TENNESSEE CITY RANKS AMONG LIST OF MOST AGGRESSIVE DRIVERS
A new study has examined where the most aggressive drivers in the country are and Memphis, Tennessee is among the ranks. Researchers evaluated aggressive driving behavior on both city roads and on highways, according to Insurance Business America. Memphis was the third most aggressive city for urban roads, behind Phoenix and Tucson. Phoenix also came in first for most aggressive highway drivers. Interestingly, Honolulu was found to have the least aggressive drivers on both highways and city streets.
The study took into account how often drivers hit their brakes hard or accelerated suddenly when determining if a person was driving aggressively. While insurance rates are based on numerous different factors, surprisingly, there appeared to be no correlation between states with high insurance rates and those with aggressive drivers.
Aggressive driving appears to be a commonplace occurrence in the United States, especially among males between the ages of 19 and 39, reports the Associated Press. One study conducted in 2014 found that aggressive behaviors such as yelling, gesturing angrily and cutting people off in traffic were reported by almost 80 percent of drivers. Despite this, many drivers reported feeling that their safety was threatened by aggressive drivers.
Experts believe that aggressive driving plays a role in many deadly accidents. Tailgating was reported as the number one aggressive driving behavior, followed by yelling and angry horn honking. While most forms of aggressive behavior were not particular to a certain geographical region of the country, drivers in the Northeast are the most likely to honk, yell or gesture at other drivers.