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Millennials Top List of Drivers Who Engage in Risky Driving Behaviors

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Most people know that young people new to driving can cause automobile accidents due to inexperience. However, the problem is more serious than that According to a recent AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety survey, 88 percent of young millennials—those between the ages of 19 and 24— reported engaging in at least one risky driving behavior within the last 30 days.

Engaging in dangerous driving behaviors not only makes millennials bad drivers, this also increases the likelihood they'll cause automobile accidents. The AAA study focused on these unsafe practices: texting while driving, speeding, and running a red light.young woman texting while driving

The percentage of drivers by age range who admitted to engaging in one of these practices included:

  • 88.4 percent: Drivers 19–24
  • 79.2 percent: Drivers 25–39
  • 75.2 percent: Drivers 40–59
  • 69.3 percent: Drivers 16–8
  • 69.1 percent: Drivers 75 and older
  • 67.3 percent: Drivers 60–64

What Are Millennials’ Main Risky Driving Practices?

Researchers focused on the following:

  • Texting. 66.1 percent of millennials versus 40.2 percent of all other drivers reported reading a text while driving, and 59.3 percent typed or sent a text compared to 31.4 percent of other drivers.
  • Speeding. Millennials were 1.6 more times likely to speed over 10 mph over the limit in residential areas than other drivers. In addition, nearly 12 percent of millennials believed it's acceptable to drive more than 10 mph over the speed limit in a school zone compared to less than 5 percent of other drivers.
  • Running a red light. Almost 50 percent of millennials admitted to running a red light compared to 36 percent of other drivers. In addition, 14 percent of millennials believe this behavior is permissible in comparison to about 6 percent of other drivers.


Were you or a family member hurt in a car accident caused by a millennial driver? It may have been caused by one of these unsafe and negligent driving practices. Alan Morton is here to help you hold the driver responsible and obtain the compensation you deserve. Fill out our online form to schedule your free consultation.


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