Who are the worst drivers on the road?

Well, if you ask the younger generation, older drives pose the greatest threat to road safety.

On the other hand, if you put the same question to older drivers, not surprisingly it’s young people who are to blame.

That’s the findings of a new survey by The Harris Poll commissioned by Volvo Cars in the United States.

This survey was conducted online within the United States from May 21-29, 2019, among 2,000 licensed adults ages 18 and older.

This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated.

Gen Zs (those aged 18 to 24) and Baby Boomers (45 years and over) point the finger at each other when naming the most significant threat to safety on the road today.

In a wide-ranging survey of Americans across a broad range of generations, Volvo set out to explore the effectiveness of driver’s ed programs in developing safer and more confident drivers.

The full results are published in Volvo Reports: The State of Driver Education, the latest in a series of Volvo Reports from Volvo Car USA and The Harris Poll, that explores the ever-changing relationship between Americans and their car.

  • Two-thirds (66 per cent) of Americans of all ages believe teens are the most dangerous drivers on the road today, but younger, newer drivers disagree.
  • Gen Zs claim senior citizens are the biggest safety threats (58 per cent).
  • While 85 per cent of older drivers stand by driver’s ed as a reason for being a confident driver, Gen Zs are less likely to do so (74 per cent).
  • Even as the most recent generation to take driver’s ed, 1 in 4 Gen Zs (24 per cent) are not confident they would pass the driver’s test if they had to retake it today.
  • Long-term retention is also an issue, as more than half (55 per cent) of Gen Zs say they remember half or less of what they learned in driver’s ed.
  • The oldest drivers surveyed, Boomers, say they remember most or everything they learned (56 per cent).

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Riley

Chris Riley has been a journalist for almost 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.