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USA & Canada Data on Aggressive Driving -
Contrasts Between States, Provinces

By Dr. Leon James

For scales: Max=10; For Percentages: percent who say they do it at times

Back to Index of All Tables USA
N=761
STATES & PROVINCES Canada
N=285

Note: States named in a contrast significantly deviate from the national average.  States not mentioned in a contrast don't significantly deviate  from the national average.  Results will be more stable when samples get bigger. For percentages, probable error=3%.;  For 10-point scales, probable error=0.5 of one scale unit.

In the USA National and CANADA National columns, asterisks (**) indicate statistically  significant contrasts between them.

 

USA
NATIONAL
AVERAGE

Significantly
more
than national average

Significantly
less
than the national average
 

CANADA
NATIONAL
AVERAGE

3.  age (mean) 34

Hawaii | Alberta

Indiana | Illinois 34
5. driving experience in years 18

Ohio | Virginia

Indiana | Illinois 18
6. Q1 rate your excellence as a driver 7.9**

Pennsylvania

Hawaii

8.1**
7. Q2 rate your own aggressiveness 5.7**

Pennsylvania
Florida | Georgia

Virginia | Indiana
Washington | Ohio
Hawaii | Illinois
6.0**
8. Q3 degree of stress you feel as driver 5.4**

Georgia | Texas

Washington | Illinois |  Indiana Hawaii
New Jersey
Alberta
British Columbia
Nova Scotia
5.0**
Q4-1-THE ZONE OF IMPATIENCE

USA

MORE
AGGRESSIVE

LESS
AGGRESSIVE

CANADA

9. speeding 5 to 10 92%

Missouri
New York
British Columbia

Texas | Indiana
Alberta
93%
10. making rolling stops 50%

Pennsylvania
Indiana | Illinois
Nova Scotia

Florida
New Jersey
54%
11. making illegal turns 15%

Hawaii | Indiana
Pennsylvania
New York
British Columbia

Virginia
Massachusetts
19%
12. not signaling lane changes 25%

Hawaii | Michigan
Missouri
Pennsylvania
Nova Scotia

Washington
Massachusetts
Alberta
British Columbia
23%
13. following very close 14%

(none)

Massachusetts 15%
14. going through red lights 10%

Pennsylvania

Illinois |  Georgia Hawaii | Virginia
Massachusetts
8%
15. failure to yield 8%

New Jersey
Colorado
Georgia
Michigan

Virginia
California
8%
16. swearing, name calling 58% Colorado
Illinois | Texas
Indiana | Hawaii
Massachusetts
60%
17. Q4-1-regularity rating for above 6.0 Massachusetts
Georgia | Florida
New Jersey
Alberta
6.0
Q4-2-THE ZONE OF HOSTILITY

USA

MORE
AGGRESSIVE

LESS
AGGRESSIVE

CANADA

18. speeding 15 to 25 mph 39%** Georgia | New York
Pennsylvania
Ontario
Colorado 47%**
19. yelling at another driver 32% Colorado | Ohio
Pennsylvania
Massachusetts
Indiana | Hawaii
34%
20. honking to protest 35%** Georgia | Ohio
Illinois | Missouri
New Jersey
Pennsylvania
Ontario
Nova Scotia
Hawaii
Virginia
46%**
21. revving engine to retaliate 11% Indiana Massachussetts
Virginia
12%
22. making an insulting gesture 24%** Texas | Illinois
Nova Scotia
Massachussetts
Michigan | Hawaii
Colorado
30%**
23. tailgating dangerously 12% New Jersey Florida
Massachussetts
13%
24. shining bright lights to retaliate 18%** Florida | Missouri
British Columbia
Nova Scotia
Alberta
Massachussetts
Hawaii
27%**
25. cruising in passing lane 11%** Indiana
Michigan
Massachussetts
Hawaii
New Jersey
9%**
26. Q4-2-Regularity rating for above 3.9** Colorado | Ohio
Georgia | Illinois
Pennsylvania
Ontario
British Columbia
Nova Scotia
Washington
Hawaii
Virginia
4.4**
Q4-3-THE ROAD RAGE ZONE

