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GasBuddy study: drivers are 175% more aggressive and fuel-wasting during the holidays

GasBuddy—the smartphone app connecting drivers with their Perfect Pit Stop—data shows that consumers driving habits are 175% more “aggressive” during the holidays compared to the rest of the year.

GasBuddy examined millions of drives data in the US during the Thanksgiving holiday week defined as 21-25 Nov 2018, noting the frequency of aggressive events while driving: quick accelerating, hard braking, and speeding.

The top 10 states with the most aggressive holiday drivers are:

  • Georgia
  • California
  • Texas
  • Louisiana
  • South Carolina
  • Florida
  • Arizona
  • Tennessee
  • Mississippi
  • Oklahoma

The data also revealed that aggressive driving habits occur most during the beginning of the season, with more instances happening during the drive to the holiday destination versus the return from. The actual holiday day—in this case, Thanksgiving—is when it is the calmest behind the wheel, followed by Black Friday.

The findings were compiled using data from GasBuddy’s Drives feature that provides motorists with an assessment of their driving habits during their trip in an effort to improve fuel efficiency, mapping out when and where a poor driving habit occurred.

GasBuddy is a company that connects drivers with their Perfect Pit Stop. As the leading source for crowdsourced, real-time fuel prices at more than 150,000 gas station convenience stores in the US., Canada and Australia, millions of drivers use the GasBuddy app and website every day to find gas station convenience stores to shop at based on fuel prices, location and ratings/reviews.


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