A unique analysis by engineering and mathematics researchers at the University of Waterloo showed that speeding is the riskiest kind of aggressive driving.
Data for the study – the first of its kind - was provided by insurance companies with clients in Ontario and Texas whose vehicles had been fitted with on-board devices. It covered 28 million trips.
Researchers examined the data for possible links between four kinds of bad driving – speeding, hard braking, hard acceleration and hard cornering – and the likelihood of crashes.
“Some of the results are no surprise, but prior to this we had a whole industry based on intuition,” said Allaa (Ella) Hilal, an adjunct professor of electrical and computer engineering. “Now it is formulated – we know aggressive driving has an impact.”
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