It's a day you spend years waiting anxiously for: The day you finally get your license. It's not just some piece of plastic with a photo you'll laugh at 10 years down the road -- it's a ticket to freedom.
But the cost of that freedom is getting higher and higher each year. According to a new study by WalletHub, car accidents are the leading cause of death for 16- to 19-year-olds — and they have the highest crash rate of any age group. An average of 260 teens are killed in car accidents each month -- and that number is only climbing.
In its study, WalletHub ranked the best and worst states for teen drivers, based on statistics in three key categories: safety conditions, economic environment and driving laws.
So, how does your state stack up? See the list below:
1. South Dakota
8. (Tie) South Carolina
8. (Tie) Missouri
11. North Dakota