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->''"Where'd you learn how to steer?\\
You do eighty in second gear\\
When you drive, I can't relax\\
Got your license from Cracker Jacks\\
You just hit another tree\\
These fender benders are killin' me."''
-->-- '''Music/WeirdAlYankovic''', "[[TropeNamer She Drives]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VcM9Uou77j4 Like Crazy]]"

You know this type of person. They see yield signs as merely friendly suggestions. They think [[Creator/DaveBarry yellow means "proceed while gesturing"]] and [[Creator/DenisLeary red lights mean "stop... if you want to"]]. Orange construction signs are to them [[UnstoppableRage what red is]] [[BullSeeingRed to a bull]]. They curse out the oncoming traffic for not diving off the shoulder fast enough. They refuse to use turn signals, so as not to give away their plans to "enemy" drivers. They absolutely do not give one lonely mountain-dwelling [[PrecisionFStrike fuck]] about the rules of the road -- ''especially'' not speed limits. They will probably have a lot of near misses and cause other drivers to have accidents (while avoiding any major crashes themselves), their car will be covered in dents, any passengers are in for a traumatic experience... and woe betide any driver who ''dares'' to pass them. Expect them to pop up on a SadistShow as a LethalKlutz sooner or later.

[[DiscreditedTrope To the extent that it is still a living trope]], this is often a stereotype of [[WomenDrivers women]], {{Asian|Drivers}}s, [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs female Asian]], Southern Europeans, and elderly drivers. In Russia, this is associated with Caucasian drivers[[note]]as in, [[YouKeepUsingThatWord from the Caucasus Mountains]], not the commonly used term for white people in the rest of the world[[/note]]. (God help you if you're stuck behind... in front of... beside... or on the sidewalk near an [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs old Asian]] [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot woman.]])

The TropeNamer is the Music/WeirdAlYankovic {{car song}} "[[WomenDrivers She]] Drives Like Crazy". Compare DriverFacesPassenger. See also CaptainCrash, DinkyDrivers, TheTroubleWithTickets, CarMeetsHouse, DrunkDriver. Often a cause of WatchThePaintJob or ThePreciousPreciousCar, or may be a reason someone DoesNotDrive. If the driver is ''deliberately'' trying to kill someone with their driving skills, that's CarFu. Someone in a ChaseScene or WackyRacing can be excused this sort of behavior, unless they're having far too much fun.

Antonym of the BadassDriver... most of the time.

Absolutely DontTryThisAtHome or outside. Consequences include but not limited to: suspension or revocation of your driver's license, increased insurance costs, [[BreadEggsMilkSquick injury, and death]].
* DrivesLikeCrazy/AnimeAndManga
* DrivesLikeCrazy/ComicBooks
* DrivesLikeCrazy/FanWorks
* [[DrivesLikeCrazy/LiveActionFilms Films Live-Action]]
* DrivesLikeCrazy/{{Literature}}
* DrivesLikeCrazy/LiveActionTV
* DrivesLikeCrazy/{{Music}}
* DrivesLikeCrazy/VideoGames
* DrivesLikeCrazy/WebComics
* DrivesLikeCrazy/WebOriginal
* DrivesLikeCrazy/WesternAnimation
* DrivesLikeCrazy/RealLife


