• Jun 26, 2010

Out of Control Drivers on TLC - Click above to watch previews after the jump

You know what TV producers love? Cheap, sensational content. That, incidentally, is the Internet's number one export. Marry the two and you have TLC's newest special: Out of Control Drivers. We'll let you guess what the show's about. If you're a viral video junkie, you've likely seen a lot of these - maybe all of them - already. Still, this is can't-avert-your-eyes stuff, as demonstrated in the two videos embedded after the jump.

The first promo is just a highlight-reel trailer for the show, designed to whet your overall appetite for vehicular mayhem. The second video is a full segment showing what happens when a sleeping driver takes an unplanned detour through a gas station. Spoiler alert: things get ugly. Fast.

Out of Control Drivers airs tomorrow night at 9 PM and 10 PM Eastern on TLC. We're certainly not about to skip True Blood to watch this, but we'll toss it in the DVR queue for future viewing. Hit the jump for the previews.

[Source: TLC]




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      • 4 Years Ago
      I wished TLC would go back to being the "The Learning Channel" not "The Loser Channel".
      • 4 Years Ago
      I've seen everyone of those videos....still something to watch tho.
        • 4 Years Ago
        yup. most if not all are floating around on youtube, etc.

        I guess you can make a TV show with stuff you find on the internet
      • 4 Years Ago
      Seen overpasses hit by trucks so many times. Even worked with a guy who did that w/the company truck. 12' high box, 9' overpass. Lost about $20k in luxury doors that day - and that drive lost a job.
      • 4 Years Ago
      at 0:11 of the first video, I think the guy was pissed he got 3 strikes in the cash cab.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'll be preoccupied with Entourage and Top Gear!
      • 4 Years Ago
      There would be much less damage if "sleeper" would have been driving a CAR and not a truck.
      It is pretty hard for americans to get used to driving cars...
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's about weight and american addiction to trucks :)
        In US it is normal to drive a truck, but have you ever been to europe?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Once again though, a smaller truck will have less weight than many mid-size and full-size cars do. Mass is still mass regardless of what platform we're talking about, i.e. a mid-sized minivan can have significantly more mass than a compact pick-up. *That's the point.*

        Comparing the U.S. to Europe is and always will be Apple's to Oranges. You have smaller roads (many that predate cars), live on a compact country, so you need smaller cars. Gas prices are far higher because of the way taxes are handled, and while we take our taxes in a different way (taxed on other items more heavily)... it does still have it's effects in differences in that larger vehicles are often more favorable than smaller here vs. across the pond. Consider that we have many cars (read: not trucks, not SUV's) that are popular that are significantly larger than the more popular cars in Europe and it hits home as well. We like big cars in majority. That's been an ongoing thing. We're not alone too... look at Australia as another example. Wide open spaces, fairly solid economy, and larger vehicles. The U.S. gets more hate for their "more efficient" large car choices than Australia though, notice that? Why? We're the target, being a superpower... not Australia. If we all drove small cars, you'd all still find something to gripe over because we're... us.

        Consider the double-standard here... Clarkson goes on and on about how abysmal the U.S. is and how it's one giant ghetto, or that we're all ignorant rednecks... and then he does a video on Alfa Romeo's a few years back showing an equivalent (or worse) ghetto-like town in England, even walking through a building with broken glass that looks as bad or worse as any slum in America. He did a road test of a Mustang, called it rubbish, and said that it wasn't posh enough for a daily driver. He broke out a Corvette soon after... talks of how awesome it is, but then uses a Lotus Elise to show it's handling superiority. Ummm... how many people drive Elise's as their daily driver? My wager... it's less posh than a Mustang! LoL Sure it outhandles it... but an Ariel Atom outhandles the Elise too, it's Apple's to Oranges once again.

        Bottomline... I love Top Gear, but unless you've been to the U.S. to see things everywhere... how can you make anymore of a sweeping generalization than I can of England? At least Clarkson "showed" me that there's ghetto's in England to disprove at least one of his points. In fairness... I like Jezza... I think he's good entertainment, and at times I even agree with him (even on many of our own idiosyncrasies and quirks, even those that beg the question of a fallacy of "freedom"), but you have to take him with a huuuuuuuge grain of salt. It's entertainment for the target audience first and foremost and hating on the U.S. = common outside of this country. Some of it is definitely deserved, admittedly... but some of it is waaaaaaaaaaaaaay over the top.

