Jul 29, 2014
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Where is MD on List of Best and Worst States for Teen Drivers?

Which state is the deadliest and which the safest for teen drivers? And how do Maryland's youngest drivers rank?

Where is MD on List of Best and Worst States for Teen Drivers?

Do you worry when your teen is behind the wheel of a car?

While teen drivers have the highest accident rate of any age group, Maryland teens are among the safest on the road.

WalletHub has ranked all 50 states for the best and worst for teen drivers, and Maryland is No. 7 on the list. The rankings are based on factors ranging from the average cost of car repairs and the number of teen drivers in each state to impaired-driving laws and teen driver fatalities.

The best state for teen drivers – New York – also has one of the lowest percentages of teens who drive. The worst state for young drivers is South Dakota

Motor vehicle crashes continue to be the  leading cause of death for people between the ages of 16 and 19 — they have the highest crash rate of any age group, says the Centers for Disease Control.

Wallethub.com looked at 16 different metrics including accidents, insurance premiums, and tickets to figure out which states were the least and most teen driver friendly.

For example, teens in New Jersey face the challenge of having the most costly car repairs in the country. The cheapest place to have your car repaired if you are a teen? Vermont.

"I think the biggest challenge for parents is making sure that the teen's tremendous enthusiasm for driving is tempered by a recognition of the seriousness and dangerousness of the activity," Laurence Steinberg, professor of psychology at Temple University told Wallethub.

Scroll over the map attached to this post to see where every state ranked.

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