A new report finds millennial drivers are the worst-behaved on the roads.
The study being released by AAA-Nebraska found 88% of drivers between the ages of 19-and-24 admitted to at least one risky behavior behind the wheel in the past 30 days.
Those bad behaviors include speeding, running red lights, aggressive driving and distracted driving.
The motor club’s Nick Jarmusz says one reason why millennials rank so poorly is because of how and when they learned to drive — when smart phones were first becoming popular. It took a while to realize the dangers the devices pose.
Jarmusz says the survey highlights the need to educate new drivers about safe behaviors behind the wheel.
“It’s kind of a three-legged stool when it comes to traffic safety,” he says, “making sure we have the right laws in place and that we’re successfully enforcing those laws and we’re educating people about why those laws are in place in the first place.”
Millennial drivers weren’t alone with bad habits. More than half of drivers in other age groups also admitted to risky behavior behind the wheel during the last 30 days.
He says it’s a reminder to all drivers to strive to be distraction-free behind the wheel.
By rank and by age group, the percentage of drivers who reported engaging in speeding, red light running or texting behind the wheel in the past 30 days include:
1. Drivers ages 19-24: 88.4 percent
2. Drivers ages 25-39: 79.2 percent
3. Drivers ages 40-59: 75.2 percent
4. Drivers ages 16-18: 69.3 percent
5. Drivers ages 75+: 69.1 percent
6. Drivers ages 60-74: 67.3 percent