They’ve been blamed for everything from the decline of the golf industry to plummeting fabric softener sales. Now, millennials have earned the title of America’s Worst Drivers.
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety recently shared a survey looking into risky driving behaviors and found that millennial motorists were the most dangerous behind the wheel. From speeding to texting while driving and running red lights, drivers between the ages of 19 and 24 were the guiltiest.
“Eighty-eight percent of young millennials engaged in at least one risky behavior behind the wheel in the past 30 days, earning the top spot of worst behaved U.S. drivers,” the report says.
“These findings come as U.S. traffic deaths rose to 35,092 in 2015, an increase of more than seven percent, the largest single-year increase in five decades.”
Almost 50 percent of young millennial drivers said they had run a red light compared to 36 percent of all motorists. But it was their attitude toward speeding that particularly shocked the researchers.
“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 five percent of all drivers,” according to the report.
“Alarmingly, some of the drivers ages 19-24 believe that their dangerous driving behavior is acceptable,” said David Yang, executive director of AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.
“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.”
Of course, as is typically the case when millennials get pinned for any number of the world’s problems, this demographic is far from the only one indulging in risky behaviors behind the wheel. Drivers between the ages of 40 and 59 and those over the age of 75 also took part in driving faux pas, with levels above 60 percent.