Minnesota has some of the most relaxed drivers on the roads when compared to motorists in the rest of the nation according to a new study looking at the frequency of aggressive driving.
The North Star state came in at No. 39 in terms how frequently drivers engage in aggressive driving behaviors such as speeding, rapid acceleration and hard braking, the study from the gasoline price tracking website Gasbuddy.com.
Minnesota drivers engaged in hard braking, rapid acceleration or speeding once every 14 minutes the survey of tens of millions of trips taken in the 50 states from December 2017 through March 2018. The results were tabulated from data collected from drivers who connected to the Gasbuddy app with their smartphones.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, aggressive driving such as speeding, rapid acceleration and braking is the quickest way to waste gas and can lower gas mileage by as much as 40 percent That can cost the average driver an extra $477 at the pump, said Gasbuddy's head of Petroleum Analysis Patrick DeHaan.
"With gas prices expected to continue to rise well into the summer months, simply being aware of how you drive can dramatically lower fuel costs, prevent damages to your vehicle, and make the roads safer for everyone.”
The average price of a gallon of gas in Minnesota on Tuesday was at $2.55, Gasbuddy reported.
California, which features the nation's highest gas prices at $3.56 a gallon, had the most aggressive drivers with an episode of speeding, hard braking or rapid starts reported every 6.6 minutes. The rest of the top 10 included Connecticut, Georgia, Texas, North Carolina, New Jersey, Delaware, Florida, Kentucky and Arizona.
The most relaxed drivers hail from Alaska, with an aggressive driving event occurring every 29.6 minutes, the study found. Alaska was followed by Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming.
Wisconsin came in at No. 34 with one event every 12 minutes and Iowa was 44th with one event every 16 minutes.