Millennial drivers comprise a substantial portion of all drivers on the road, but motorists within this young adult age group have a reputation for engaging in dangerous driving behaviors. Just how much of that bad reputation is valid, though?

Per USA Today, millennial drivers have, in fact, earned their poor reputation behind the wheel, and many motorists who fall within this age group admit to making extremely dangerous moves while at their vehicle’s controls.

Risky behind-the-wheel behavior

To get a better sense of just how dangerous millennial drivers are to the rest of the motoring population, a market research firm surveyed more than 2,500 of them. Among the survey’s key findings was the fact that millennials were far more likely than drivers in other age groups to run red lights, even if they could have stopped at the light without much trouble. Almost half of all millennials surveyed said they had done so, while only about 36 percent of drivers across other age groups said the same thing.

Millennial drivers also admit to making dangerous moves behind the wheel when driving through school zones. More specifically, about 12 percent of drivers in this age group said they felt it was suitable to travel more than 10 miles over the speed limit in a school zone, while only about 5 percent of all drivers said the same.

Arguably one of the most publicized dangerous driving behaviors involves texting or sending emails while driving. Survey results indicate that millennials are doing this at nearly twice the rate of motorists who fall within other age groups.

Traffic fatalities rising

While it is unclear exactly how much millennials are contributing to the rising number of traffic fatalities on American roadways, there is undoubtedly some correlation. By educating younger drivers about the dangers and potential consequences associated with their actions, you may be able to help reduce the number of deaths resulting from traffic accidents.