally reviewed by:Erik Abrahamson, J.D. July 28, 2014
A recent study on teen driving issues conducted by WalletHub has ranked Florida as the 34th best state when it comes to all of the issues that teens face behind the wheel
About the Study
WalletHub used a set of 16 main metrics to which states were the most dangerous for teenage drivers. These metrics ranged from total teen driver fatalities and the average costs of vehicle repairs to the types of impaired driving laws that are on the books in each state.
Other Notable Findings
According to the findings from the study, New York, Hawaii and Illinois are the best states for teen drivers, while Nebraska, Mississippi and South Dakota are at the bottom of the list.
The states with the highest percentages of teenagers with driver’s licenses are Kansas, South Dakota and Iowa. New Mexico, Kentucky and Indiana have the highest rates of teen driver fatalities per licensed teen drivers.
Common Risks Facing Teenage Drivers
The safety experts involved in the study also discussed some of the most common causes of
teen car accidents that young drivers need to know about.
- Most young drivers are inexperienced with the many safety risks that can arise on the road that older drivers have learned to anticipate over the years. As a result, they may be less likely to scan the road for possible dangers and slower to react when something unexpected occurs.
- Teen drivers can be more likely to engage in risky behaviors behind the wheel, such as distracted driving, drunk driving and speeding.
- Teens can often overestimate their driving abilities while underestimating certain safety risks.
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