Top 10 States with Most Aggressive Drivers

Have you ever wondered which states in the U.S. have the most aggressive drivers? A recent study by Consumer Affairs sheds light on where aggressive driving is most rampant. The research considered several factors, including road rage incidents with firearms, aggressive driving violations, and fatal accidents due to reckless driving, to determine the states with the most aggressive drivers.

Understanding Ranking Methodology

These startling rankings were based on several key points. Here they are:

  • Road Rage Incidents Involving Firearms per 100,000 Residents: (Yes, you read that corrrectly) This metric tracks the frequency of gun-related aggressive driving incidents.
  • Percentage of Accidents Due to Aggressive Driving: This metric evaluates how often accidents are caused by aggressive driving.
  • Aggressive Driving Violations per 100,000 Residents: This includes speeding and other reckless driving behaviors.
  • Fatal Accidents Caused by Aggressive Driving per 100,000 Residents: This measures the seriousness of accidents caused by aggressive behaviors.

The Top Ten States for Aggressive Driving

Here are the findings from the study, listing states from number ten to one based on their level of aggressive driving. Enjoy and see where you stand. I'm just glad Florida is no longer on this list.

10. Georgia

Georgia is number ten with a score of 28.55, primarily due to high incidences of speeding. The state sees 0.61 road rage incidents involving firearms per 100,000 residents, contributes to 42.5% of all vehicle accidents through aggressive driving, and has a fatal accident rate of 6.53 per 100,000 residents.

9. Wisconsin

Wisconsin scores 30.63, with higher occurrences of violent incidents and serious cases of road rage involving weapons at 1.10 per 100,000 residents. Aggressive or reckless driving accounts for 56.4 percent of total crashes, though the state records a lower fatal accident rate of 5.24 per 100,000 residents compared to Georgia.

8. Delaware

Delaware ranks eighth with a score of 30.73. Despite the lowest road rage incidents involving firearms at just 0.39 per 100,000, there's a significant rate of aggressive driving violations at 2.26 per 100,000 residents, leading to higher overall and fatal crash rates.

7. North Carolina

Ranked seventh with a score of 33.66, North Carolina sees a mix of aggressive driving behaviors, with a 0.79 per 100,000 incidence of gun-involved road rage and 54.5% of crashes caused by reckless driving, marking it as particularly hazardous. Fatalities account for 7.64 per 100,000 residents.

6. New Jersey

Despite not making the top five, New Jersey is still a state where careful driving is advised, with an aggressive driving incident rate of 2.69 per 100,000 people and 72.1% of accidents attributed to aggressive behaviors. Incidents of road rage involving firearms are low, at just 0.07 per 100,000.

5. Arkansas

Arkansas makes the top five with a score of 40.95. Even with a low rate of gun-involved road rage incidents (0.10 per 100,000), the state suffers from a high number of crashes (62.3%) and a worrying fatal crash rate of 11.92 per 100,000 residents.

4. Colorado

Ranking fourth with a score of 42.44, Colorado exhibits high numbers across all metrics considered. The state's aggressive driving ticket rate is 2.83 per 100,000, complemented by a 0.81 rate for gun-related road rage incidents and involving 61.9% of all road accidents, with 7.41 deaths per 100,000.

3. Montana

Montana ranks third with a score of 42.45. With fewer tickets for aggressive driving and a low armed road rage rate, it might seem less risky. Nevertheless, 71.2% of its accidents are related to aggressive driving, with a fatality rate of 11.67 per 100,000.

2. New Mexico

New Mexico is second with a score of 44.66. It has the highest rate of gun-related road rage incidents at 2.08 per 100,000. Despite a lower percentage of accidents resulting from reckless driving (50.1%), the fatal accident rate is high at 9.94 per 100,000 residents.

1. Louisiana

Louisiana tops the list as the state with the most aggressive drivers, scoring 47.32. Although gun violence related to road rage is moderate at 0.52 per 100,000, the state experiences the highest rate of accidents caused by reckless driving at 62.2% and the most fatalities at 11.55 per 100,000 residents.

Concluding Thoughts

The striking figures from this study highlight the dire need for adherence to safe driving practices, especially in these ten states. For both residents and visitors, being cautious of aggressive drivers and using defensive driving strategies could significantly reduce the risks encountered on these roads.

Carl has a decade of experience in the car shipping industry. He has worked in nearly every aspect of the transport business since 2014, taking charge of various roles in the company such as dispatching, sales, and customer service.

During those years, Carl amassed an invaluable amount of experience which has contributed to his writing of every article and and guide on NX since taking over content in 2015.