New research suggests that Millennials are likely to have the worst habits when they’re behind the wheel. A study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, indicated that a vast majority of them committed at least one risky or dangerous action driving in the previous 30 days. AAA is a nonprofit research and education organization based in the US.
Their research sampled 2,511 drivers from age 16. Of those surveyed, one might think that teenagers had the riskiest habits, being new to the road and being the most inexperienced. As it turns out, however, those aged 19-24 turned up the most instances of dangerous behavior with their hands on a steering wheel, at 88%. This included texting while driving, speeding above limits, and running red lights.
Texting while driving was the biggest offense; drivers from this age group are 1.6 times more likely than other age groups to have a read a text while driving. Elderly drivers aged 60-74 were considered the safest drivers, though 67.3% still admitted to such risky behavior.
Number Of Crashes On The Rise
If those who participated in such risky behavior didn’t think it was so bad, the numbers suggest otherwise. As reported by Forbes, 2015 saw 35,092 traffic-related deaths in the US. That was a 7% increase from the 2014 numbers, the biggest year-on-year spike of fatalities in fifty years.
Another report suggested that 2016 saw at least 40,000 deaths – marking 2014-16 with the most dramatic two-year jump since 1964.
“Our complacency is killing us,” Deborah AP Hersman, president of the National Safety Council, said. “The US lags the rest of the developed world, in addressing highway fatalities. We know what needs to be done; we just haven’t done it.”
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— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) February 15, 2017
Davdi Yang of AAA has a similar sentiment: “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 US Roads.”
The Millennial Trend – According To Everyone Else
The Millennial generation has become something of a point of criticism in recent years. A report by Time which called the young adults the “Me Me Me” Generation, was part of a wave clarifying the habits distinguishing Millennials.
Driving habits aside, some reports have suggested that – whether as a result of modern technology and social media trends, or parenting reasons – Millennials carry plenty of bad habits into the workplace as well. A viral talk featuring Simon Sinek exacerbated that in late 2016.
Meanwhile, other reports are suggesting that Millennials carry distinctive traits that also make them great examples of the workforce.