Differences Between Young and Old Drivers


It seems the older we get, the worse our opinion of younger drivers becomes.

Admiral Insurance asked 2,000 motorists of different age ranges – young drivers aged 17-25, middle-aged drivers between 55 and 40, and older drivers aged over 65 – their views on each other’s driving.

Some 83% of older motorists think those under the age of 25 are the worst drivers, and 62% of middle-aged drivers agree.

But it seems the feeling is mutual as nearly half – 48% – of young drivers say they think the over-65s will be the worst motorists on the road.

How different generations describe each other’s driving

Admiral asked motorists to choose three words from a list to describe the fashion of driving for each generation.

Both the middle-aged and older drivers chose fast, dangerous and impatient to describe young people’s driving.

Middle-aged drivers were identified as steady, confident, safe and law-abiding by the other generations.

And older drivers were described as slow and nervous, as well as dangerous and cautious by the two young along with the middle aged drivers.

Motorists say driving skills improve with age

The survey found we usually think our driving improves the older we get.

Two thirds of middle-aged motorists say their driving has improved given that they were under 25, while only 5% think it has got worse.

Meanwhile, one in five of motorists aged over 65 think their driving has improved given that they were middle aged, while only 6% think it has got worse.

Sue Longthorn of Admiral Insurance says: Contrary to the scene by many people that older drivers are nervous seems like the older we get the greater number of confident we are in our ability to drive.

We also become a little more critical of younger drivers.

Is criticism of younger drivers justified?

So, do statistics back the view that younger drivers aren’t as good on the road as older motorists?

Well, Admiral says their own data shows the average cost of a young driver automobile insurance claim – those involving someone under the age of 25 – is higher than any other age group.

Drivers under the age of 25 are the most likely to get large, high-impact accidents like head-on collisions or hitting a crash barrier.

A higher amount of young drivers polled also admitted they have got jumped a red light, used a mobile phone while driving and not used their indicators than the older generations.

This increased risk of accidents – and in turn the increased risk of claiming on his or her car insurance policy – means that young drivers typically pay more for cover than their older counterparts.

‘Good & bad drivers of all the generations’

Longthorn says: Our research shows how critical each generation is of others.

There are actually bad and good drivers of each and every generation. That’s The reality.

It’s interesting that while the people we surveyed frequently chose negative words to clarify the driving of others, they were more complimentary about their own driving.

When we asked them to choose words to describe their own driving, the most common ones were safe, steady, cautious and courteous.