Long thought to be less interested than previous generations in vehicle ownership and driving, most millennials actually like driving, according to a new survey from Hagerty. Survey results show that 81 per cent of participating millennial drivers say they like, love or are passionate about driving. This compares with 78 per cent of Gen X-ers and 79 per cent of baby boomers.
The survey was commissioned in response to the rapid rise of autonomous vehicle technology. Fifty-seven per cent of all respondents - including 64 per cent of millennials - believe a movement will be needed to preserve the driving experience when autonomous cars are the norm.
"Full autonomy is going to save lives, make commuting easier and unclog cities," said McKeel Hagerty, CEO of Hagerty. "But these survey results also indicate that people, including millennials, are always going to want to drive themselves when they want to. It's clear people don't want to lose the joy, freedom and control that comes with having their hands on the wheel."
Findings have prompted Hagerty to launch an initiative called "Why Driving Matters" to organize and amplify the voices of car lovers when it comes to future driving laws.
"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," said Hagerty.