This week (October 21-27) is National Teen Driver Safety week, which serves as a reminder to all parents, teachers, coaches, and adult mentors to talk to teens about important rules they need to follow to stay safe on the road.
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in the United States, and seat belt use is lowest among the youngest driving population.
However, a recent study did find that New York was the top state in the nation for teen driver safety.
The study was conducted by Wallethub and analyzed the teen-driving environment in each of the 50 states using nearly two dozen key metrics.
In addition to getting the highest overall ranking, New York ranked top five in the following categories:
- Fewest teen driver fatalities per teen population
- Fewest teen DUIs per teen population
- Lowest insurance premium increase after adding a teen driver
- States with at least 5 optimal Graduated Driver License Law provisions
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 2,082 teen drivers involved in fatal motor vehicle crashes nationwide in 2016.
Fifty-eight percent of passengers killed in crashes involving teen drivers were not wearing seat belts.