Millennials are the worst behaved drivers AAA study shows
Published: February 21, 2017
Updated: July 24, 2018
Author: Luke Jones
CATEGORY: Car Insurance
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety shows that millennials tops lists for the worst drivers in most categories. The study was held amongst U.S. drivers and found 88 percent of millennials have conducted at least one act of risky driving behaviour in the past 30 days.
Because of this statistic, younger generation drivers are the worst behaved in U.S. roads. Some of these driving behaviours include risking a collision and are against the law. For example, running a red light, speeding, and texting while driving.
“Alarmingly, some of the drivers ages 19-24 believe that their dangerous driving behavior is acceptable,” said Dr. David Yang, AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety executive director. “It’s critical that these drivers understand the potentially deadly consequences of engaging in these types of behaviors and that they change their behavior and attitudes in order to reverse the growing number of fatalities on U.S. roads.”
Traffic deaths in the U.S. have been increasing during recent years. In 2015, there were 35,092 deaths on roads in the country. This represented a 7 percent increase year-on-year and was the largest rise in deaths in five decades.
Below is a list of age groups by rank who admit to engaging in bad driving behaviour:
- Drivers ages 19-24: 88.4 percent
- Drivers ages 25-39: 79.2 percent
- Drivers ages 40-59: 75.2 percent
- Drivers ages 16-18: 69.3 percent
- Drivers ages 75+: 69.1 percent
- Drivers ages 60-74: 67.3 percent
Texting While Driving
- Drivers ages 19-24 were 1.6 times as likely as all drivers to report having read a text message or e-mail while driving in the last 30 days (66.1 percent vs. 40.2 percent).
- Drivers ages 19-24 were nearly twice as likely as all drivers to report having typed or sent a text message or e-mail while driving (59.3 percent vs. 31.4 percent).
- Drivers ages 19-24 were 1.4 times as likely as all drivers to report having driven 10 mph over the speed limit on a residential street.
- Nearly 12 percent of drivers ages 19-24 reported feeling that it is acceptable to drive 10 mph over the speed limit in a school zone, compared to less than 5 percent of all drivers.
Red- Light Running
- Nearly 50 percent of drivers ages 19-24 reported driving through a light that had just turned red when they could have stopped safely, compared to 36 percent of all drivers.
- Nearly 14 percent of drivers ages 19-24 reported feeling that it is acceptable to drive through a light that just turned red, when they could have stopped safely, compared to about 6 percent of all drivers.
“Too often we see what can happen as a result of underestimating risk while driving,” said Garrett Townsend, Georgia Public Affairs Director, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “Change starts with our own behavior. We need to set a good example by following speed limits, putting the phone down and fully focusing on the task of driving.”