Study: Florida holiday drivers make the ‘Naughty List’

by | Dec 13, 2022



  • Tucson, Arizona and Portland, Oregon top the lists for most and least aggressive holiday driving
  • Three Florida cities were featured on a list of the Top 10 Cities with the Most Aggressive Holiday Drivers

The holiday season is known for being merry and bright, but some Florida motorists are getting a lump of coal this Christmas for their aggressive driving habits.

A new survey from GasBuddy, a PDI company and the leading fuel savings platform providing the most ways and places to save money on gas, revealed 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, finding that three Florida cities — Jacksonville (No. 2), Tampa (No. 4), and Orlando (No. 8) — made the “Naughty List” this year, making the Sunshine State the most aggressive driving state overall.

According to GasBuddy, 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.

Notably, Tucson, Arizona took the top spot with the most aggressive holiday drivers, while Portland, Oregon won gold for having the least aggressive holiday drivers.

“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, GasBuddy added that it is important to practice safe driving on the roads, to stay safe and save money on fuel costs. The group noted that drivers can opt-in to GasBuddy’s Drives feature in the GasBuddy app to evaluate how ‘scroogy’ (and fuel-wasteful) they are on the road.

The complete city rankings can be found here.

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