Young millennials top list of worst-behaved drivers

Posted February 19, 2017

Given that US traffic fatalities rose by seven percent in 2015-the biggest single-year jump in half a century-and are continuing on at a record pace, that's not exactly good news.

Even though millennials were the worst, Haugh said that other generations should not point fingers.

The category of young millennials also leads the risky habit of speeding with drivers ages 19-24 1.4 times as likely as all drivers to report having driven 10 miles per hour over the speed limit on a residential street.

"When I'm in the vehicle with friends of mine, they're texting while driving".

That's according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, which asks drivers if they've engage in any risky behavior behind the week the in the past 30 days.

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Senior citizens, rejoice-you're no longer perceived as the worst drivers on the road. 16 of those crashes were fatal, and 25 percent of the crashes involved a young millennial, the release said. "There's a lot of things going on". From speeding to texting while driving and running red lights, drivers between the ages of 19 and 24 were the guiltiest.

"Although many drivers seem to think traffic safety is important generally, the survey findings reveal some aspect of the current traffic safety culture that might be categorized as a culture of indifference, with drivers effectively saying 'Do as I say, not as I do, '" the foundation says in the report. Not surprisingly, most people thought they were much or somewhat more careful than average.

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"The younger generation has grown up with seat belts being a habit in their families", Iverson said.

"We know any step in a positive direction is a good step", Iverson said. "About 88% of those millennials reported having engaged in those kind of activities in the past 30 days".