USA

MORE
AGGRESSIVE

LESS
AGGRESSIVE

CANADA

27. braking suddenly to punish 32% New Jersey
Ohio
Nova Scotia
Washington| Hawaii
California
34%
28. deliberately cutting off 15% Florida | Indiana
Texas | Ohio
Washington
California | Virginia
18%
29. using car to block the way 18% Colorado | Illinois
New Jersey| Texas
Washington
Florida | Hawaii
Massachusetts
18%
30. using car as weapon to attack 2% Pennsylvania
Ontario
Nova Scotia
(most others) 4%
31. chasing a car in hot pursuit 8%** Pennsylvania
Indiana| Missouri
British Columbia
Ontario
Nova Scotia
Massachusetts 15%**
32. getting into a physical fight 2%** Michigan
Pennsylvania
Ontario
Alberta
(most others) 5%**
33. other things in same category 8%** Pennsylvania
Indiana| Missouri

New Jersey
California
Virginia | Colorado
Massachusetts
Washington
13%**
34. Q4-Regularity rating for above 2.7 Florida | New Jersey
Nova Scotia
New York
Massachusetts
Washington
2.7
35. Q5-1 feeling anger or rage

USA

Florida | Ohio
Texas
New York| Indiana
Washington
Alberta

CANADA

EMOTIONS WHILE DRIVING 4.5

MORE
AGGRESSIVE

LESS
AGGRESSIVE
4.3
36. Q5-2 enjoying violent fantasies 2.4 Florida
Pennsylvania
Nova Scotia
Colorado| Indiana
Alberta
2.1
37. Q5-3 fear for self and family 4.0** New Jersey
Texas
British Columbia
Alberta | Ontario
Nova Scotia
3.5**
38. Q5-4 feeling comapssion 4.9 Pennsylvania
Washington
Massachusetts
Hawaii | Virginia
New York
Michigan
Nova Scotia
4.7
39. Q5-5 feeling competitive 4.9 Georgia | Michigan
Nova Scotia
Massachusetts
Alberta
4.7
40. Q5-6 feeling impatient, rushing 5.7 Georgia | Missouri
Pennsylvania
Illinois
British Columbia

Alberta | Ontario
Nova Scotia
5.4
41. Q5-7 want to drive dangerously 2.7 Michigan Hawaii | Colorado
Alberta
2.6
42. Q5-8 feeling level-headed/calm 6.7 Massachussetts
Illinois
Alberta
British Columbia
Pennsylvania
Texas
6.9
43. Q6 rate others' aggressiveness 6.3 New York
Texas
Pennsylvania
Michigan
Indiana | Hawaii
Alberta
Nova Scotia
6.2
HOW MUCH IN FAVOR ARE YOU FOR

USA

MORE
AGGRESSIVE

LESS
AGGRESSIVE

CANADA

70. Q8-1 stronger law enforcement 6.0** California | New York
Colorado | Virginia
Missouri | Texas
New Jersey
Ontario
| Alberta
British Columbia
Nova Scotia
Pennsylvania
Michigan
Indiana
6.6**
71. Q8-2 more electronic surveillance 5.4** Texas | New York
Colorado | Virginia
New Jersey
British Columbia
Pennsylvania
Michigan | Hawaii
Indiana |
Illinois
5.9**
72. Q8-3 more driver ed and training 6.8** California | New York
Texas | Hawaii

New Jersey

Alberta
British Columbia
Missouri 7.3**
73. Q8-4 more insurance incentives 8.5 California
Colorado | Virginia

New Jersey

Alberta
British Columbia
Massachusetts
Michigan
Hawaii
8.6
74. Q8-5 tougher licence requirements 7.5 California | Virginia
Colorado

Florida | Georgia

British Columbia
Illinois 7.5
75. Q8-6 tougher renewal of  license 7.0 California
Colorado | Hawaii

Illinois | New York
New Jersey

Nova Scotia
British Columbia
Pennsylvania
Ohio | Washington
Indiana |
Hawaii
7.1


Who are the Most Aggressive States and Provinces?

10 Most Aggressive
States & Provinces
10 Least Aggressive
States & Provinces
1. Pennsylvania
2.
Nova Scotia
3.
Ontario
4. Ohio
5. Georgia
6. New Jersey
7. Florida
8. Illinois
9. Indiana
10. Michigan
1. Massachusetts
2. Hawaii
3. Washington
4. Virginia
5. New York
6.
Alberta
7. California
8. Texas
9. Colorado
10.
British Columbia

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