Young millennials are the worst drivers on the road says AAA

(Mandi Wright/Detroit Free Press/MCT)

Young millennial drivers are the worst behaved drivers on the road according to a new report from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

The survey found that 88 percent of young millennials (drivers age 19-24) engaged in at least one risky behavior behind the wheel in the past 30 days including texting while driving, running red lights and speeding.

“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 Dr. David Yang, AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety executive director, in a statement.

U.S. traffic deaths increased more than 7 percent last year (for a total 35,092 deaths), the largest single-year increase in five decades. It’s not much of a surprise that the youngest drivers are the most dangerous. Experience counts for something, but other generations are doing much better.

Among drivers ages 25-39, 79 percent reported engaging in the same bad driving behaviors in the past month. Even among the oldest segment of drivers, those ages 75 plus, almost 70 percent said they had engaged in speeding, running a red light or texting while driving in the last 30 days. Drivers ages 60-74 proved the most responsible with only 67 percent having participated in bad driving behaviors in the same time period.

Still, drivers 19-24 are the big risk takers and are almost twice as likely as all driver to type or send a text message or email while driving. They are more likely than all divers to dive 10 mph over the speed limit in residential areas and they are more likely than drivers of other ages to think it is acceptable to drive through a light that has just turned red.

“Too often we see what can happen as a result of underestimating risk while driving,” said Garrett Townsend, Georgia Public Affairs Director, AAA – The Auto Club Group in a statement. “Change starts with our own behavior.  We need to set a good example by following speed limits, putting the phone down and fully focusing on the task of driving.”


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Alex Barrella
Alex Barrella

The worst drivers are the kind that inflict harm on others via they wreckless flying death machine.

also those who don't signal

-those who speed (towards red lights no less).

-those who don't leave space for merging.

And there's a special place in my heart for the people who day in day out make the same 'mistake' and "oh I actually want to turn right here from this left turn only this has nothing to do with the line of cars waiting to turn right/my own selfishness, no no".


Dr. Yang must have leap-frogged right over the 19-24 y.o. recklessness window where thanatos rules. Of course he did! He was too busy studying for MCATs and getting to be an intern to screw up. It's anyone's guess when and how 'adolescence' arrives for and is manifested by the mature and the driven. That notwithstanding, care and consideration are not priorities for traditional college-aged citizens. The myth of "it happens to somebody else" (whatever the dreadful it may be) is the invisibility shield that protects them from all calamity. One can only hope not to be their collateral damage. 


I thought people talking on their phones were bad, then along came the texters. It's absolutely insane out there now.