University of Michigan finds young adults to be less interested in driving

Article by Christian Andrei, on March 31, 2012

A study by the researchers at the University of Michigan has revealed that more young adults would prefer browsing the Internet than drive around in a vehicle. The university's Ann Arbor-based Transportation Research Institute found that the higher number of Web users in the U.S. is associated with the lower licensure rates among the young generation. This trend is noticeable in other nations also. The researchers found that Canada, Germany, Great Britain, Sweden, Japan, South Korea and Norway had the same decline in the number of young drivers and a rise in the number of older drivers. According to the head of the institute's human factors group, Michael Sivak, the countries with greater number of Internet users were associated with lower rates of licensure among young people.

This is consistent with the theory that access to "virtual contact through electronic means" lowers the need for "actual contact" among young individuals. In 1983, a third of the total number of licensed drivers in the U.S. were under 30 years old, compared to only around 22% today, the study revealed. The research also found that around 94% of Americans in their 20s in 1983 had a driver's license, compared with around 84% in 2008. 

Senior Analyst Rebecca Lindland at Detroit-based research firm IHS Automotive commented that younger individuals are less enthusiastic about getting their drivers' licenses. She attributes this trend to a societal change with how young people mingle with their friends. She related that in every other generation, children had to leave the house to meet their friends. Now, one can do all these through the Internet and a vehicle is not required any longer, she added. However, this does not necessarily mean that young adults will not see a need for vehicles in the future, she further explained.

Topics: united states

If you liked the article, share on:

Comments

Login or Create new account to add a comment!

Recommended

The renowned Shelby Super Snake is now 50 years old! As we greet the Super Snake a “happy birthday” or a “happy anniversary,” Shelby itself is celebrating half a century...
by - January 23, 2017
Nearly a year after the Subaru XV Concept was unveiled at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland, this SUV study is making its North American debut at the 2017...
by - January 23, 2017
It looks like Porsche will be very busy throughout 2017 as it prepares for the eventual launch of its two new models this year – the 2017 Porsche 911 GT3...
by - January 23, 2017
Volkswagen Group’s dieselgate saga continues, but it appears the German company would be able to get out of trouble, but it would not be unscathed. This development comes as Volkswagen...
by - January 22, 2017
When a car has been in the market for nearly six years, it loses some of its luster and its customers tend to go for the all-new model with a...
by - January 22, 2017
Facebook

Youtube Channel

Tip Us
Do you have a tip for us?
Did you film an important event?
Contact us
Newsletter
Subscribe to our newsletter!
Subscribe
Galleries