Top 10 U.S. Cities With Most Aggressive Drivers


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GasBuddy is out with a new list of cities with the most aggressive drivers and it’s not painting a pretty picture of the commuting situation in California, where four cities make the top 10 list.

Honking, squeaking brakes and bumper-to-bumper traffic are indeed common problems in many of America’s congested cities. Aggressive driving habits like speeding, rapid acceleration and braking are first and foremost just safety issues (don’t do them!). Those type of behaviors can also hit frustrated drivers in their pocketbooks by lowering gas mileage by as much as 40 percent, costing as much as $477 per year in additional fuel consumption with more frequent trips to the pump.

The new study compiled data from its Drives feature in the GasBuddy app, examining the top 30 metropolitan areas by population as defined by the United States Census Bureau from Nov. 2018 - Feb. 2019. Researchers noted the frequency of an aggressive event while driving, whether it be speeding, hard braking or accelerating.

TOP 10 CITIES WITH THE MOST AGGRESSIVE DRIVERS

  1. Los Angeles
  2. Philadelphia
  3. Sacramento, Calif.
  4. Atlanta
  5. San Francisco
  6. San Diego
  7. Orlando, Fla.
  8. Detroit
  9. Austin, Texas
  10. Las Vegas

Los Angeles isn’t just tops when it comes to aggressive driving. It also consistently tops the list of having some of the most expensive gas prices in the nation, currently averaging $3.35 per gallon. Put those two things together and the GasBuddy Aggressive Driving study reveals that the way Los Angeles motorists are driving is also contributing to a larger gasoline budget.

“Frustration while driving in densely populated cities with high levels of congestion leads motorists to drive more aggressively and with more urgency. Interestingly, these are areas that typically see some of the highest gas prices in their respective states,” said Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy. “With drivers in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Sacramento and Atlanta being 20 percent more aggressive than the average driver in America, it’s particularly important for commuters and rideshare drivers in these areas to work on shedding their lead foot and relax more to keep money from flying out the window each time they hit the road.”

Last year GasBuddy’s Aggressive Driving Study examined the states with the most aggressive drivers. Seven of the top 10 cities with the most aggressive drivers from this year’s study are within some of the top 10 states with the most aggressive drivers, including California, Georgia, Texas and Florida.

Additional findings include:

  • Frustrating Fridays: Motorists are 1.2x more likely to encounter aggressive driving on Friday than on Wednesday. The most aggressive day on the road is Friday, with 14% more aggressive driving events occurring compared to the average across the United States. The least aggressive day on the road is Wednesday, with 6% fewer aggressive driving events occurring compared to the average across the United States.
  • Wearing Out the Brakes (All Week): The most frequent aggressive driving habit on weekdays is hard braking, followed by rapid acceleration and speeding. On weekends, the most frequent aggressive driving habit continues to be hard braking, followed by speeding and rapid acceleration.
  • San Diego’s Need for Speed: While cities like Los Angeles and Philadelphia take the top spots in regards to hard braking and rapid acceleration, San Diego, Orlando and Detroit take the top 3 spots for cities with the most speeding incidents.

Complete city rankings can be found here.
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