Electronics and Semiconductors

Millennials Are Less Likely to Be Distracted Driving than Their Parents

28 August 2018
Parents of Millennials are more likely to use their phone than younger generations. Source: Volvo

If you think that millennials are constantly on their phones while in the cars — texting and calling friends while driving — think again.

In fact, according to a new study from Volvo Cars and the Harris Poll, it is the parents of the millennials, so-called Generation X, who are more likely to be the ones using their phones while driving.

“Distracted driving is not unique to younger generations. In fact, it’s a problem we are seeing across generations and demographics,” said Jim Nichols, Product, Technology & Brand Communications Senior Manager for Volvo Car USA.

Of those surveyed, Generation Xers are the primary culprits of using their phones while driving and one in three parents admit to using their phone often when the kids are with them. Of those surveyed, more than half of Americans feel the top threat to safety is driving distracted compared to just 31 percent who think driving under the influence is the top threat.

Volvo conducted the survey to see how much new connectivity options in mobility impact how people drive including new voice command capabilities and Bluetooth integration for hands-free control and communication.

The full study can be found at Volvo.

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