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25th Sep '13 8:39:42 AM SeptimusHeap
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The tendency of characters in TV shows or movies who are driving to spend a dangerously long time looking at the person in the passenger seat, rather than out the windshield (or ever at the rear-view mirror, which is almost always gone).

This trope is nearly ubiquitous, so use this section to list [[SubvertedTrope subversions]] and {{lampshade hanging}}s.

Compare to DrivesLikeCrazy. Not to be confused with DrivingADesk, which is about visual effects.
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* Lampshaded in ''StrangeBrew''. While driving, the [=McKenzie=] brothers discuss how people in movies never look at the road in driving scenes. During this conversation, Doug (who's driving) swivels all the way around in his seat to face Bob directly, causing them to almost crash.
* From ''TwoFastTwoFurious'': "He did the stare-and-drive on you, didn't he? He got that from me."
** Seann William Scott plays this one for laughs in the ''DukesOfHazzard'' movie.
* In the film ''{{Amelie}}'', this is brought up as a pet peeve of the title character. It shows footage from some black-and-white movie to demonstrate.
* Lloyd drives a limo like this in ''DumbAndDumber'' while telling his passenger how dangerous drivers are today. At one point, we hear tires screeching, and shortly afterwards there's an explosion behind the car. Lloyd doesn't notice.
* HaroldLloyd takes the first example to a ridiculous extreme in his silent 1928 comedy ''Speedy''. Playing a NYC cabdriver, he picks up none other than [[TheCameo Babe Ruth]], and is so starstruck that he repeatedly turns around to chat with his hero...while driving through heavy Midtown traffic at a dizzyingly fast speed, much to Ruth's horror.
* Subverted in ''TheBlindSide''. It looks like the trope is played straight at first, but then RealityEnsues with a car accident.
* This happens for a full 20 seconds at the end of ''EverythingIsIlluminated''.
* ''Film/HalloweenII2009'' (2009) features a sequence where the driver of an ambulance would rather stare at the mouth of the guy in the passenger seat. [[spoiler: Then they hit a cow.]]
* ''Film/XXx'': When he drives Senator Hotchkiss's Corvette, Xander speaks into several cameras facing anywhere but backwards.
* Subverted in ''Film/TheDescent'', in which [[spoiler:Sarah's husband holds her gaze for a few seconds too long, drifts into the oncoming lane and crashes into a car coming the other way.]]
* The very concept of HollywoodDriving is parodied in ''Film/LastActionHero'', where Jack Slater turns around completely in his seat so that he is almost lying in the back seat and drives the car entirely with his feet, all so he can fire his gun more accurately backwards. He claims that you just need a lot of practice in a low traffic area.
* Kyle Reese in ''Film/TheTerminator'' spends half of the LA car chase yelling exposition in Sarah's face, and the other half driving on sidewalks, into oncoming traffic, screeching to stops, standing up in the driver's seat to fire a gun back over the roof of the car ... although you could argue that since he came from his particular future insane driving is justified for him.
** Subversion, since most of the exposition was given while the car was parked, the rest of the time he looked at the road and didn't bother with anything other than driving and/or shooting.
* Portrayed realistically in ''Film/MysteryTeam''. Though Leroy constantly turns around to yell at the protagonists, Duncan constantly requests that he focuses on the road. This later turns out to be good advice.
* In the movie version of ''Sleepwalk With Me,'' Mike Birbiglia narrates most of the movie to the camera (which seems to be pointed at him from the passenger side corner of the windshield) while he drives around. He rarely looks at the road.
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* In the book ''LastChanceToSee'', DouglasAdams talks about how their driver would turn to look at you when asking a question. He would not look back at the road until he got an answer, making it very hard to form coherent sentences.
* Used in the ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' series by Edward especially, who stares at Bella for long periods while driving at excessive speed. And while vampires in the series have superhuman senses and reaction speeds, Bella's clunky car does not, meaning that even when he does use his senses it's still incredibly dangerous.
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* This caused Dick and Mary to crash once on ''ThirdRockFromTheSun''.
* RealLife: Ken and Curt, from the fourth season of ''Series/CanadasWorstDriver'', have this cited as among their worst problems. And Scott from Season Six was often called "Hollywood" as an insult by his nominator, who eventually cancelled Scotts insurance. In other words, Scott was kicked off the show by his own nominator--in the ''second episode'', no less!
