A new study finds that millennial drivers are the worst behaved drivers in the nation. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that 88% of drivers aged 19 to 24 engage in risky driving behavior on the road.
These dangerous behaviors include texting while driving, speeding, and red-light running—all of which increase a driver’s crash risk.
Distracted driving is a growing epidemic in the United States. Preliminary estimates from the NHTSA found that traffic fatalities were up 8% in the first nine months of 2016. This report only adds to the evidence that traffic deaths are increasing because of unsafe driving behavior, not because there are more drivers traveling on the roads.
Furthermore, the report found that young drivers are not the only drivers engaging in dangerous driving behavior. Over 79% of drivers aged 25 to 39 admitted to unsafe driving behaviors, as did 75% of drivers aged 40 to 59.
That said, millennials were nearly twice as likely to report having sent or typed a text message or email while driving, compared to all other drivers. Over 69% of teenagers aged 16 to 18 admitted to unsafe driving behavior. While that percentage is not much less than millennial drivers, it is still surprising considering that teens are usually stereotyped as the worst motorists on the roads.
Drivers need to put their phones down and focus on the task at hand. Lives are at stake, and unfortunately, this study show just how predominant unsafe driving behavior is. Last fall, the U.S. DOT, National Safety Council and the NHTSA announced a “Road to Zero” Coalition to end all roadway fatalities by 2046. By any account, this report shows there is a lot of work to be done in the next thirty years.
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