Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers: Are Millennials a Menace on the Road?April 19, 2017
Young drivers in their late teens and early twenties often think that they are invincible and that nothing bad will ever happen to them. This outlook, combined with the need to stay connected with friends via texting, talking on their phone, and keeping up with social media, is why millennials are considered more dangerous behind the wheel than their older, more experienced counterparts. This notion has been reinforced by the results of a recently published AAA survey that suggests millennials are some of the most dangerous drivers on the road today.
Even though many of the millennials surveyed responded that they considered certain behaviors to be unacceptable, like driving while drowsy or texting while driving, a significant percentage admitted to engaging in this behavior anyway. According to the executive director of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, it is critical that this population of drivers understand the potential consequences of this kind of reckless behavior. No one, including millennials, is invincible or incapable of causing serious, possibly fatal wrecks as a result of irresponsible driving habits.
Hazardous Driving Habits of Young Millennials
The AAA survey revealed the following disturbing data regarding dangerous driving behaviors and millennials:
- Eighty-eight percent of drivers between the ages of 19 and 24 engage in hazardous driving habits while driving.
- Approximately 50% admit that they have driven through a red light.
- Close to 90% of drivers admit to speeding and texting while driving.
- Nearly 12% of millennials felt that there is nothing wrong with traveling ten miles per hour over the speed limit in a school zone.
While the AAA survey highlighted millennials and their reputation as hazardous drivers, they are not the only population guilty of putting themselves and others at risk. The report found the following breakdown of drivers by age who engaged in risky behavior like texting, speeding, and running a red light:
- Seventy-nine percent of drivers between the ages of 25 and 39
- Seventy-five percent of drivers between the ages of 40 and 59
- Sixty-seven percent of drivers between the ages of 60 and 74
- Sixty-nine percent of drivers age 75 and older
Clearly, it is not only millennials who are guilty of risky driving habits. It is a problem that the general population must face and take steps to improve. According to a Massachusetts spokesperson for AAA Northeast, driving is probably the most dangerous things we all do almost every day. After factoring in the percentage of drivers who speed, text while driving, drive while drowsy or under the influence of drugs or alcohol, the risk of being involved in a serious car accident increases significantly.
The AAA report brings much needed attention to this important issue and gives parents the opportunity to remind their kids – and themselves – about the serious consequences of engaging in hazardous driving habits.
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