AR among worst states for teen drivers

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)- Arkansas is one of the worst states for teen drivers, according to a new report by the personal finance Web site WalletHub.

Most teenagers spend summer vacation practicing their driving skills but where you live could have more of an impact than you think.

Arkansas ranks 45th, one of the worst states for teen drivers.

The ranking is based off a number of factors: the rate of teen violations for driving under the influence, the number of teen drivers and miles traveled per capita, whether a state has strong traffic laws and the cost of car repairs and insurance.

Most teens rush to get their license but 18-year-old Dylan Hold said he wanted to keep practicing until he felt ready. Region 8 News was at the testing facility when Dylan took the wheel.

"I'm feeling nervous but I think I can do it," he said. He said he had been practicing his driving skills for nearly 2 months.

"I started out on gravel roads out in the country you know no traffic," Dylan explained. "I just gradually worked my way up to straight highways."

Ron Holt waited anxiously in the parking lot for his son to complete his test.

"I'm nervous, apprehensive but also relieved because it gives him freedom where we don't have to chauffeur him everywhere," he said.

Dylan passed his driving test.

Ron Holt was a Driver's Education teacher for 30 years. He said he worries about his son being on the road alone.

"You can only control what happens to you 50% of the time, you can't control the other vehicles but he's very level headed so I think he'll be fine," Ron Holt said. "It's not all about knowing everything in the book, it's common sense."

According to AAA, about 260 teens are killed each month during the summer on the road.

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