Florida drivers are not known for their prowess on the road.
In fact, we’ve consistently ranked as some of the worst drivers in the nation. Wrong-way crashes have been a troubling trend in our area. The state has had the second-highest amount of pedestrian deaths in the U.S. Nearby Interstate 4 was named the most dangerous highway in the country.
We’ve also been the target of quite a few Internet jokes.
So if you thought Florida drivers were among the most aggressive speeders who brake and accelerate more rapidly than the average, a new study has proven you right.
Three Florida metro areas, Orlando, Miami-Fort Lauderdale and Tampa-St. Petersburg, have ranked within the top 20 of highly populated U.S. cities with the most aggressive drivers, according to a study by tech firm GasBuddy.
GasBuddy analyzed data from their app to look at driving habits from November 2018 to February 2019 for the top 30 metropolitan areas based on population size.
1. Tampa-St. Petersburg ranks 19th out of major metro areas for most aggressive drivers. Drivers in the Tampa Bay area are about 2 percent more aggressive than the average U.S. driver.
2. Tampa Bay drivers have 12.6 percent more speeding incidents than the average U.S. driver. The area ranked 11th in the top 30 U.S. cities with the most speeding incidents.
3. Tampa-St. Petersburg also ranks 15th for rapid acceleration incidents.
If you know you have to drive but you’re looking to avoid the worst of it, the study found that Friday was the day of the week with the most aggressive driving incidents and Wednesday was the day with the fewest. Fridays have 14 percent more aggressive driving incidents than the average, according to GasBuddy.
How is your commute to and from work? Do you find Florida drivers aggressive or do you enjoy your time on the road? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.