Guess What? Drivers Are 175% More Aggressive and Fuel-Wasting During the Holidays

Smart phone apps can yield unexpected information. Well, actually, that’s probably their greatest value to the tech companies, but thta’s a different story. In this case, GasBuddy’s app from millions of drives shows that driving habits were 175% more aggressive during this recent 2018 Thanksgiving holiday. Specifically, events such as quick acceleration, hard braking and speeding. And cursing and giving the finger (just kidding).

Now here’s the really big surprise:

These aggressive driving habits occur most during the beginning of the holiday period, and were most intense on the drive to the destination (on Wednesday) versus the return trip. And driving on the actual holiday (Thursday) was the calmest of the whole period (Nov. 21-25).

The top ten states with the most aggressive holiday drivers were:

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

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.

This video of the 405 in West Los Angeles on the Wednesday night before Thanksgiving last year helps to explain the phenomena, as if it were necessary.

Here’s a tip: leave early on Thanksgiving morning.