* TruthInTelevision: During the Alfa Romeo Challenge on ''TopGear'', Jeremy Clarkson demonstrates just how loose the steering is on Hammond's 2.0 Spyder, wiggling the wheel 30 degrees each way, and the front wheels shown on camera are not moving at all. He then Lampshades it by saying: "You can drive this car through an [[EagleLand American]] movie!"
* On ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' Gibbs drives without looking at the road while speeding and heading toward oncoming traffic, much to the terror of his team members. He's never had an accident.
** Ziva does this too, to a lesser extent.
* The ''Series/{{Friends}}'' episode "TheOneWith Joey's Big Break" has a moment where, while Joey and Chandler are travelling to Las Vegas for filming of Joey's movie, Joey mentions he's getting tired and that maybe Chandler should drive. Chandler tells him that they've only been driving for half an hour (and hadn't even left Manhattan), and that Joey hadn't looked at the road once. Joey says, "Don't worry, it's out there," looks at the road, swerves, and another car honks at him.
* ''Series/{{Bones}}'': Booth spends an inordinate amount of time looking at Bones as they talk in his SUV, instead of keeping his eyes on those busy Washington DC city streets.
** In "The Witch in the Wardrobe", this trope is subverted when Hodgins looks at Angela's camera while driving and ends up swerving into the next lane.
* ''WhiteCollar'': Lampshaded. Peter had a tendency to lecture Neal while driving and take his eyes off the road, leading to several almost crashes.
* ''TheComeback,'' starring Lisa Kudrow. Kudrow's character Valerie Cherish is driving along, and then looks in the backseat to talk to her director, Jane, only to have Jane say, "Could you please keep your eyes on the road." Mostly because Jane was in the car during Valerie's previous foray into HollywoodDriving, which ended in a car wreck.
* Shows up in an AR exhibit in an episode of ''Series/RedDwarf''. Lister and Cat are shown robotically jerking Starbug's steering yoke hard to the left, then shoving it forward. Left, forward. That'd get you in a wreck, even on an oval track.
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* Exaggerated and parodied in one ''BloomCounty'' strip when the guys are on a "Billy and the Boingers" tour. Steve Dallas calls the band together in the back of their van for a meeting, then:
-->'''Steve:''' "Waitasecond..." ''(looks around)'' "...[[OhCrap WHO'S DRIVING?!]]"
-->'''Opus:''' "Cool your jets, I put the cruise control on."
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* Dan rails against the idea of this in the commentary of an ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' comic featuring Susan and Sarah having a conversation. Susan actually points to (bits of) Sarah; all the while, her eyes are fixed on the road ahead. In fact, the only time in the car Susan isn't looking forward is when she's shown turning right.
* In a strip of ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'', Tai is driving with Faye and looking at her and talking about Dora while driving, until Faye shouts at her and tells her that she ran 3 red lights and almost hit an old woman on the sidewalk.
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[[folder:WesternAnimation]]
* The old ''ScoobyDoo'' cartoons normally had the gang driving down a road at night, Fred at the wheel and normally turning it this way and that with no apparent change in the Mystery Machine's direction.
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[[folder: RealLife]]
* Many Ford F-150s suffered from having something they called "Twin-I-Beam" front suspension (AKA swing axles), which meant that the wheel camber varied constantly as the suspension flexed going over bumps and irregularities in the road. The result was poor handling even by truck standards.
* In real life, the faster the vehicle is moving, the less you need to turn the wheel in order to turn the vehicle. Therefore, any instance of someone turning the steering wheel more than 90 degrees when they "missed their turn" at high speed is an example of HollywoodDriving. Conversely, anyone maneuvering into a parking spot at slow speed by barely turning the steering wheel is also guilty.
* Not unlike the F-150 above, 2007 and earlier Dodge Rams have what is known as the [[http://leftcoastdiesel.com/wordpress/?p=206 Death Wobble]] where the truck starts wobbling violently at high speed. It is caused by the bushing ends in the track bar and tie rod ends wearing out in less than 80,000 miles, faster if off roading. There's also the steering boxes, which tended to be junk when new, so any without play was lucky. The solution is an aftermarket steering box, or new Dodge OEM steering boxes. Dodge stopped making parts for the 2007 and earlier steering systems, thus forcing repairs into complete retrofits to the newer, more reliable system.
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The tendency of characters in TV shows or movies who are driving to spend a dangerously long time looking at the person in the passenger seat, rather than out the windshield (or ever at the rear-view mirror, which is almost always gone).