* Any of the old 1980s commercials featuring Vince and Larry the Crash Test Dummies (at least ones where they actually drive), and they don't wear seatbelts either (seeing as they're supposed to encourage you to wear them by acting like morons).
* A Visa commercial has a Thai taxi driver pick up Creator/PierceBrosnan and (assuming he's carrying the actual Film/JamesBond on a mission) fulfill this trope.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* A common occurrence in the comic strip ''ComicStrip/{{Zits}}'' when Jeremy drives, resulting in the "invisible brake pedal" from his mother. Though it's at least partially that she's just paranoid, Jeremy has managed to do things like get the car on top of the garage on at least one occasion.
* ''ComicStrip/JumpStart'':
** Joe's mother Dot. Dot even runs her own driving school despite her apparently horrible skills behind the wheel.
** Dot's daughter-in-law Marcy once rode in a taxi with an abysmally bad driver. Then she noticed he had a picture of Dot mounted on his dashboard. When Marcy commented on this, he exclaimed, "You're related to Dot Cobb? Can I have your autograph?"
* Peter Fox from ''ComicStrip/{{Foxtrot}}''. He's such a bad driver, he can make a station wagon go [[UpToEleven much faster than usual]]. Once he even somehow manages to exceed the speed limit while parallel parking.
** "Hang on, that light three blocks away just turned yellow..."
** "I've tried to explain to her the effect near-relativistic speeds have on your eyes."
** "You're talking about '''nine'''-digit speeds. [[CrazyAwesome I've only flirted with four]]."
** "Look, zero G!"
** One strip in '98 had Jason playing ''VideoGame/{{Carmageddon}}'' on his computer as Paige watched over his shoulder. She noticed the game seemed awfully familiar. Last panel:
-->'''Paige:''' It's weird. I swear I've been in this car.\\
'''Jason:''' You know, now that you mention it...\\
'''Peter:''' Paige, I'm going to the mall. Need a ride?
* ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'':
** Calvin on his sled (or wagon):
--->'''Calvin:''' We avoided the tree, didn't we?\\
'''Hobbes:''' By going down the gulley and into the pond, yes.
** Also:
--->'''Calvin:''' You know, Dad, it disturbs me that this wagon has no safety belts and wouldn't survive a 30 mph collision with a stationary object.\\
'''Calvin's Dad:''' Why do you bring this up?\\
'''Calvin:''' No reason.
** One strip with no dialogue starts with Suzy making a snowman; Calvin and Hobbes are out of control on their sled, there's a crash, then the snowman is sliding on the sled, and in the last panel, [[VisualGag Calvin is on Suzy's shoulders and Hobbes is on Calvin's.]]
** Once Calvin's sled actually ''caught fire'' during a ride. Fortunately, he and Hobbes were able to extinguish it because the pond hadn't frozen yet.
* In one strip from ''ComicStrip/BloomCounty'', Opus somehow gets a car to use on a date. Milo's reaction upon learning this? "Alert Civil Defense!!"
* Loretta [[ComicStrip/TheLockhorns Lockhorn]] is not seen in a car as often as she's seen with steering wheel in hand.
* Ed ''ComicStrip/{{Crankshaft}}'' drives like crazy -- and he drives a ''schoolbus''. The strip has running gags about him destroying George Keesterman's mailbox on a regular basis, and him making kids (and their mothers) chase the bus for blocks if they weren't at the bus stop on time.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians''
** Cruella de Vil. Both the animation and the live-action.
** Horace and Jasper also do this near the end when chasing after the puppies.
* Madame Medusa in ''Disney/TheRescuers''. In [[StockFootage Cruella de Vil's car, even]]. She was originally [[WhatCouldHaveBeen meant]] to ''be'' Cruella, but she was eventually made into a new character animated using footage from ''Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians'', especially the driving.
* In ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'', Ariel is given the reins to a carriage, and ends up driving Eric's carriage over a ravine. However, after jumping the ravine, she seems to ease up a bit.
* Gogo drives like crazy in ''Disney/BigHero6'', but that's pretty standard, since they ''are'' being pursued by a supervillain at the time. The real mention is Wasabi, who creates an inversion when he still drives legally ''even when pursued by Yokai.'' Gogo takes over by sitting on Wasabi's lap.
--> '''Go-Go:''' ''[incredulous]'' Did you just put your blinker on?!
--> '''Wasabi:''' You have to indicate your turn! [[LawfulStupid It's the LAW!]]
--> '''Go-Go:''' THAT'S. IT.
* Kiina from ''WesternAnimation/{{Bionicle}}: The Legend Reborn'' intentionally when evading an attacking Skopio. She combines this with BadassDriver.
* ''Anime/PonyoOnACliffByTheSea'': Lisa. Note, though, that for all her near-misses and frightening speed, she has ''superhuman'' control of her subcompact. It's almost like watching [[LeParkour Parkour]]. She even has the nerve to bite a bit off her son's ice cream, while racing over a narrow cliff road. And she is able to outrun supernatural waves without injuring herself or her son.
* If the chariot racing sequence early in ''WesternAnimation/ThePrinceOfEgypt'' is to be believed, crazy teenage drivers have been a problem [[OlderThanTheyThink a lot longer than we currently think]].
* North in ''WesternAnimation/RiseOfTheGuardians'', much to Bunnymund's terror and Jack and Sandman's amusement.
-->'''North:''' Everyone, to the sleigh! Buckle up!\\
'''Bunnymund:''' Where are the bloody seat belts?\\
'''North:''' (''laughs'') That was just expression!
* Judging from ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'', all {{Toon}}s are lousy drivers. (After all, the RuleOfFunny is fundamental to Toons.) The weasels can't slow the Toon Patrol wagon to a stop, crashing through walls instead, and Roger himself totals Eddie's car while going on a joyride. The worst offender is perhaps Bennie [[TheTaxi the Cab]], who is first seen locked inside the Toon Patrol wagon for driving on the sidewalk. ("It was just a couple of miles!")
* Just like in the novel, Toad from ''WesternAnimation/TheWindInTheWillows1995'' has this trope as one of his defining characteristics.
* ''[[Animation/TheMindsEye The Gate to the Mind's Eye]]'' features someone in a FlyingCar doing this. Their antics include veering wildly from side to side (likely caused by the vehicle's large rear end), bouncing off walls and other structures, breaking hard and [[CameraAbuse forcing the camera view to rear-end it]], and ending in what is likely a fatal collision with a massive wall inside a sectioned-off tunnel inside a building.

