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Poor driving habits are a cross-generational problem

On Behalf of | Aug 23, 2019 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

According to a recent study, while Millennial drivers seem to be particularly prone to distracted driving, the issue actually infects all generations of motorists.

For instance, among Millennials, over 85% said that they had talked on their phones while driving. Likewise, over half, 53%, said that they engaged in texting and driving, and about one-third said that they had looked at social media behind the wheel. Millennials are those who were born in the 1980s and 1990s.

By contrast, among those in Generation X, who are now in the 40s and 50s, only about half, 49%, said that they used their phones behind the wheel of a car. Additionally, 36% of these drivers admitted to texting and driving and 15% admitted to using social media.

It seems that technology is not the only thing that is distracting the younger generations of drivers. The same survey found that 63% of Millennial drivers indicated that they had no trouble with multi-tasking behind the wheel by engaging in routine behavior like eating, taking a drink and applying makeup.

By contrast, 54% of those from Generation X admitted to multi-tasking. Millennial drivers also admitted to aggressive driving at a higher rate, with over 45% saying that they had driven aggressively at least once.

While the report suggested that Millennial drivers have apparently picked up some bad driving habits, the problems are really cross-generational. Sadly, it seems drivers of all ages are willing to drive inattentively, or even aggressively, despite all the warnings against such behavior.

Those in Georgia who have been injured in serious motor vehicle accidents that were caused by inattentive or aggressive driving may have legal options available to them. One option would include filing a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent driver.