This trope is nearly ubiquitous, so use this section to list [[SubvertedTrope subversions]] and {{lampshade hanging}}s.

Compare to DrivesLikeCrazy. Not to be confused with DrivingADesk, which is about visual effects.
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!!Examples:

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[[folder: Film]]
* Lampshaded in ''StrangeBrew''. While driving, the [=McKenzie=] brothers discuss how people in movies never look at the road in driving scenes. During this conversation, Doug (who's driving) swivels all the way around in his seat to face Bob directly, causing them to almost crash.
* From ''TwoFastTwoFurious'': "He did the stare-and-drive on you, didn't he? He got that from me."
** Seann William Scott plays this one for laughs in the ''DukesOfHazzard'' movie.
* In the film ''{{Amelie}}'', this is brought up as a pet peeve of the title character. It shows footage from some black-and-white movie to demonstrate.
* Lloyd drives a limo like this in ''DumbAndDumber'' while telling his passenger how dangerous drivers are today. At one point, we hear tires screeching, and shortly afterwards there's an explosion behind the car. Lloyd doesn't notice.
* HaroldLloyd takes the first example to a ridiculous extreme in his silent 1928 comedy ''Speedy''. Playing a NYC cabdriver, he picks up none other than [[TheCameo Babe Ruth]], and is so starstruck that he repeatedly turns around to chat with his hero...while driving through heavy Midtown traffic at a dizzyingly fast speed, much to Ruth's horror.
* Subverted in ''TheBlindSide''. It looks like the trope is played straight at first, but then RealityEnsues with a car accident.
* This happens for a full 20 seconds at the end of ''EverythingIsIlluminated''.
* ''Film/HalloweenII2009'' (2009) features a sequence where the driver of an ambulance would rather stare at the mouth of the guy in the passenger seat. [[spoiler: Then they hit a cow.]]
* ''Film/XXx'': When he drives Senator Hotchkiss's Corvette, Xander speaks into several cameras facing anywhere but backwards.
* Subverted in ''Film/TheDescent'', in which [[spoiler:Sarah's husband holds her gaze for a few seconds too long, drifts into the oncoming lane and crashes into a car coming the other way.]]
* The very concept of HollywoodDriving is parodied in ''Film/LastActionHero'', where Jack Slater turns around completely in his seat so that he is almost lying in the back seat and drives the car entirely with his feet, all so he can fire his gun more accurately backwards. He claims that you just need a lot of practice in a low traffic area.
* Kyle Reese in ''Film/TheTerminator'' spends half of the LA car chase yelling exposition in Sarah's face, and the other half driving on sidewalks, into oncoming traffic, screeching to stops, standing up in the driver's seat to fire a gun back over the roof of the car ... although you could argue that since he came from his particular future insane driving is justified for him.
** Subversion, since most of the exposition was given while the car was parked, the rest of the time he looked at the road and didn't bother with anything other than driving and/or shooting.
* Portrayed realistically in ''Film/MysteryTeam''. Though Leroy constantly turns around to yell at the protagonists, Duncan constantly requests that he focuses on the road. This later turns out to be good advice.
* In the movie version of ''Sleepwalk With Me,'' Mike Birbiglia narrates most of the movie to the camera (which seems to be pointed at him from the passenger side corner of the windshield) while he drives around. He rarely looks at the road.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In the book ''LastChanceToSee'', DouglasAdams talks about how their driver would turn to look at you when asking a question. He would not look back at the road until he got an answer, making it very hard to form coherent sentences.
* Used in the ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' series by Edward especially, who stares at Bella for long periods while driving at excessive speed. And while vampires in the series have superhuman senses and reaction speeds, Bella's clunky car does not, meaning that even when he does use his senses it's still incredibly dangerous.
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* This caused Dick and Mary to crash once on ''ThirdRockFromTheSun''.
* RealLife: Ken and Curt, from the fourth season of ''Series/CanadasWorstDriver'', have this cited as among their worst problems. And Scott from Season Six was often called "Hollywood" as an insult by his nominator, who eventually cancelled Scotts insurance. In other words, Scott was kicked off the show by his own nominator--in the ''second episode'', no less!
* TruthInTelevision: During the Alfa Romeo Challenge on ''TopGear'', Jeremy Clarkson demonstrates just how loose the steering is on Hammond's 2.0 Spyder, wiggling the wheel 30 degrees each way, and the front wheels shown on camera are not moving at all. He then Lampshades it by saying: "You can drive this car through an [[EagleLand American]] movie!"
