Is Montana the worst state for teen drivers?

Montana’s teen drivers lead the nation in teen driving fatalities; they are also near the top for drunk driving per 100,000 teens and for violating distracted driving or texting while driving laws.

In other words, according to financial website Wallet Hub, Montana is the worst state in the country for teen drivers.

KGVO reached out to Wallet Hub director John Kiernan to get the sad details of the study that was just released on Tuesday.

“We looked at the best and worst states for teen drivers,” Kiernan said. “We looked at all 50 states based on a collection of 23 measures divided into three groups. These were safety, the economic environment and state driving laws. The biggest thing that held Montana back is that Montana placed 50th overall. I know that’s not what people in the state want to hear. This means Montana is the worst state for teenage drivers.

Kiernan said the vast distances teenagers travel in Montana contribute to the dismal safety numbers.

“Montana ranks 49th in the nation in teen driver fatalities per 100,000 teens,” he said. “It’s especially problematic because drivers in the state get a lot of miles per capita, and then the state also ranks in the 40s (45e) in terms of the number of teenage drivers who commit traffic violations while driving under the influence.

Kiernan said many teenagers don’t wear seatbelts, which also drives down safety numbers.

“The state also doesn’t rank highly in terms of the share of teens who always wear seatbelts or the cost of teen automobile fatalities,” he said. “So the overall security component doesn’t look great for the state. That’s partly, I guess, due to a lower population. Some of those per capita numbers don’t turn out also favorable to the state. I think it is also important to note that Montana is not alone in these areas.

Other rural states had similarly low numbers, such as North and South Dakota, Missouri and Wyoming.

Montana’s only bright spot in the study? It’s cheaper to add your teen driver to your own policy in Montana than in almost any other state.

“It’s actually a positive for Montana, the premium for adding the teen driver to a parent’s auto insurance policy, which is much cheaper than the team getting a policy on their own. “, did he declare. “The premium in Montana is much lower than in most other states. Montana therefore ranks second in this regard with only a 39% increase on average. So it’s definitely a good thing for parents to have their teenage drivers on their own policy. They’ll save more money overall, and you’ll be able to keep better tabs on what your teen is doing if they’re on your car insurance policy, too.

The top-ranked states overall were New York, Washington, Illinois, Maryland and Oregon.

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