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Millennials are America's worst drivers

Posted by on October 24, 2017 at 1:35 PM

According to a recent report from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, however, it may have been better if the cadres of young motorists now ages 19 to 39 had avoided getting behind the wheel.

"88% of young millennials engaged in at least one risky behavior behind the wheel recently, earning the top spot of worst behaved U.S. drivers," the report said, focusing on the recklessness of the "young" millennial group, those ages 19 to 24.

These dangerous behaviors — which increase crash risk — included texting while driving, red-light running and speeding. These findings come as U.S. traffic deaths rose to 35,092 in 2015, an increase of more than 7 percent, the largest single-year increase in five decades.

It's largely accepted among researchers that texting while driving is stupendously dangerous. Speeding and running red lights are also the opposite of defensive driving, but neither behavior is anything new for younger motorists.

•Millennial drivers report texting, speeding, and running red lights.

•Millennials think it's OK to speed in school zones.

•The statistics improve for older drivers, but not by that much.

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