* There's a joke about the New York cabdriver who went speeding through every red light. "My five brothers and I have always driven like this." Come to a green light? ''Slam on the brakes'', because one of his brothers might be coming through....
* Another joke involves the Pope, a popular televangelist, and a cabbie headed to the Gates of Heaven, only to find a long line. St. Peter asks the Pope and preacher to wait while the cabbie is allowed to jump the queue. When the two clergymen protest, St. Peter points out that folks slept through their sermons, but passengers in his cab were praying through the entire trip. This joke was often retold in UsefulNotes/{{Israel}} in TheEighties with the crazy cabbie replaced by the driver of a Jerusalem-Tel Aviv bus, for [[UsefulNotes/ArabIsraeliConflict rather different reasons]].
* Another joke with the Pope involves His Holiness asking the Popemobile's driver to let him try the car. The Pope proceeds to break as many traffic laws as he can. A cop pulls them over... and then calls the HQ: "We have an important lawbreaker here. I don't know who he is, but his driver is the Pope!" UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan was apparently fond of a similar joke that switched the Pope with UsefulNotes/MikhailGorbachev. [[ActuallyPrettyFunny Gorbachev liked it]].
* It's said that in America, they drive on the right side of the road; in England, they drive on the left; and in Naples, they drive on the shady side of the road.
* Also been said of many countries' drivers that the traffic code is as follows: "As long as you don't crash into anything, and as long as the Law doesn't see it, it's A-OK".
* So one nun says to the other nun, "You drive, I'll pray." The other nun replies, "What's the matter, you don't trust my praying?"
* In Philadelphia, when you see a yellow light, you can slow down and stop if you want to, but the guy behind you isn't expecting you to.
* Then there's the one about the guy who gets a call from his wife on his way home from work, warning him that she heard in the traffic report about some crazy guy who's driving on the wrong side of the road. His reply: "It's not just one guy. ''Everyone'' on this highway is driving on the wrong side!"
* New legislation is passed in the United Kingdom in order to bring it up to speed with the rest of the world, including driving on the right. In order to facilitate the transition, it is decided that the new rules of the road will at first apply only to trucks and buses.
* There's a standing joke in Japan about American military personnel driving cars ([[SelfDeprecation often told by American military personnel]]). Due to various difference in road laws, but most importantly, the right-left side of the road thing. Also expect American drivers to [[DamnYouMuscleMemory accidentally try to signal a turn]] by [[DrivingStick turning on their windshield wipers]].
* Two young Scots are visiting America and speeding along the road when they are stopped by a police officer. The officer says to the driver, "You were going 70 miles per hour. The speed limit is 45 miles per hour. I have to give you a ticket." "But the sign says I can go that fast," says the driver, pointing to a nearby road sign. "That says ''Route'' 70," says the officer, exasperated, "That's not the speed limit, it's the road number." Then he notices that the guy in the passenger seat looks like he is going to throw up. He asks the driver, "What's wrong with your friend there?" The driver responds, "Oh, we just got off Route 130!"[[note]]This joke is doubly funny to people from [[UsefulNotes/NewJersey South Jersey]], since [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Jersey_Route_70 New Jersey Route 70]] intersects [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._Route_130 U.S. Route 130]] in Pennsauken Township, New Jersey. About 20 miles away, it intersects [[UpToEleven Route 206]].[[/note]]
* There's a joke that there are no "high speed chases" in UsefulNotes/{{Houston}}. ''Everyone'' drives like that. A popular joke is that Houston comes with two built in racing tracks, Interstate 610 and Beltway 8, with a third (Highway 99) under construction.
* There's a joke in the the Philippines that goes: Westerners say Filipino drivers don't know how to drive on the road. Filipinos say those Western drivers don't know how to ''survive'' on the Philippines' road.
* Two people are driving at high speed on a twisty mountain road.
--> '''Passenger:''' Can't you slow down? I damn near get a heart atack every time you take a curve!\\
'''Driver:''' Just close your eyes when we go around the bend. ({{beat}}) It's how I manage.

