According to a new report from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, 88 percent of young millennials engage in risky behavior behind the wheel.
Why does this matter to you? Well…you likely either have Millennial Children OR you’re a Millennial Parent!
The study determined that the Millennials have engaged in at least one risky behavior behind the wheel in the past 30 days, earning them the top spot of worst behaved U.S. drivers.
In a press release officials explain that these dangerous behaviors range from red-light running, speeding and texting while driving. All significantly increase the risk of a crash.
The new findings come on the heals of statistics that suggest U.S. traffic deaths increased to 35,092 in 2015, an increase of more than 7 percent.
That’s the largest singe-year increase in five decades.
Even more alarming is that the study found some drivers ages 19-24 believe their dangerous driving behavior is acceptable. This is according to Dr. David Yang, AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety executive director.
He goes on to say: “It’s 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.”
Below are the official findings of the study as they were released by AAA:
By rank and by age group, the percentage of drivers who reported engaging in speeding, red light running or texting behind the wheel in the past 30 days include:
- Drivers ages 19-24: 88.4 percent
- Drivers ages 25-39: 79.2 percent
- Drivers ages 40-59: 75.2 percent
- Drivers ages 16-18: 69.3 percent
- Drivers ages 75+: 69.1 percent
- Drivers ages 60-74: 67.3 percent
Texting While Driving
- Drivers ages 19-24 were 1.6 times as likely as all drivers to report having read a text message or e-mail while driving in the last 30 days (66.1 percent vs. 40.2 percent).
- Drivers ages 19-24 were nearly twice as likely as all drivers to report having typed or sent a text message or e-mail while driving (59.3 percent vs. 31.4 percent).
- Drivers ages 19-24 were 1.4 times as likely as all drivers to report having driven 10 mph over the speed limit on a residential street.
- Nearly 12 percent of drivers ages 19-24 reported feeling that it is acceptable to drive 10 mph over the speed limit in a school zone, compared to less than 5 percent of all drivers.
Red- Light Running
- Nearly 50 percent of drivers ages 19-24 reported driving through a light that had just turned red when they could have stopped safely, compared to 36 percent of all drivers.
- Nearly 14 percent of drivers ages 19-24 reported feeling that it is acceptable to drive through a light that just turned red, when they could have stopped safely, compared to about 6 percent of all drivers.