A new analysis reveals which generation of drivers is the best and worst, and the results show millennials are the most dangerous on the roads.
The generational analysis was conducted by auto accident attorneys using data from the National Highway Traffic Administration.
“The data revealed that Millennials are the most dangerous drivers. People between the ages of 25 and 34 accounted for the most accidents, the most fatal crashes and the second-highest percentage of driving while distracted (DWD),” said the CEO of MasterDrive, Eugene Herbert.
“The safest drivers were revealed to be Baby Boomers. Drivers between 63 and 72 were involved in the least crashes averaging only 14 per 100,000. The second safest group is Gen Z – drivers between 16 and 24. They average 44 per 100,000, which is still considerably higher,” added Herbert.
Drivers aged 35 to 44 – which is 80% Millennials – have the highest number of alcohol-related crashes. Conversely, Gen Z initially appears to be more aware of drunk driving, with one of the lowest percentages of drivers involved in a crash while speeding and under the influence.
“However, this doubles as soon as they reach the legal drinking age,” said Herbert.
The data also showed that Gen Zs are also more easily distracted while driving and most likely to speed. Baby Boomers keep their reign as the best with the fewest instances of DWD, which saw a major increase since the pandemic started.
Herbert noted that there were some inaccuracies in the data, such as Gen Z drivers being reported for both driving under the influence and speeding. In contrast, the other generations were only analysed for drinking and driving.
“There are a number of variables that could make some of the points inaccurate,” he said.
“However, what cannot be completely refuted, though, is drivers between 25 and 44 should pay attention,“ warned Herbert.
The data is taken from the main organisation in the USA responsible for road safety. If Millennials occupy the top spots for accidents, fatalities and problematic driving behaviour such as speeding and driving under the influence, then Millennials need to reassess their own driving behaviours.
“If you fall within this age group, take heed from the data from the USA,” added Herbert.