Baby Boomers are quick to put the blame on Millennials for being the worst drivers, and the most distracted drivers on the road today, especially when it comes to cellphone usage behind the wheel. Now, this statement isn’t completely false, as Millennials have the highest cellphone usage while driving. However, there are other statistics in Liberty Mutual’s recent survey that shows that other generations are not far off.
Mike Sample, a lead driving safety expert, states,
“Everybody is pointing the fingers at Millennials. But as Boomers, we can do a better job of leading by example.”
In this survey Millennials, Gen X, and Baby Boomers were all asked if they have used a cellphone behind the wheel. Their answers:
- Millennials – 86% admitted they have
- Gen X – 72% admitted they have
- Baby Boomers – 49% admitted they have
In addition, this survey asked Boomers and Millennials what they would do if a notification popped up during their drive, and they had a passenger in the vehicle. Their answers:
- Millennials – 26% of Millennials said they would have their passenger handle the task
- Boomers – 14% of Boomers said they would have their passenger handle the task
While Boomers have a significantly lower percentage than their counterparts, there are still nearly half of them who admit to using their phones behind the wheel. This shows that even the “older and wiser” Boomers have the temptation to partake in distracting activities—meaning this is more of a human error than it is a generational one.
Distracted Driving Impacts Everyone
This survey just continues to support just how dangerous and widespread distracted driving is, by showing that people of all ages are doing it. It is expected to continue to worsen as more technology continues to be released.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident due to the negligence of a distracted driver, The Stewart Law Firm would love the opportunity to speak about your case and how we can help. Call us today (512)271-5112 to schedule your free consultation.