* On ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' Gibbs drives without looking at the road while speeding and heading toward oncoming traffic, much to the terror of his team members. He's never had an accident.
** Ziva does this too, to a lesser extent.
* The ''Series/{{Friends}}'' episode "TheOneWith Joey's Big Break" has a moment where, while Joey and Chandler are travelling to Las Vegas for filming of Joey's movie, Joey mentions he's getting tired and that maybe Chandler should drive. Chandler tells him that they've only been driving for half an hour (and hadn't even left Manhattan), and that Joey hadn't looked at the road once. Joey says, "Don't worry, it's out there," looks at the road, swerves, and another car honks at him.
* ''Series/{{Bones}}'': Booth spends an inordinate amount of time looking at Bones as they talk in his SUV, instead of keeping his eyes on those busy Washington DC city streets.
** In "The Witch in the Wardrobe", this trope is subverted when Hodgins looks at Angela's camera while driving and ends up swerving into the next lane.
* ''WhiteCollar'': Lampshaded. Peter had a tendency to lecture Neal while driving and take his eyes off the road, leading to several almost crashes.
* ''TheComeback,'' starring Lisa Kudrow. Kudrow's character Valerie Cherish is driving along, and then looks in the backseat to talk to her director, Jane, only to have Jane say, "Could you please keep your eyes on the road." Mostly because Jane was in the car during Valerie's previous foray into HollywoodDriving, which ended in a car wreck.
* Shows up in an AR exhibit in an episode of ''Series/RedDwarf''. Lister and Cat are shown robotically jerking Starbug's steering yoke hard to the left, then shoving it forward. Left, forward. That'd get you in a wreck, even on an oval track.
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[[folder:NewspaperComics]]
* Exaggerated and parodied in one ''BloomCounty'' strip when the guys are on a "Billy and the Boingers" tour. Steve Dallas calls the band together in the back of their van for a meeting, then:
-->'''Steve:''' "Waitasecond..." ''(looks around)'' "...[[OhCrap WHO'S DRIVING?!]]"
-->'''Opus:''' "Cool your jets, I put the cruise control on."
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[[folder:WebComics]]
* Dan rails against the idea of this in the commentary of an ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' comic featuring Susan and Sarah having a conversation. Susan actually points to (bits of) Sarah; all the while, her eyes are fixed on the road ahead. In fact, the only time in the car Susan isn't looking forward is when she's shown turning right.
* In a strip of ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'', Tai is driving with Faye and looking at her and talking about Dora while driving, until Faye shouts at her and tells her that she ran 3 red lights and almost hit an old woman on the sidewalk.
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[[folder:WesternAnimation]]
* The old ''ScoobyDoo'' cartoons normally had the gang driving down a road at night, Fred at the wheel and normally turning it this way and that with no apparent change in the Mystery Machine's direction.
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[[folder: RealLife]]
* Many Ford F-150s suffered from having something they called "Twin-I-Beam" front suspension (AKA swing axles), which meant that the wheel camber varied constantly as the suspension flexed going over bumps and irregularities in the road. The result was poor handling even by truck standards.
* In real life, the faster the vehicle is moving, the less you need to turn the wheel in order to turn the vehicle. Therefore, any instance of someone turning the steering wheel more than 90 degrees when they "missed their turn" at high speed is an example of HollywoodDriving. Conversely, anyone maneuvering into a parking spot at slow speed by barely turning the steering wheel is also guilty.
* Not unlike the F-150 above, 2007 and earlier Dodge Rams have what is known as the [[http://leftcoastdiesel.com/wordpress/?p=206 Death Wobble]] where the truck starts wobbling violently at high speed. It is caused by the bushing ends in the track bar and tie rod ends wearing out in less than 80,000 miles, faster if off roading. There's also the steering boxes, which tended to be junk when new, so any without play was lucky. The solution is an aftermarket steering box, or new Dodge OEM steering boxes. Dodge stopped making parts for the 2007 and earlier steering systems, thus forcing repairs into complete retrofits to the newer, more reliable system.
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9th Jul '13 2:02:32 AM StFan
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* ''Film/{{xXx}}'': When he drives Senator Hotchkiss's Corvette, Xander speaks into several cameras facing anywhere but backwards.

