New Study Says Millennials Are as Interested in Driving as Boomers
Some studies indicate that fewer Americans are getting their driver’s licenses, particularly teenagers. But other studies show an increase in the number of driver’s licenses, which indicates that young adults in the U.S. might be just as interested in driving as previous generations.
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Driver’s license stats
According to new data from Benchmark Company, the second half of the Twenteens evidenced a spike in new driver’s licenses here in the U.S. Per The Drive, it’s “the single largest surge in new licensees” since 1974-1978 when mid-generation baby boomers became old enough to drive.
Accord to The Drive, this surge in licensed drivers helped contribute to the peak in new car sales. From 2015-2019, there were more than 17 million new vehicles sold for five consecutive years. Benchmark predicts that this trend will continue to boost car sales for the next decade since the 35 to 44-year-old demographic should grow until 2034.
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Considering other trends
It will be interesting to see if the peak in new driver’s licenses continues as the next decade plays out. After all, more Americans are gravitating toward using rideshares instead of opting for a personal vehicle. According to research by Accenture, approximately two-thirds of Americans who use rideshares claim they would consider getting rid of their private autos sometime in the next 10 years.
Then there’s the other trend of more U.S. consumers going “car-light” instead of totally car-less, as New York City transportation consultant Bruce Schaller articulates. According to Schaller, the statistics for car-light households have been growing while those for car-free households have been declining in key urban cities such as Los Angeles, Chicago, and D.C.
So, it seems that private car ownership will continue to be a thing for at least another decade, if not longer. In which case, it’s likely that Americans will continue to want new cars and get their driver’s licenses during the next 10 years — and possibly many years beyond that.
Whitney Russell is a current resident of Dayton, though her spirit can be found beach-bumming in Puerto Rico (the land of her half-Puerto Rican heritage). When not adventuring through the exciting world of car news, she can be found hiking with her husband and their two dogs, motorcycling, visiting nephews and nieces, discovering new memes, thrifting, decorating, crafting, woodburning, researching random things, and escaping into a great movie. See more articles by Whitney.