Handing over the car keys to a new, young driver is momentous, but as a parent, it’s also downright terrifying. While you can’t control the factors your newly-driving kids will face behind the wheel, it can be helpful to know just how well your community ranks when it comes to safety on the road. Thankfully, a new study has revealed the best states for teen drivers.

Finance website WalletHub recently collected and analyzed teen driving environment data for every state. Using 23 key metrics, researchers were able to rank each state in safety for the youngest (and most accident-prone) drivers on the road. The website’s research methods looked at both the risk of fatalities and incidents while DUI (driving under the influence), as well as the costs associated with insuring teenagers and repairing vehicle damage.

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According to WalletHub’s findings, the five safest states overall for teen drivers are:

  1. New York
  2. Washington
  3. Maryland
  4. Illinois
  5. Delaware

However, when it came to just the fewest fatalities for teen drivers, Vermont took the top spot, followed by Rhode Island, New York, Massachusetts and New Jersey.

The worst-faring states when it comes to safety for young drivers were:

  • Nebraska
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • South Dakota
  • Wyoming

For the ranking list of all 50 states and to see where yours might fall, check out the full teen driver safety report at WalletHub.

—Shahrzad Warkentin

Featured photo: JESHOOTS.com from Pexels

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