        He shows you what the narrow-minded Union Jack-waving people (not all of you are but there are those that still hate us for the Revolution, seemingly... not that we don't have freak's hating on Japan still over Pearl Harbor, or African-American's hating on Caucasians because of our ancestor's in the slave trade and during the 60's during segregation when many of us weren't even born; not that I blame them as our forefather's and their ancestor's did wrong them... but hate the people that actually committed the crime, not those that are innocent bystanders that had no part) "want" to see because you want to feel superior to America. Like I said, we have those types too... that's what patriotism is all about, but just keep in mind that there's sensible patriotism... and there's blind patriotism that is ignorant of the truth.

        I am not one to say that we, as a people, are without faults because we are human, we do make mistakes, and quite honestly... even we seldom agree with one another (par for the course just about anywhere, politics, religions... conventions that are commonly disputed throughout the world on every continent)... but it's quite obvious that it's turning into a world of "kick the big nation when it's down" because of some piss-poor diplomacy on our past leaders (and to be honest, I'm of the mindset that piss-poor diplomacy goes back considerably through the 1900's). Hey... I can agree with you guys that we've had poor diplomacy (England has had it's share as well, often siding with us... an accomplice is still no better than the prime suspect), but once again... quit stereotyping that we're ALL the same, that we all think alike, that we all buy into the same things. ;) Come to Chicago, hang out on the North Side, and the North side suburbs... we'll help change your tune in at least some ways to see that it's not all slums and ghettos and narrow-minded rednecks
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ummm... whattt?!? The truck in the video is a compact GM pickup (Sonoma/S-10). There's plenty of cars that would do just as much or more damage than it. The truck, as-shown, isn't any bigger than the Toyota Tacoma/Hi-Lux really. If it was a 1/2 ton - 3/4 ton I could understand making a comment like that, but considering the reality... a Toyota Camry, Ford Fusion/Ford Mondeo, Chevrolet Malibu/Vauxhall-Opel Insignia could do just as much if not more damage based on size compared to a compact pick-up. Those aren't even the biggest cars sold here for the record. LoL
        • 4 Years Ago
        You are making a few good points, but still you are looking for excuses for those that have fat asses and need to drive big cars. You call that choice. What if majority of people are not smart enough to make their own choice without being guided? Because of this "freedom" of choice we came to the point were China is the biggest economy and US consumes 30% of worlds resources. If petrol tax in US would be bigger, they would drive less, consume less fuel and buy more economical cars. That would be better for everyone. But NO, US is afraid of limiting choice for those who have no brain of their own.

        While I was living in US I was driving Mini Cooper S. Now I am driving GTI. Both of those vehicles are a LOT of FUN to drive and they are much more efficient than 30mpg Mustang. I wonder how that Mustang achieves 30mpg? Probably by sitting in a garage?
        Prius is not environmentaly friendly at all. Compare it's emissions to LPG burning vehicles (a lot of them in Netherlands, Eastern Europe)...Electric vehicles are the same - they create CO2 in a coal plant, so from that respect LPG is much more efficient in emissions. And what about 5 year lifespan of an electric battery?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Damn graveyard shifts.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hooray! More crap television! Seriously, ask yourself this: When was the last time you learned anything useful while watching The Learning Channel? Before I gave up on TLC altogether, here's a few lessons I was able to learn:

      - Custom motorcycle are difficult to build, but always seem to be completed just in time.

      - Short people really aren't that interesting and don't deserve their own show any more than I do.

      - Neighbors shouldn't try to remodel each others' houses. Ever.

      - Car chases are bad. Lame, scripted voiceovers of car chases are worse.

      - People with eight kids probably shouldn't try to exploit their situation with a basic cable TV show.

      Okay, fine...I guess I've learned a few things. Just nothing useful.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "Into the Wormhole" with Morgan Freeman is pretty interesting. It's on the Science channel.

        Although I do agree with you on everthing else.

        You forgot NascarTV (formally SpeedTV) though.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The dude in the pickup was hauling ass! He's damn lucky he didn't kill anyone.
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