• Mar 11, 2010

We know some habitually bad drivers, and we're guessing you do too. Problem is, there isn't much we can do to keep them off the road until their license is taken away. Thanks to a new show on Travel Channel, we at least have an opportunity to humiliate them, or perhaps more.

The new program, called "America's Worst Driver," airs Sunday night at 10 PM Eastern and Pacific Time and is hosted by Last Comic Standing Season 3 winner Alonzo Bodden. It looks for the four worst drivers from a city, as nominated by their friends and family, to compete for the dubious title. But there is more than a mean moniker at stake here, folks. The loser from each city, or the worst of the chronically bad lot, will have his or her car crushed (by Carasaurus no less) and replaced with a bicycle and a bus pass. Ouch. The "loser" from each city visited by the show will also be flown to Los Angeles to compete for the title of "America's Worst Driver." The finalists will then compete against one another for the chance to win a new car. Hopefully that vehicle will have plenty of air bags.

The new show has reportedly already shot episodes in New York, Miami, Dallas, Chicago and San Francisco, and the competition reportedly includes a closed course driving test graded by a real live police officer. We don't know about you, but we wouldn't go on any show where there is a one in four chance of having our vehicle crushed. But if we were so bad at driving that we failed a worst driver competition, maybe it would be for the best.

[Source: Travel Channel via Kicking Tires]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I also winced when some of the 'automotive beauties' started to get scraped, scuffed, gouged...but look closer: as they scrape against things, there is ALREADY rust underneath. These cars are bondo-mobiles, given a facelift for the show. There is little to no residual value in the cars.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I am normally against all, but a few reality shows. The current exceptions being Pawn Stars, American Pickers, Andrew Zimmern, Man vs Food and Dirty Jobs. This show might make my list. Speaking of bad drivers, how about the woman who ws driving and shaving her bikini line?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I've watched some Uk and belgian episodes of this show, they didn't crashed any valuable cars, still good fun, when the brits got to drive a LHD car in Paris ^^, when they can barely drive a RHD
      • 4 Years Ago
      Instead of crushing the car,why not donate it to a charity? Or even auction it off?
        Miss Len\'
        • 4 Years Ago
        THINK!!! the vehicle owned by the "worst driver" is probably HELD TOGETHER BY DUCT TAPE TOO!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Because it wouldn't be sensational enough I suppose. I think entertainment in the states has kind of gone overboard with the sensationalistic stuff. But what do you expect from a bunch of people who don't want news or a breakdown of how events actually occur, but rather infotainment.
      • 4 Years Ago
      They should come to St. Clair County in Michigan to see the worlds worst drivers.
      • 4 Years Ago
      They could add most of the Toyota drivers trying to cash in on the current fad by failing to take their car out of gear or turning the key to accessory position (or maybe just taking their foot off the accelerator).
      • 4 Years Ago
      There's PLENTY of drivers in Dallas for them to choose from.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You're telling me.

        Living in the Pocono's currently and I have to deal with the NY and NJ drivers almost daily.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wouldn't the mere fact that the contestants know they are being recorded for a TV show change the way they drive? Then all of a sudden they become perfect drivers. Or maybe they become even worse on purpose to sensationalize the show. Either way, I'll tune in to make me feel better about my own driving.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The way it works for the Canadian version of the show is that someone has to nominate the participants, and video evidence/testimony of their bad driving habits (including a record of collisions / tickets) is part of it.

        The 'challenges' that the participants go through, are first taught by either a qualified driving instructor, or a professional race car driver (there are some manoevres taught that are considered 'extreme.') Trust me, you can tell pretty early on, which drivers have some actual SKILL, but are derailed either by attitude or anger issues, and which ones are simply clueless. In the Canadian version, one driver 'graduates' each week, until there are only 3 left. The 'graduates' have demonstrated that they have overcome whatever it was that made them a bad driver (in one case, it was actually the PASSENGER that made her a bad driver, as he aimed a constant stream of verbal abuse at her while she was driving. Once he saw video of himself, and knew that the rest of the country did too, he changed his ways pretty quick!).

        Their driving abilities are constantly reviewed by a panel that they have to answer to each week, consisting of a former Provincial Police Officer (Canadian equivalent to a state trooper), a professional driving instructor, a professional race car driver, a psychologist (who is also an avid racer), and the show host.
        • 4 Years Ago
        thats what i was thinking... the whole "reality" part of reality tv just doesnt make sense to me. once a tv camera is in someones face, no one acts the same.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I thought women already had their own shows? Guess they have one more now :)
      Bev
      • 4 Years Ago
      I worked with an ------- girl that was the absolute worst driver I ever saw. We would watch her arrive (late) for work each morning and wait to see who's car she would wipe out while parking that day...horrifying!!!! but true.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Canada has had this program for quite a long time. I'm surprised it's taken the US this long to catch up.
        • 4 Years Ago
        They had to think of ways to make it worse so that it would fail before the pilot even airs.
        • 4 Years Ago
        it's only real if it happens in US of A, as we don't know what happens on the country deemed America's hat

        /sarcasm :D
      • 4 Years Ago
      What next

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