Dangerous drivers: Millennials vs. Gen Z

Who are the better drivers is a topic MasterDrive has addressed many times, particularly between genders. Now, a new analysis reveals which generation of drivers is the best, and worst, and the results may be surprising.

The generational analysis was conducted by auto accident attorneys. The CEO of MasterDrive, Eugene Herbert, reveals the findings: “Data taken from the National Highway Traffic Administration, reveals 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). Those between 35 and 44, which is mostly Millennials, is the second worst group.

“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.”

The analysis reveals interesting information about each generation. “Drivers from 35 to 44 – which is 80% Millennials – have the highest number of alcohol-related crashes. Conversely, Gen Z initially appears to be more cognisant of drink 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.

“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.”

What do all these numbers mean and how much can we draw from it? “One needs to consider whether the total number of drivers in each generational group is equal to accurately draw conclusions. Could there be less Baby Boomer and Gen Z drivers as one group stops driving and one is just beginning?

“While it was not directly compared to others, Gen Z was positioned to look more responsible with drink driving. Yet, the number of Gen Z offenders were guilty of both driving under the influence and speeding whereas the other generations were only analysed for drinking and driving. There are a number of variables that could make some of the points inaccurate.”

What cannot be completely refuted, though, is drivers between 25 and 44 should pay attention. “The data is taken from the main organisation in 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. Have you picked up risky driving habits as a result of your many years driving or lack of concern for consequence? If you have, change your habits before you find yourself paying the greatest consequence of all,” says Herbert.