Millennials, officially categorized as individuals born between 1981 and 1996, actually like to drive, according to a new survey from Hagerty. The classic-car insurer commissioned the study this past spring and found the nation’s largest generation isn’t as anti-driving as once thought.
According to the research, 81 percent of millennials respondents said they “they like, love or are passionate about driving,” which fell in line with Generation X and Baby Boomers (78 percent and 79 percent). Most interesting was 64 percent of millennials said a movement will be needed to preserve driving in the future as self-driving cars come of age. 57 percent of all drivers surveyed also agreed.
And it appears our so-called dying love affair with driving and the car itself may be overstated. 79 percent of all generations said they are passionate about driving; 85 percent said driving is part of the American culture; 81 percent said learning to drive is a rite of passage; 61 percent called driving a “positive emotional experience”; and 59 percent said driving is a form of stress release. Over three-quarters said they’d prefer to drive on an open and winding road.
The vast majority, 85 percent, also agreed humans will always want the option to drive themselves and 79 percent don’t want to see driving disappear.
Following the study, Hagerty has begun “Why Driving Matters” to solidify the voice of drivers and enthusiasts as autonomy becomes more prominent.
“One of our goals will be to work with policymakers so that years or even decades from now when the bulk of cars are fully autonomous, the act of driving is protected,” Hagerty said.