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Study examines best and worst drivers

Who are the best drivers? The worst? Tech company Dash analyzed a snapshot of 5 million miles driven by car owners using its mobile app, Dash — Drive Smart. It analyzes driving behavior of the user, including factors like speeding, hard braking, acceleration, idling and fuel efficiency, as well as road conditions and weather. These factors are compiled into the Dash Score, out of 100. Here are some of the results:

Battle of the sexes: While men are marginally better drivers than women (score of 82 compared with 79), they are also two times as likely to stop short and three times as likely to over-accelerate.

Leading car brands: Volvo drivers get the best score (95), followed by Porsche (94) and Mazda (93). In the luxury category, Audi (93) beats BMW (86), with Mercedes lagging (86). Dishonorable mention goes to Jaguar, with a score of 64.

Cities with the best and worst drivers: Rochester, N.Y., drivers proved to be the nation's best, with Elizabeth, N.J., the worst. Their neighbors in Hoboken, N.J., were consistently the fastest drivers in the country, while those in Dallas stood out with six times more hard braking than the national average.

Where do the eco-conscious people drive? Los Angeles drivers are the greenest, driving cars with an average of 37 miles per gallon, compared with the U.S. average of 24 mpg.

Name of your ride: "Bullet" is the most popular nickname drivers gave their car, followed by "Big Red" and "Beast." "Taco," "Ol' Busty" and "Betty" also were popular.

Dash works by connecting your smartphone to your car using a self-installed device called an On-Board Diagnostic unit. The device works on any car, and helps drivers improve their driving, making the roads safer, greener and more social.

Study examines best and worst drivers 06/27/14 [Last modified: Friday, June 27, 2014 5:48pm]
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