Young Millennials Top List of Worst-Behaved Drivers
Younger millennials are topping the list of worst-behaved drivers, based on a recent study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.
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The study reported that 88 percent of young millennials engaged in one or more risky behaviors while driving in the previous 30 days. These activities include:
- Texting while driving
- Running red lights
Those between the ages of 19 and 24 were 1.6 times more likely to engage in texting while driving compared to all drivers. They were also 1.4 times more likely to speed.
Although young millennials most often engage in risky driving behaviors, they are not the only age group that does so.
The study also noted that 10 percent of those between ages 60 and 74 admit to texting and driving or sending emails while driving. In addition, more than 37 percent of those surveyed who are over 75 years old noted that they drove through a red light that had just turned red (either deliberately or inadvertently).
AAA expressed surprise that drivers in this age range were engaging in these behaviors because they are generally considered safer drivers.
The percentage of drivers in each age group who are likely to speed, run red lights or text while driving include:
- 88.4 percent of 19 to 24-year-old drivers
- 79.2 percent of 25 to 39-year-old drivers
- 75.2 percent of 40 to 59-year-old drivers
- 69.3 percent of 16 to 18-year-old drivers
- 69.1 percent of drivers age 75 and older
- 67.3 percent of 60 to 74-year-old drivers
These statistics are particularly disturbing given the fact that traffic deaths in the United States rose to 35,092 in 2015, which is a seven percent increase from 2014. This increase is the highest single-year increase in the past 50 years.