Younger drivers often get a bad reputation on the roads. As it turns out, the newest drivers aren’t necessarily even the worst. It’s the cohort just a few years older that reportedly has the worst driving habits.
That’s according to a new study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, which revealed 88 percent of young millennials (between the ages of 19 and 24) had engaged in at least one risky behavior at one point in the last 30 days.
These are dangerous behaviors, and include red-light running, texting while driving and speeding – all of which exponentially increases the odds of a crash.
Our car accident attorneys in North Carolina know it was only a few weeks ago a North Carolina 19-year-old was killed in a head-on collision with tractor-trailer on N.C. Highway 258. WNCN-CBS reported the young woman was in a Jeep Cherokee around 3:30 p.m. when she crossed the center line and struck the tractor-trailer head-on. Authorities do not believe speed or alcohol played a role in the crash, but have not yet commented on whether distraction may have been a factor.
Distraction is usually one of the first things traffic homicide investigators will analyze in cases when a driver (particularly one who is younger) inexplicably crosses the center line.
The latest AAA Foundation study findings come just as federal officials report traffic deaths increased by a stunning 7 percent to nearly 35,100 – the largest single-year increase in five decades.
Researchers reached their conclusions about the “worst driver” ranking by surveying samples of these groups anonymously and asking them whether they had engaged in perilous behind-the-wheel behaviors in the last month.
Although drivers 19 to 24 responded with the highest rates of poor driving behaviors, drivers 25 to 39 and 49 to 59 weren’t much better, with between 75 percent and 79 percent responding they had engaged in these dangerous behaviors in the last month.
The next ranking group were drivers 16 to 18, who are often classified as “the worst.” This study shows that simply isn’t true.
It should be noted that the youngest drivers and oldest drivers were nearly tied, with 69.3 percent of the youngest drivers saying they engaged in risky behaviors, compared to 69.1 percent of drivers over age 75.
When it came to texting while driving, motorists between the ages of 19 and 24 were 1.6 times as likely as all other drivers to do so in the past 30 days.
As far as speeding, these drivers were 1.4 times as likely as all other drivers to report driving 10 mph or more on a residential street. Almost as bad was the fact that almost 12 percent of drivers in this cohort responded that driving 10 mph over the speed limit in a school zone was perfectly find, compared to 5 percent of all drivers.
One of the scariest statistics dealt with red light running. Almost 50 percent of these younger millennial drivers say they ran through a red light that had just turned red, even though they knew they could have stopped safely.
The survey was comprised of a sample of 2,500 licensed drivers 16 and older. The results are part of the organization’s annual Traffic Safety Culture Index.
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Young Millennials Top List of Worst Behaved Drivers, Press Release, AAA
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