Young Millennials Are Worst Behaved Drivers, New Research Reveals

Lynne Hanson
February 19, 2017

Tom Iverson, public information officer with the North Dakota Highway Patrol, said young drivers always have been the most prone to engaging in risky behavior.

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety recently shared a survey looking into risky driving behaviors and found that millennial motorists were the most unsafe behind the wheel.

"Alarmingly, some of the drivers ages 19-24 believe that their risky driving behavior is acceptable", said Dr. David Yang, AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety executive director.

Lindsay Hawkins, from AAA of Western and Central New York, says 19 to 24 year-olds top the list of the worst behaved drivers in a recent survey.

The findings by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety come as USA traffic deaths increased to 35,092 in 2015 - an increase of more than 7 percent and the largest single-year increase in five decades.

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The survey results are part of the foundation's annual Traffic Safety Culture Index, which identifies attitudes and behaviors related to traffic safety.

Read or send a text message while driving. The youngest respondents also were 1.4 times as likely as all respondents to have driven more than 10 miles per hour over the speed limit on a residential street, the survey said. Averaging out the numbers, across the ages almost 75% of drivers have engaged in speeding, red light running or texting behind the wheel in the past 30 days.

No less than 88.4 percent of these "young millennials" admitted to having been guilty of texting while driving, running a red light and/or speeding during the past 30 days.

"It's surprising that the young millennial drivers are the ones taking the most chances".

Another data point that raised the foundation's eyebrows in the report: Some 83 percent of drivers believe that they drive somewhat or much more carefully than other drivers, "which indicates that many drivers overestimate how carefully they drive".

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