December 13, 2022

Naughty or Nice: GasBuddy Study Reveals U.S. Cities with the 'Scroogiest' Holiday Drivers

Tucson, Arizona and Portland, Oregon top the lists for most and least aggressive holiday driving

The holiday season is known for being merry and bright, but hectic schedules, last-minute shopping and travel both near and far can translate to the roads in the form of aggressive driving. A new survey from GasBuddy reveals that drivers in certain cities across the United States are up to 54% more aggressive than the average driver.

GasBuddy examined millions of drives during 2022's Thanksgiving holiday weekend. The study revealed Tucson, Arizona and Portland, Oregon as the cities with the most and least aggressive holiday drivers, respectively. Aggressive driving habits are classified as quick acceleration, hard braking and speeding. Tucson secured and maintained its number one spot on the "naughty list" for the second consecutive year.

Naughty List – The Top 10 Cities with The Most Aggressive Holiday Drivers

  1. Tucson, AZ
  2. Jacksonville, FL
  3. Nashville, TN
  4. Orlando, FL
  5. Birmingham, AL
  6. Richmond, VA
  7. Oklahoma City, OK
  8. Tampa-St. Petersburg, FL
  9. Salt Lake City, UT
  10. Memphis, TN

Three Florida cities made the "naughty list" this year, making Florida the most aggressive driving state overall. Detroit, Michigan; Raleigh, North Carolina and St. Louis, Missouri fell off the top ten worst cities this year, replaced by Memphis, Tennessee, Birmingham, Alabama and Tampa-St. Petersburg.

Nice List – The Top 10 Cities with The Least Aggressive Holiday Drivers

  1. Portland, OR
  2. Cincinnati, OH
  3. Seattle, WA
  4. Las Vegas, NV
  5. Rochester, NY
  6. Providence, RI
  7. Minneapolis, MN
  8. Cleveland, OH
  9. Columbus, OH
  10. Buffalo, NY

The most frequent aggressive driving habits during the holidays are hard braking (1), speeding (2) and rapid acceleration (3).

"The holidays can bring out both the best and worst of us, trying to run around to get everything done and prepared before the holidays, coupled with high prices and increased traffic, we see shorter fuses on the road and more stress contribute to wasting money," said Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy. "In addition to the safety element, driving aggressively and rushing around bites into consumer wallets by reducing fuel efficiency. As 2022 has brought some of the highest gas prices ever seen, taking a deep breath and slowing down while driving can improve drivers' gas mileage up to 25%, meaning safe drivers will have extra savings on hand to spend during the holiday season."

Whether motorists are traveling near or far, it's important to practice safe driving on the roads, to stay safe and save money on fuel costs. Motorists can opt-in to GasBuddy's Drives feature in the GasBuddy app to evaluate how 'scroogy' (and fuel-wasteful) they are on the road.

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