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San Diego tops list of bad drivers, study says

Posted at 2:17 PM, Mar 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-18 17:32:55-04

(SAN DIEGO) -- If you like hitting the gas pedal when someone is merging into your lane, or you brake hard to send an angry message to the driver behind you, or you like to weave in and out of lanes at high speeds, then congrats: You helped San Diego make the list of the saltiest drivers in the United States.

GasBuddy revealed the top 10 cities with the most aggressive drivers, studying behavior like speeding, hard braking or accelerating.

The company compiled data from its Drives feature in the GasBuddy app, examining the top 30 metropolitan areas by population from Nov. 2018 to Feb. 2019, noting the frequency of an aggressive driving event.

The data shows that no other city has a bigger need for speed than San Diego. According to Gas Buddy, San Diego drivers have 62% more speeding incidents than average US driver, followed by Orlando and Detroit. Los Angeles was 16th on the list.

And, when it comes to being aggressive, San Diego ranked 6th in the country behind number one Los Angeles followed by Philadelphia, Sacramento, Atlanta, and San Francisco.

“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.


If you enjoy the slow lane or don’t feel the need to protect your lane by accelerating rapidly, then Wednesdays are for you. Hump Day sees 6% fewer aggressive driving events occurring compared to the average across the United States.

On the other hand, if you're trying to avoid road rage, Fridays are the worst days to be on the streets.

“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 report said.

If being an aggressive driver doesn’t get you or someone else killed, then consider that road rage will drain your wallet costing some bad motorists hundreds of dollars.

“Frustrated drivers can get agitated quickly, and their aggressive driving habits like speeding, rapid acceleration and braking can lower gas mileage by as much as 40 percent, costing them as much as $477 per year in additional fuel consumption,” the report said.