Washington has some of the least aggressive holiday drivers in the nation: Study

Seattle traffic: Busy, but not aggressive? (KOMO Photo)

SEATTLE -- Drivers in Washington may not be the best at avoiding accidents, but compared to the rest of the nation, we are pretty mellow when it comes to aggressive driving during the holiday season.

A new study by GasBuddy finds Washington drivers were involved in, by average, 6.6 aggressive driving events during this past Thanksgiving Holiday weekend, described as hard braking events, speeding, or aggressive acceleration.

That rated just 45th-highest in the nation. Only Hawaii, Alaska, Montana, Vermont and the Washington, DC area (really?) rated as less aggressive.

Most aggressive? Georgia at 11.6 aggressive events, followed by California, Texas, Louisiana and South Carolina. Florida came in at No. 6. Perhaps most surprising, drivers in New York and New Jersey came in around the middle of the pack (23rd and 24th, respectively) despite their national reputation as aggressive drivers.

Overall, GasBuddy found the stresses of the holiday season made driving habits 175 percent more aggressive than the rest of the year, which they say not only made the roads more dangerous, but contributed to lowering gas mileage by as much as 40 percent.

“As we head into December, motorists shouldn’t let the stress of the season negatively impact the way they drive. Not only is aggressive driving dangerous but it is the quickest way to lower gas mileage by as much as 40 percent,” said Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analyst at GasBuddy. “The holidays should be the most wonderful time of the year, not the most costly at the pump.”

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