If you are one of the many people who constantly questionthe sanity of Floridian drivers, you are not alone. GasBuddy has officially released their rankings for the most aggressive drivers in the U.S. and Florida has again made the rankings.
Orlando comes at the top for Florida and ranked seventh on the entire list in the US. Surprisingly, Miami-Fort Lauderdale came much lower than South Floridians expected at number 17. The Tampa-St.Petersburg, Florida area came at number 19 on the list.
Traffic is a common problem for many of America's big cities and many of these cities have frustrated drivers and aggressive driving habits because of so much congested traffic. According to GasBudy, habits like speeding, rapid acceleration, and braking can lower gas mileage by as much as 40 percent, costing drivers as much as $477 per year in gas.
In GasBuddy's rankings, Orlando ranked at the top of the list for Florida cities. Central Floridians were not surprised; Orlando has so many traffic problems which can contribute to aggressive drivers. While Orlando may be home to the happiest place on Earth, being the hub of Florida theme parks could also be one of the causes for its insane traffic.
The head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy, Patrick DeHaan says that frustration while driving in congestion cities can be linked to higher gas prices in the respective states. The levels of congestion lead motorists to drive more aggressively.
Last year, GasBuddy revealed states with the most aggressive drivers and there, Florida placed number eight out of ten. GasBuddy also looked at additional factors that can lead to more frustrated, aggressive drivers.
According to GasBuddy, drivers are 1.2 times more likely to encounter aggressive driving on Friday than on Wednesday. Friday is the most aggressive day on the road with 14 percent more aggressive driving events occurring compared to the average. The most frequent aggressive driving habit is hard braking, rapid acceleration, and speeding.
People are also chiming in on Orlando's ranking.
Orlando with the trifecta: worst for pedestrians, cyclists, and car drivers.— Dan Dixon Architect (@DDA_llc) March 13, 2019
So all of Orlando is Lightning Mcqueen’s Racing Academy?— Jacque Rabbit (@JohnMacDougal18) March 14, 2019
Driving in Orlando for the first time in like a year reminds me why I used to be such an aggressive asshole of a driver l m a o— Rachael (@tinyangryangel) February 11, 2019
So no, you're not crazy for thinking Florida drivers are some of the worst in America since studies now confirm it!
You can read GasBuddy's full report here.