Are Young Millennials the Worst Behaved Drivers?

AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has conducted a study to determine who the worst drivers in the United States are. Unfortunately, while millennials were rated the worst drivers, risky behavior was found to be alarmingly prevalent across all age groups.

Details of the AAA Traffic Study

Typically, one would suspect that young drivers that are the worst on the road. A report released Wednesday suggest otherwise.

The new report states that nearly 90% of young millennials between ages 19 and 24 have engaged in at least one risky behavior within the last month, bypassing new drivers as the worst drivers on the road.

While other age groups have admitted to engaging in dangerous behavior behind the wheel, young millennials are by far the worst.

Risky Driving Behavior Statistics

According to researchers:

  • 79% of drivers between ages 25-39 admitted to texting while driving
  • 75% of drivers ranging from 45-59 admitted to texting while driving
  • 88% of millennials ranging from age 19-24 admitted to speeding, running a red light, and texting while driving
Millennials in Comparison to Other Age Groups

According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety study millennials are:

  • Twice as likely to speed in a school zone
  • 4 times as likely to drive 10 mph over the speed limit in a residential area
  • Twice as likely to type, send a text, or email while driving
  • About half of millennials have driven through a red light in comparison to 36% of all other drivers
Other Alarming Findings of the Study

Dr. David Yang, the foundation’s executive director stated: “Alarmingly, some of the drivers ages 19-24 believe that their dangerous driving behavior is acceptable.”

Yang continued by stating, “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.”

According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, there were more than more than 35,000 traffic deaths in 2015, this was a 7% increase over 2014. This was the largest increase within a year over the past 50 years.

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