The battle between generations (especially Boomers and Millennials) is a constant source of fodder. A lot has changed over the course of a few generations, which is part of the reason why members of each generation are always willing to contrast and compare (usually in their own favour). So what about driving? In the battle between young and old... who does it better?
In this case, anecdotal evidence and feelings don't come into it. The answer to which generation makes for better drivers is backed up by cold, hard facts, as provided by Insurify.com following a review of over 2 million insurance applications.
"The site looked at over two million car insurance applications and ranked drivers in each of four generations according to their driving records, specifically their collective propensity for getting into an at-fault accident and/or receiving a moving violation."
The four generations under the microscope were Baby Boomers (born between 1946 and 1964), Gen Xers (born between 1963 and 1980), Millennials (born between 1981 and 1986), and Gen Zers (born between 1997 and 2004).
As covered by Jim Gorzelany for Forbes magazine, the results were both surprising and unsurprising. While some may assume that the youngest drivers (Gen Zers) would fare worst, the stats show otherwise. Instead, that title went to Millennials, the oft criticized generation. In this case, it seems the criticism might be warranted, with Millennials not only racking up the most moving violations or at-fault accidents, but also being the most likely to run a red light and engage in other reckless driving behaviour.
As a Millennial, the results are a bit shaming, but as a writer with a focus on safe driving and driver training, I wonder what we can learn from the results of the study. While I don't have the answer to that question, I hope that data like this can spur greater conversation about effective safety solutions (instead of Boomer vs. Millennial mud slinging).
For more in depth coverage of Insurify's findings, check out Forbes' article.