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Dangerous, poor driving habits drive up gas bills

• Apr 24, 2018 at 10:00 PM

Dangerous and poor driving habits could be costing your pocket book.

Aggressive driving habits like speeding, rapid acceleration and braking is the quickest way to waste gas and lower gas mileage by as much as 40 percent, costing drivers up to an extra $477 per year in fuel consumption.

With gas prices at the highest levels since 2015, GasBuddy revealed the states with the most aggressive drivers, causing them to make more frequent trips to the pump. While Ohio isn’t among the worst, the habits could still be costing local drivers.

Hard braking was the No. 1 aggressive driving habit. And California, Connecticut and Georgia top the list of states with the most gas-guzzling drivers on the road.

Findings indicate that populated cities and high levels of congestion are where motorists are more inclined to drive aggressively, wasting more money on fuel.

The top 10 states with the most aggressive drivers were: 

• California

• Connecticut

• Georgia

• Texas

• North Carolina

• New Jersey

• Delaware

• Florida

• Kentucky

• Arizona

California consistently tops the list of having the most expensive gas prices in the nation, currently averaging $3.56 per gallon. Combined with traffic and congestion, the GasBuddy Aggressive Driving study reveals the way Californians are driving is also contributing to a larger gasoline budget.

“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. “And with gas prices expected to continue to rise well into the summer months, simply being aware of how you drive can dramatically lower fuel costs, prevent damages to your vehicle, and make the roads safer for everyone.”

Additional findings include:

• Aggressive Driving Per Region: The states with the most aggressive drivers in each region of the U.S. include Connecticut in the Northeast, Georgia in the South, Illinois in the Midwest, and California in the West.

• Hard Braking #1 Aggressive Event: Hard braking is the most frequent aggressive driving event, making up 67% of total events analyzed, followed by speeding (25 percent) and acceleration (8 percent).

• Higher Speeds ≠ Aggressive Driving: Some of the states with the highest average speeds (52 to 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 driving events, with one event occurring every 29 minutes on average.

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