Sacramento Ranks 4th in Aggressive Holiday Drivers

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December 17, 2019
Edward Smith

Aggressive Holiday Drivers in Sacramento

Sacramento ranks 4th in aggressive holiday drivers during the holiday season, according to a recent study. This nationwide study examined drivers around the holiday week and weekend of Thanksgiving (Nov. 27 – Dec. 1). The frequency and intensity of certain maladaptive driving behaviors were observed, such as speeding, hard braking, and rapid acceleration. The primary culprit of aggressive driving in Sacramento was found to be hard braking, followed by quick acceleration and speeding. Compared to the average driver in the U.S. during the holidays, Sacramento drivers were rated as 15 percent more aggressive in their driving maneuvers.

The study was conducted using data from the optional opt-in features in a driving app. The Drives Feature in the app provides drivers with an assessment of their commonly noted driving habits during commutes, in hopes of improving fuel efficiency by pinpointing when and where a problematic driver behavior occurred.

Top 10 U.S. Cities with the Most Aggressive Holiday Drivers

  1. Atlanta, GA
  2. Nashville, TN
  3. Birmingham, AL
  4. Sacramento, CA
  5. San Francisco, CA
  6. Los Angeles, CA
  7. San Diego, CA
  8. Orlando, FL
  9. Raleigh, NC
  10. Hartford, CT

Is Aggressive Driving Really That Common?

The American Automobile Association seems to be convinced it is. Aggressive driving is more or less frequent depending on the specific type of behavior under examination. Typical actions that indicate aggressive drivers are rated from U.S. drivers as follows:

  • 51 percent admitted to intentionally tailgated another vehicle
  • 47 percent admitted to yelling at another driver
  • 45 percent admitted to honking at another driver
  • 33 percent admitted to making offensive/upset gestures toward another driver
  • 24 percent admitted to deliberately preventing another car from changing lanes
  • 12 percent admitted to intentionally cutting off another car
  • 4 percent admitted to getting out of their vehicle to angrily confront another driver
  • 3 percent admitted to deliberately running into another car

Avoiding Interactions with Aggressive Drivers

Becoming the target of an aggressive driver can be much more dangerous than you may expect. The matter of the fact is that at the end of the day, you have no idea who you are really dealing with on the road around you. Here are some tips to avoid any situations that get out of hand:

  • Allow other cars to pass you
  • Do not tailgate
  • Do not react to any offensive language or gestures that another driver directs at you
  • Avoid blocking the turn lane
  • Stay outside of the passing lane if your speed is not matching that of the rest of traffic
  • Avoid making eye contact with angry drivers

Watch YouTube Video: Beyond the Badge – Avoid Aggressive Drivers. The video below provides tips on how to avoid aggressive drivers on the road.

Sacramento Personal Injury Lawyer

I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento personal injury lawyer. If you were involved in an accident where you got injured by an aggressive driver, it is only fair to yourself to consider filing a claim against the negligent party. To learn more about what options are available to you, call me at (916) 921-6400 or (800) 404-5400. I would be more than happy to share my free and friendly advice with you and your family.

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