Millennials it seems are more likely to pick up dangerous driving habits whilst behind the wheel
According to a new study, young motorists in the UK are the worst drivers and the ones most likely to pick up dangerous driving habits whilst behind the wheel.
The worst driving habit that millennials can’t seem to break is using a mobile phone whilst in control of a vehicle, despite the fact that tougher penalties were introduced last year to crack down on the offence. Now, if a driver is caught using their mobile device behind the wheel they could be issued with a £200 fixed fine and six points on their licence.
However, these increased punishments haven’t stopped all youngsters, as 12% of 18 to 34 year-olds confessed to still doing it – more so than nearly all other generations.
Android Auto and Apple CarPlay have introduced smart functions to encourage drivers not to pick up their mobile devices whilst behind the wheel, however the younger generation it seems still turn to their mobile devices to carry out different tasks.
It seems using mobiles whilst driving isn’t the only bad habit young motorists are guilty of, as almost half of 25 to 34 year-olds confessed to racing to beat an amber traffic light, whilst just over one in 10 admitted to running a red light on occasion if they thought no one was looking.
Furthermore, one in five fail to indicate when at a roundabout, whilst the same number admitted to cutting into a queue right at the last minute, whereas 14% of 25 to 30 year-olds suggest they stay longer in the middle lane than they ought to when driving on the motorway.
Overall, what the study claims is that young drivers aren’t the most attentive when on the roads, as almost one in 10 confessed to not giving blind spots the attention required, whilst 11% of 18 to 24 year-olds admitted they didn’t carry out the essential checks when turning!
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