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* ''Film/{{xXx}}'': ''Film/XXx'': When he drives Senator Hotchkiss's Corvette, Xander speaks into several cameras facing anywhere but backwards.
20th Jun '13 6:59:23 PM MrBucket
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* The ''Series/{{Friends}}'' episode "TheOneWith Joey's Big Break" has a moment where, while Joey and Chandler are travelling to Las Vegas for filming of Joey's movie, Joey mentions he's getting tired and that maybe Chandler should drive. Chandler tells shim they've only been driving for half an hour (and hadn't even left Manhatten), and that Joey hadn't looked at the road once. Joey says "Don;t worry, it's out there", looks at the road, swerves, and another car honks at him.

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* The ''Series/{{Friends}}'' episode "TheOneWith Joey's Big Break" has a moment where, while Joey and Chandler are travelling to Las Vegas for filming of Joey's movie, Joey mentions he's getting tired and that maybe Chandler should drive. Chandler tells shim him that they've only been driving for half an hour (and hadn't even left Manhatten), Manhattan), and that Joey hadn't looked at the road once. Joey says "Don;t says, "Don't worry, it's out there", there," looks at the road, swerves, and another car honks at him.
11th Jun '13 12:53:53 PM maxwellsilver
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* Not unlike the F-150 above, 2007 and earlier Dodge Rams have what is known as the [[http://leftcoastdiesel.com/wordpress/?p=206 Death Wobble]] where the truck starts wobbling violently at high speed. It is caused by the bushing ends in the track bar and tie rod ends wearing out, which can happen faster if off roading. There's also the steering boxes, which tended to be junk when new, so anyone with on without play was lucky. The solution is an aftermarket steering box, or new Dodge OEM steering boxes. Dodge stopped making parts for the 2007 and earlier steering systems, thus forcing repairs into complete retrofits to the newer, more reliable system.

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* Not unlike the F-150 above, 2007 and earlier Dodge Rams have what is known as the [[http://leftcoastdiesel.com/wordpress/?p=206 Death Wobble]] where the truck starts wobbling violently at high speed. It is caused by the bushing ends in the track bar and tie rod ends wearing out, which can happen out in less than 80,000 miles, faster if off roading. There's also the steering boxes, which tended to be junk when new, so anyone with on any without play was lucky. The solution is an aftermarket steering box, or new Dodge OEM steering boxes. Dodge stopped making parts for the 2007 and earlier steering systems, thus forcing repairs into complete retrofits to the newer, more reliable system.
10th Jun '13 10:43:28 PM maxwellsilver
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* Many Ford F150s suffered from having something they called "Twin-I-Beam" front suspension (AKA swing axles), which meant that the wheel camber varied constantly as the suspension flexed going over bumps and irregularities in the road. The result was poor handling even by truck standards.

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* Many Ford F150s F-150s suffered from having something they called "Twin-I-Beam" front suspension (AKA swing axles), which meant that the wheel camber varied constantly as the suspension flexed going over bumps and irregularities in the road. The result was poor handling even by truck standards.


