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Guess Who Are America's Worst Drivers? The Millennial

16 February 2017, 7:29 am EST By Samantha Dean Tech Times
A survey conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, shows that millennials are America's worst drivers. It highlights several dangerous acts that they engage in while driving like clicking selfies or replying to a text, which leads to accidents.  ( Sam Greenhalgh | Flickr )

Reckless driving has been a matter of concern since ages as accidents and other road mishaps do not merely endanger the driver, but pose a risk to others as well. Thousands of deaths are recorded each year due to unsafe driving practices.

The AAA Foundation For Traffic Safety conducted a survey recently where it classified drivers based on their age group. This was done to see if a particular group was more reckless than the others.

The survey showed that the millennials or the age group 19 to 24 years were the most reckless among all the groups followed by the 25-39 years age bracket.

Results Of The Survey

Per the survey from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, around 88.4 percent of the millennials have been recorded to have performed at least one risky act behind the wheel. These behaviors include texting, clicking selfies, jumping a red light and speeding.

According to Dr. David Yang, the executive director of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, few of the drivers, aged between 19 year to 24 years, consider reckless or dangerous driving to be normal and acceptable.

These findings come at a time when it is being reported that U.S. death toll from traffic-related incidents have increased by more than 7 percent since 2015.

What The Survey Reflected

In the context of speeding, millennials were 1.4 times more likely to have speeded 10 mph over the permissible limit in residential areas.

By comparison less than 5 percent of drivers from other age groups thought such behaviour was acceptable.

Moreover, millennials were 1.6 times more likely to have read an e-mail or text message while driving in the past month. They were also two times more likely to have sent an e-mail or text while driving.

Nearly half of the drivers in the 19 to 24 age bracket also admitted to have jumped signals when it turned red instead of halting. By comparison, only 36 percent other drivers admitted to the same. Alarmingly, 14 percent millennials thought this behaviour was acceptable.

However, millennials are not alone as the survey also shared that those between ages 40 to 59 and those over 75, were also reported to be reckless in their driving attitudes.

It is not as if the millennials do not know the regulations for driving but they choose to ignore these rules.

"Alarmingly, some of the drivers ages 19-24 believe that their dangerous driving behavior is acceptable. 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", said Yang.

Photo: Sam Greenhalgh | Flickr

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