Los Angeles holds the title as the city with the most aggressive drivers

BOSTON — Road rage tends to creep up during the holidays given the heightened stress and anxiety the season ignites. This year being truly “a year to remember,” GasBuddy, the travel and navigation app used by more North American drivers to save money on gas, reveals which U.S cities are expressing that stress in the form of aggressive driving.

This study examined millions of GasBuddy Drives data during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend defined as Nov 25 – Nov 29, 2020, and looked at which cities had the highest frequency of aggressive driving habits like rapid acceleration, hard braking and speeding.

The Top 10 Cities With the Most Aggressive Holiday Drivers:

1. Los Angeles,
2. San Diego
3. Sacramento, Calif.
4. Memphis, Tenn.
5. Miami-Fort Lauderdale
6. Raleigh, N.C.
7. San Francisco
8. Dallas-Fort Worth
9. Detroit
10. Charlotte, N.C.

Half of the cities listed in the Top 10 list are making their second “scroogy” appearance, having also been included in last year’s study. Los Angeles and San Diego each jumped five spots respectively, to now hold the titles as the cities with the “scroogiest” drivers.

The complete city rankings can be found here.

“California issuing another round of stay-at-home orders immediately ahead of Thanksgiving on Nov.
19 could have been the catalyst for the highest percent of Grinch-style aggressive driving occurring
in the country,” said Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy. “When we are
anxious and stressed, it surfaces in a multitude of ways including how we drive. Given how this year
is going, it’s likely we’ll also see a higher level of aggressive driving ahead of Christmas. ”

The findings were compiled using data from GasBuddy’s opt-in Drives Feature in the GasBuddy
app that offers drivers an assessment of their driving habits during their trip in an effort to
improve fuel efficiency.

GasBuddy examined Drives data in the top 50 metropolitan areas by population as defined by
the United States Census Bureau from Nov 25 – Nov 29, 2020, noting the collective percentage
of POOR, GOOD, and GREAT trips per city. Each driver’s trip receives a grade of POOR,
GOOD, and GREAT, which is defined by the number of aggressive driving incidents that occur:
hard braking, quick acceleration and speeding.

Image Sources

  • Aggressive Driver: Shutterstock