A new global driving study by Liberty Mutual Insurance finds that Millennial drivers need a crash course in Driving Safety 101. While nearly half of Millennials surveyed agree that their phone is a major distraction behind the wheel, phone use is still rampant with 86 percent of Millennials in the U.S. admitting to having used their phone while driving. In Western Europe (France, England, Ireland, Spain and Portugal), 73 percent of Millennials have used their phone while driving as well.
However, in the study, U.S. Millennials proved to be the worst offenders – owning up to phone use and other dangerous driving habits at significantly higher rates than their Western European peers. Generationally in the U.S., Millennial phone use is nearly double the rate of Boomers and noticeably higher than Generation X.
The influence of global tech culture is more evident now than ever before as drivers increasingly feel the need to glance, check or interact with their phone while driving, which leads to a higher risk of accidents and near misses