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The Worst Generation of Drivers

A study published by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that younger generations from ages 19 to 24-years-old are the age group most likely to engage in poor driving habits 

Read on to get more information about other factors that influence poor driving

What Generation are the Worst Drivers in the US?

by The Brown Firm / February 8, 2019

Younger generations already get a bad rap. Millennials, individuals born in the early 1980s to the mid-1990s, and Generation Z, who were born from the late 1990s to the 2000s, receive harsh criticism from some elders.

These younger generations are usually depicted as lazy narcissists who are entitled and obsessed with their selfies.

There are also claims that these generations produce the worst drivers. Young drivers are more likely to get into accidents since they’re inexperience leads to more mistakes than older drivers.

A study published by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety also found that younger generations from ages 19 to 24-years-old are the age group most likely to engage in poor driving habits.



Young drivers admit to exceeding the speed limit by 10 to 15 miles per hour in residential areas. Speeding can be a problem in any overconfident driver no matter what generation they are from.

However, post-millennials are getting more criticism since they often display a lack of guilt and knowledge on what they did. The mindset they carry is that speeding is just a fact of life.

Running a red light

Traffic lights are the least complicated traffic control signal that exists. It’s common knowledge to know that green means go, yellow means slow down, and red means stop. However, some drivers see this as go, go faster, and speed up.

Generation Z drivers specifically rub through a red light after it has changed even when they can quickly and safely stop.

Like speeding, some of the younger generations consider this traffic violation is acceptable. However, driving through a red light could result in severe consequences besides the obvious fines and penalties. Running a red light could risk seriously injuring or even killing innocent motorists and pedestrians crossing the intersection.

Reading or sending a text message while driving

Distractive driving appears in different forms. Some distractions tend to take your hands off the wheel such as eating and drinking. Other distractions will cause your eyes to wander off of the road, such as like looking for items on the floor of the car. Finally, there are distractions that divert your focus and attention away from the road like talking to another passenger.

There are also various distractions that fall under the three categories, like cellphone use, which can be especially dangerous when you’re behind the wheel. Due to the younger generation’s strong connection with technology, texting and driving is one distraction that effects them the most.

Over 59 percent of drivers between 19 and 24 years old admitted to reading and sending text messages or emails while operating a vehicle.

While texting and driving remain a significant issue, cell phones present even more driving distractions with the addition of apps like Snapchat and Instagram.

Driving under the influence of marijuana

Young driver’s lack of road experience combined with drug use would put the driver, passengers, and other motorists and pedestrians who share the road at even more risks.

Most drugs have the same adverse effect on a person’s brain as alcohol which can lead to vehicle crashes. Cocaine or methamphetamine often lead users to drive aggressively and recklessly. Marijuana causes a slowed-down reaction time, impaired judgment of time and distance, and bad coordination.

Marijuana is one of the most common drugs that can be found in the bloodstream of drivers involved in vehicle accidents. Drivers aged 25-39 and 19-24 are more likely to operate a vehicle within an hour of using marijuana as they may have more tolerant views toward the drug.

Drugged drivers often have both alcohol and more than one drug in their systems. For this reason, it is difficult to measure how many crashes are caused by only drugged driving. However, the combination of marijuana with alcohol and other drugs such as cocaine and benzodiazepines have higher risks than just the drug itself.

Besides marijuana, prescription drugs are commonly involved in drugged driving crashes. A study by the National Institute on Drug Abuse in 2010 reported that about 47 percent of drivers who tested positive for drugs had used a prescription drug which could be because the younger generations are more likely to abuse prescription drugs especially pain relievers.

While a large number of young drivers are involved in a lot of crashes, there isn’t really a generation free from any traffic violations. Even older generations risk safety on the road if they lack the skills needed behind the wheel.

No matter which generation you are part of, when you’re not at fault, you deserve to receive the proper amount of compensation you deserve.

Consult with a Personal Injury Attorney from The Brown Firm for any legal advice or to help you get the compensation you deserve.

Visit our website or contact us at (912) 200-9755 for a Free Consultation to discuss the nature of your case.

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