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Study: Aggressive driving increases during the holiday season

Most of us have been on the road with an aggressive driver. The aggressive driver may appear impatient and angry, honk his or her horn unnecessarily, drive above the speed limit, and unsafely weave in and out of traffic. A recent study found that motorists tend to be 175 percent more aggressive during the holidays than they are the rest of the year. Many car accidents in California are caused by aggressive driving.

The study, conducted by GasBuddy, analyzed data from GasBuddy's Drives feature that assesses motorist's driving habits during their road trips. Researchers analyzed millions of trips and determined the frequency of an aggressive event for each driver. Some of these aggressive events included speeding, quick accelerating, and hard braking.

The study looked at travel during Thanksgiving week and found that people tend to act aggressively behind the wheel at the beginning of the holiday season, as they make the trip to their holiday destinations. Drivers are apparently calmer on the way home, and tend to be calmest on Thanksgiving Day. Surprisingly, Black Friday was shown to be the second calmest day of the holiday week.

Researchers then compiled a list of states with the most aggressive holiday drivers. California came in at number 2 on the list with an average of 11.3 aggressive events per driver. Only Georgia was ranked higher, with an average of 11.6 aggressive events per driver.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly 66 percent of traffic deaths are caused by aggressive driving. If you or a loved one was injured or killed in an accident caused by aggressive driving, you may file a personal injury suit against the aggressive driver to recover damages.

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