Aggressive Driving Accelerates During Holidays, New Study Says


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    Aggressive driving increases during the winter holidays, according to a new online survey. | December 09, 2013

Just the Facts:
  • Nearly a third of drivers say they are more likely to drive aggressively during the winter holidays, a State Farm and KRC Research online survey reveals.
  • Nearly two out of three U.S. drivers have experienced others driving aggressively six times or more in the past three months.
  • Young, male drivers are the most likely to speed, pass and tailgate.

BLOOMINGTON, Illinois — The journey to a shopping mall this month should be a cautious one, according to a survey that reveals that nearly a third of drivers say they are more likely to drive aggressively around the winter holidays.

The State Farm and KRC Research online survey shows that nearly two out of three U.S. drivers have experienced others driving aggressively six times or more in the past three months.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration defines aggressive driving as speeding or driving too fast for the conditions, improper lane changing or passing and tailgating.

Young drivers are the most likely to be aggressive at the wheel, the survey shows. About 32 percent of younger drivers (ages 18-29), 28 percent of middle-aged drivers (ages 30-49) and parents (30 percent) say they are more likely to drive aggressively around the major winter holidays compared to only 9 percent of older drivers (ages 50 and older) and non-parents (15 percent).

Motorists are most likely to drive aggressively when they are in traffic jams (63 percent), when they are running late (55 percent) and when roads are closed or under construction (47 percent).

"These findings reinforce how important it is to keep safety top of mind when driving every day, but especially during heavy travel times like the winter holidays," says Chris Mullen, director of technology research at State Farm, in a statement. "Both negative and positive emotions can affect the way drivers behave and it's vital to be aware of your state of mind and continually refocus your attention on the road and practicing safe driving behaviors."

The online survey of 1,000 U.S. drivers 18 and older was conducted October 25 to November 3, 2013.

Edmunds says: Regardless of where your travels take you this holiday season, be aware that there's an uptick in aggressive driving this time of year.

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