For anyone who has ever sat in Atlanta’s rush-hour traffic, it’s easy to understand how frustration can set in. The minutes tick by, while cars barely inch along, with no end in sight.
No wonder Atlanta landed in the top five of GasBuddy’s recent study of “Top Cities with the Most Aggressive Drivers.” In fact, Atlanta drivers are 20.26 percent more aggressive than the average U.S. driver. Only Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and Sacramento ranked higher than Atlanta.
Overall, Georgia landed in the top five U.S. states with the most aggressive drivers, taking the No. 3 spot in 2018. Statewide, an aggressive driving event occurs every 8.2 minutes while drivers are going an average speed of 44 mph.
According to the study, frustrated drivers on congested roads engage in such aggressive driving habits as speeding, rapid acceleration, and braking. In Atlanta, drivers ranked No. 5 for both hard-braking incidents (11.41 percent) and speeding incidents (46.82 percent); however, it dropped down to No. 13 for rapid acceleration incidents (1.20 percent).