A new study shows Millennial Drivers prove to be unsafe for roads.
There known as generation Y, the children of baby-boomers, the “Echo Boomers.” In a recent report from AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, Millennial Drivers–or young adult drivers ages 19-39, are now being dubbed some of the most unsafe drivers on the road. The statistics are staggering and undeniable.
The numbers speak for themselves
The report states that “88% of young millennials engaged in at least one risky behavior behind the wheel in the past 30 days…” These risky behaviors included texting while driving, running red lights and speeding. What is obvious about this generation is how connected they are digitally. However, it is also resulting in more distracted drivers on the road. In this era of “smart technology,” in-car infotainment systems have made it possible to use connect devices for use while driving. There were several other dangerous driving behaviors that have factored into this study.
The findings from the survey of 2,511 drivers from August 25 – September 6 reported:
• The total of traffic deaths increased 7% to 35,092 in 2015. This is noted as being the largest increase in a single year since almost 50 years ago.
• Millennials actually acknowledged that they had sent a text or email while driving
• Nearly half of Millennials admitted running red lights at times they could have stopped safely
• Almost 12% of Millennials thought it was acceptable to drive 10mph over the posted speed limit in a school zone
• 2.5% of drivers also admitted to driving within an hour of using alcohol or marijuana
AAA Foundation’s executive director, David Yang says “Alarmingly, some of the drivers ages 19 to 24 believe that their dangerous behavior is acceptable.” He continues in the report, “Its 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.” This report comes as a bit of a shock to some, but definitely a warning to all to practice safer driving habits.