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Report shows where California ranks among best and worst states for teen drivers

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Posted at 2:54 PM, Jun 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-27 20:42:17-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- A new WalletHub report shows where California ranks among best and worst states for teen drivers.

According to the site, summer is the busiest time of year for teens obtaining their driver’s licenses.

Overall, California took the 18th spot on the list right behind Kansas, however, California didn’t do quite as well in some other categories.

California roads ranked on the list as the 48th worst in the nation while the state took the 36th spot for premium increases after adding a teen driver to a policy.

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The Golden State also ranks 47th when it comes to the average cost of car repairs.

California placed first on the list when it comes to state regulations like the presence of occupant-protection laws and the presence of distracted driving laws.

The state also took the 13th spot for teen driver fatalities per teen population.

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To determine the safest and least safest places in the US for teenagers, WalletHub compared 50 states based on 23 metrics including the number of teen driver fatalities and average cost of repairs.

If you're teaching your teen to drive, AAA has some tips on what to do.

  • Practice driving with your teen in the neighborhood where their test will be and on the freeway
  • Demonstrate good driving behavior
  • Put away cell phones before driving

The California DMV has a list of resources for preparing your teen to get a state driver's license. Click here for more information.