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* Not unlike the F-150 above, 2007 and earlier Dodge Rams have what is known as the [[http://leftcoastdiesel.com/wordpress/?p=206 Death Wobble]] where the truck starts wobbling violently at high speed. It is caused by the bushing ends in the track bar and tie rod ends wearing out, which can happen faster if off roading. There's also the steering boxes, which tended to be junk when new, so anyone with on without play was lucky. The solution is an aftermarket steering box, or new Dodge OEM steering boxes. Dodge stopped making parts for the 2007 and earlier steering systems, thus forcing repairs into complete retrofits to the newer, more reliable system.
10th Jun '13 10:28:27 PM maxwellsilver
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* A ''Series/{{Friends}}'' episode has a moment where Joey's driving, and he looks over at his passenger. The passenger tells him that he should keep his eyes on the road, to which he replies, "Don't worry, it's out there." Another episode, while he and Chandler are travelling to Las Vegas for filming of Joey's movie, Joey mentions he's getting tired and that maybe Chandler should drive. Chandler tell shim they've only been driving for half an hour (and hadn't even left Manhatten), and that Joey hadn't looked at the road once. Joey looks at the road, swerves, and another car honks at him.

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* A The ''Series/{{Friends}}'' episode "TheOneWith Joey's Big Break" has a moment where Joey's driving, and he looks over at his passenger. The passenger tells him that he should keep his eyes on the road, to which he replies, "Don't worry, it's out there." Another episode, where, while he Joey and Chandler are travelling to Las Vegas for filming of Joey's movie, Joey mentions he's getting tired and that maybe Chandler should drive. Chandler tell tells shim they've only been driving for half an hour (and hadn't even left Manhatten), and that Joey hadn't looked at the road once. Joey says "Don;t worry, it's out there", looks at the road, swerves, and another car honks at him.
21st May '13 2:24:01 AM AmyGdala
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Massive amounts of overcorrection at the steering wheel in 1950s and earlier films is a slight exaggeration of TruthInTelevision, where cars with worm-gear steering have very loose centers, prompting constant overcorrection to maintain a straight line - this part is now a DeadHorseTrope. Modern cars use rack and pinion steering, which is extremely precise, making constant overcorrection look just plain silly.

Hollywood drivers also never start or stop like normal people, but always floor the pedals and make the tires skid (especially in animation). And this is NOT used to show that they [[DrivesLikeCrazy Drive Like Crazy]] - in their world, that's normal.
20th May '13 10:51:02 PM maxwellsilver
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* A ''Series/{{Friends}}'' episode has a moment where Joey's driving, and he looks over at the passenger. The passenger tells him that he should keep his eyes on the road, to which he replies, "Don't worry, it's out there."

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* A ''Series/{{Friends}}'' episode has a moment where Joey's driving, and he looks over at the his passenger. The passenger tells him that he should keep his eyes on the road, to which he replies, "Don't worry, it's out there." Another episode, while he and Chandler are travelling to Las Vegas for filming of Joey's movie, Joey mentions he's getting tired and that maybe Chandler should drive. Chandler tell shim they've only been driving for half an hour (and hadn't even left Manhatten), and that Joey hadn't looked at the road once. Joey looks at the road, swerves, and another car honks at him.
4th Apr '13 1:45:31 PM LongLiveHumour
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* Shows up in an AR exhibit in an episode of ''RedDwarf''. Lister and Cat are shown robotically jerking Starbug's steering yoke hard to the left, then shoving it forward. Left, forward. That'd get you in a wreck, even on an oval track.

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* Shows up in an AR exhibit in an episode of ''RedDwarf''.''Series/RedDwarf''. Lister and Cat are shown robotically jerking Starbug's steering yoke hard to the left, then shoving it forward. Left, forward. That'd get you in a wreck, even on an oval track.
1st Apr '13 3:15:52 PM Qaianna
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* Shows up in an AR exhibit in an episode of ''RedDwarf''. Lister and Cat are shown robotically jerking Starbug's steering yoke hard to the left, then shoving it forward. Left, forward. That'd get you in a wreck, even on an oval track.
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