Millennials: Safe Drivers?
When asked to name the most dangerous drivers who put other people on the road at risk, most people would answer teenage drivers and the elderly. However, studies have shown that the age group known as “millennials” are the most dangerous drivers as a whole. The reason? Millennials make the roads more dangerous because they engage in distracting behaviors while they are driving.
Texting, running a red light, and speeding are some of the activities that can make driving more dangerous. A study showed that 88 percent of drivers who are between the ages of 19 and 24 have engaged in at least one of these dangerous behaviors within the past 30 days — as have 79 percent of drivers who are between the ages of 25 and 39.
Studies have shown that millennials are 1.6 times more likely to read a text message or email while driving. They are twice as likely to type a message while driving or to speed in a school zone. Additionally, half of millennials have stated that they have run a red light.
Some Millennials Lack Guilt
Not only are millennials, as a group, engaging in dangerous behaviors, but many of them think that it is acceptable to engage in those behaviors. Twelve percent of millennials believe that it is safe to speed in a school zone. Additionally, many millennials have stated that they believe that they are good drivers — despite the fact that they engage in dangerous behavior while they are driving.
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