South Dakota Ranked Worst State For Teen Drivers

Last Updated by Nate Wek on
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According to Richie Bernardo with WalletHub, South Dakota is the worst state in the nation for teen drivers. In this study, Bernardo looked at the “Teen Driver’s Graduated Driver Licensing Program Laws,” or GDL, to determine the rankings. 

Included in the GDL provisions are: minimum age 16 for a learning permit, 6-month holding period, 30-50 hours of supervised driving, nighttime driving restriction, passenger restriction, cell phone restriction, and age 18 for unrestricted license.

South Dakota only holds two of these seven GDL provisions.

Also included in Bernardo’s study, South Dakota is also ranked 48 in “Most Teen Driving Fatalities,” and ranked last for “Highest Number of Teen DUI’s.”

50-State Teen Driver Rankings

RankState"Safety Conditions" Rank "Economic Environment" Rank "Driving Laws" Rank
1New York326
2Oregon2233
3Massachusetts12825
4Hawaii4515
5Delaware7392
6Illinois8324
7Connecticut64224
8Nevada10629
9Rhode Island94513
10New Jersey121123
11Washington18311
12California112616
13Louisiana19155
14Maryland14728
15Alaska21197
16Virginia143321
17Utah134718
18Georgia19439
19Ohio54145
20North Carolina26812
21West Virginia25299
22Texas171435
23Michigan27134
24Tennessee33187
25New Mexico34320
26Florida141741
27Indiana224416
28Minnesota243827
29Colorado371318
30South Carolina342914
31New Hampshire284626
32Alabama302731
33Kansas421011
34Pennsylvania312137
35Kentucky363730
36Wisconsin381532
37Vermont224844
38Arizona293543
39Iowa323440
40Arkansas393632
41Idaho412536
42Maine464922
43Mississippi40449
44Oklahoma46939
45Nebraska432047
46Missouri442245
47Wyoming455042
48North Dakota504038
49Montana492448
50South Dakota481250

 

To see more information about the study conducted by WalletHub, click here.

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