A new study by Wayne State University has discovered that baby boomers who text and drive are actually MORE dangerous than millennials who text and drive. The study asked 50 drivers between 19 and 59 to drive while simultaneously texting. The results showed that 45-59-year-old drivers did particularly badly even when they were skilled texters to begin with.
Do Baby Boomers Rule the Roadways?
Baby boomers account for more than 41 million smartphones—an increase of 53% over the past two years. The Baby Boom Generation (those born between 1946 and 1964), has fueled much of the growth in travel over the past 40 years; baby boomers started driving at younger ages, entered the workforce with more education, and, once they began a family, were most likely to have more than one vehicle in the family. It is expected that by 2030, more than 40 million baby boomers will be senior drivers—with smartphones.
Are Older Drivers More Dangerous?
One study found that older drivers are already more likely to die in intersection crashes and that each passing year makes it more challenging to make a left turn. Seniors tend to have more difficulty judging appropriate gaps in oncoming traffic, as well as estimating the speed of oncoming vehicles. The Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds crash deaths per mile traveled increase significantly after the age of 75. Vision deterioration, the ability to reason and remember, and the rise of physical challenges such as arthritis may contribute to that statistic. Thirty-one states appear to have taken this into consideration by adding special provisions for older drivers, including more frequent vision and road testing and more frequent license renewals.
Distracted Driving Remains a Serious Problem for Baby Boomers
Despite these precautions, the increase in distracted driving among baby boomers has few “fixes.” Eating and drinking while driving is at the top of the list as far as most distracting activities—other than cell phone use and texting. Adjusting the radio, looking at passengers when speaking to them, playing the radio very loudly, looking at something happening on the side of the road, trying to set the GPS or turning around to speak to passengers in the back seat rounds out the top forms of distractions engaged in while driving. The only activity distracted boomers apparently do not engage in that teen drivers do, is changing clothes while driving! It’s time for the baby boomer generation to take the advice they have routinely dished out to younger folks and stop all distractions when behind the wheel.
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