Last updated on May 16, 2017 at 02:40 pm
Millennials have many advantages that their parents didn’t when it comes to safe driving.
While other generations forged the way for safety on the road through design innovation and laws, today’s younger generation is benefitting from that work.
Here are 5 reasons millennials are better drivers than their parents:
- One for the road used to be acceptable. A U.S. Department of Transportation report from 1968 found “there is a general consensus that driving after drinking is common.” Advocacy over the years has raised awareness of this issue and today all states have specified blood alcohol concentration laws.
- Child car seats weren’t nearly as advanced. It wasn’t until 1971 that National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s first child safety seat regulation went into effect. Today, all states require child safety seats fit specific criteria, leaving kids securely strapped in, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association.
- Seat belt use used to be minimal. In 1981, seat belt use was estimated at 11%, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2014, the NHTSA estimated seat belt use at 87%.
- Reading directions involved unwieldy paper maps. In 1994, only one U.S. carmaker offered in-car GPS, which meant people still relied heavily on paper maps. Today, smartphones are powering in-dash systems, which include turn-by-turn directions.
- Cars have better tech. Around 2005, blind-spot monitoring systems were still in their infancy. By the time 2013 model year cars rolled out, the NHTSA found that 206 different models from 23 manufacturers had blind-spot monitoring available.
Still, our roads can be even safer. A recent survey from Plymouth Rock Assurance in New Jersey found that today’s top safety concern is texting while driving. #EvolveYourDrive by staying focused on the road. Help make texting while driving a thing of the past. Learn more at FightDistractedDriving.com.