A recent study from the UK-based vehicle leasing company revealed the number of shocking dangers millennial drivers could present on the road.
According to the survey conducted on 1,000 British drivers, drivers aged 35 and under tend to have the most dangerous habits behind the wheel.
The guilty habits include frequent traffic violations with the likes of using mobile devices while driving, running through a red light and last-minute cutting into slip lane queues.
Despite the formal mobile phone ban being in place (from March 2017, all UK drivers caught using their hand-held phone at the wheel will be penalised with a £200 fine and 6 points on their licence), the number of unfocused drivers keeps rising, with millennium drivers taking ‘lead’.
The survey revealed that an alarming number of 25-34 years old, along with their younger counterparts aged 18-24, still use hand-held mobile phones while driving, with 12% and 12% respectively admitting to doing so.
This is very concerning, especially in the light of recent statists which showed that distracted drivers still account for approximately 25% of all motor vehicle fatalities.
“A recent Highway England campaign raised awareness of just how dangerous tailgating can be, with one in eight road casualties caused by this habit,” comments Tano Di Girolamo, Managing Director at Fulton Leasing, the company behind the survey.
“Using a mobile phone while driving will drastically impair a driver’s focus on the road and other cars around them. Our study found millennial motorists admit to these habits more than any other age group, which could leave them and motorists around them in serious danger.”
“ It is also surprising to see such a high admission rate for mobile phone across all age groups when technology such as Apple CarPlay and Bluetooth connectivity is becoming more prevalent in standard equipment lists. A potential concern is that drivers might be using their phone for other purposes such as email or Internet browsing, which could put drivers at even greater risk” – he adds.
Other guilty habits
45% of millennial drivers aged 25-34 admit to accelerating through amber lights. Additionally, nearly 11% of them admitted to running a red light if they have just changed and no one is around, which is the highest percentage across all age groups. 1 in 5 millennial drivers also revealed they don’t indicate at roundabouts, a mistake which can both put fellow drivers at risk, and cause a serious accident.
Additionally, 9% of millennial drivers state not paying attention to blind spots, while their younger counterparts performed worse still, with 11% of those aged 18-24 owning up to not carrying out the appropriate checks before moving off.
Checking the appropriate blind spots is critical can actually save lives. This is especially true for smaller objects, like a pedestrian, cyclist or motorcycle, that can be hit as it can seemingly disappear as you look to pull out into traffic.
Survey respondents also faced questions about tailgating – a ‘practice’ responsible for causing 1 in 8 serious accidents on UK roads.
According to the survey, an average of 9% across all age groups admit to tailgating other vehicles. Again, the highest percentage of offenders can be found in the millennial category, with 14 per cent owning up to doing so.
With M6 being named as the most deadly motorway in the UK, Millennial drivers should also polish their skills for motorway driving, as the study revealed that 14% of young drivers aged between 25 and 35 have a tendency to loiter in the middle lane.