Older generations always tend to discredit the capacities of younger generations, mostly how they’re not as hard working or focused as they were. Millennial have taken the brunt of the criticism, some cases being more justified than others. Now, researchers have found that millennial drivers are rightfully criticized for their skills, as they top the worst behaved drivers list.
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety conducted a new study which shows that around 88 percent of all drivers with ages between 19 to 24-years old acknowledge the fact that they are more likely to engage in high-risk behavior while behind the wheel such as texting, speeding, or running a red light.
The study involved a survey of 2,511 drivers questioned from August 25 to September 6 by a market research firm called GfK. The study shows that the millennial drivers stated that they text while driving at a near double rate than other drivers from other age groups. The rate of texting and driving for millennial drivers was 59.3 percent compared to 31.4 percent of the closest age group.
Furthermore, almost half of all millennial drivers said that they have run a red light despite having enough time to stop in time, compared to the average of 36 percent of other groups. Almost 12 percent of all millennials stated that they found it acceptable to drive with 10mph over the speed limit in a school zone compared to 5 percent of all other drivers.
To make matters worse, the study found that some of the millennial drivers showed very little concern in addressing their behavior, stating that they believe their dangerous driving is acceptable. This study sheds some light on a previous report which found that the number of death from traffic accidents increased by 7 percent from the earlier year to a total of 35,092. This was the largest increase in five decades.
The study also found that drivers tend to be inconsistent. While most condemned dangerous behavior behind the wheel, some of them still engaged in it, without making attempts to correct it. Hopefully, autonomous cars will solve most of these issues.
What do you think about the study’s findings? Are you a millennial driver?
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