North Carolina home to some of nation's most aggressive drivers

- North Carolina is home to some of the nation's most aggressive drivers, according to a recent study conducted by GasBuddy

The Tar Heel State made the top five for most aggressive drivers, falling between Texas (No. 4) and New Jersey (No. 6).

On average, North Carolina drivers experience an aggressive driving event every 8.6 minutes. Those incidents include hard braking (67 percent), speeding (25 percent), and rapid acceleration (8 percent), the study says. 

“Our findings indicate that states with densely populated cities and high levels of congestion are where motorists are more inclined to drive aggressively,” said Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy.

Top 10 states with the most aggressive drivers: 

1. California

2. Connecticut 

3. Georgia 

4. Texas

5. North Carolina 

6. New Jersey 

7. Delaware 

8. Florida 

9. Kentucky 

10. Arizona 

Additional Findings: 

  • Some of the states with the highest average speeds (52 - 55 MPH) have the lowest frequency of aggressive driving events, including Wyoming (46) and the Dakotas (47-48), states with open roads and little congestion. Alaska (50) is the state with the lowest frequency of aggressive diving events, with one event occurring every 29 minutes on average. 
  • Hard braking #1 aggressive event: Hard breaking is the most frequent aggressive driving event, making up 67 percent of total events analyzed, followed by speeding (25 percent) and acceleration (8 percent). 

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