[[folder:Mythology and Religion]]
* In Literature/TheBible, King Joram's watchmen recognize Jehu as he approaches the palace in his chariot, because "the driving is like that of Jehu, son of Nimshi, for he drives like a madman" -- an old term for someone who fits this trope is actually that "they drive like a Jehu."
* One story from Myth/ClassicalMythology involves Helios's son, Phaeton, wanting to drive his chariot (which served as the actual sun in these myths) to prove he was really his son. Sources vary on whether or not Helios agreed (the versions where he doesn't tend to say Phaeton just took the chariot anyway), but they all agree on the aftermath: Phaeton lost control and the earth would have burnt to a crisp if Zeus hadn't struck him down.

[[folder:Print Media]]
* Creator/DaveBarry on Florida driving:
** He has joked that in Miami, if you use your turn signal, "the other drivers will be alarmed and start shooting".
** He claims that everyone there obeys the traffic laws... of his or her own country of origin.
** In one song he wrote, he compared driving on the Miami section of I-95 to skydiving and deep-sea diving in terms of thrill/danger level.
** He joked that a lot of people in Florida "have a ''big'' problem grasping the concept of arrows." Like going in the lane with an arrow curving to the left and using it to turn right.
* Dave Barry on New York taxis:
** "The taxi has some kind of problem with the steering, probably dead pedestrians lodged in the mechanism."
** Dave Barry joked that they go 175 miles per hour, but slow down to 125 MPH to "take better aim at wheelchair occupants."
* Dave Barry, talking about Italian drivers, claimed that speed limit signs were useless there, on the grounds that none of the drivers could see them, since "light cannot go as fast as Italian drivers do".

* The "Wrong Turn" mode in Creator/WilliamsElectronics' ''Pinball/{{Indianapolis 500}}'' is about an UsefulNotes/IndyCar racer who races off the track, gets directions from a farmer, and ends up stuck in traffic for his troubles.
* The backglass for ''Pinball/VacationAmerica'' shows the family wagon flying offroad and crashing through a "Road Closed" barricade.

[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* ''Series/{{Thunderbirds}}'':
** Lady Penelope. Amazingly she managed to drive [=FAB1=] to the Bank of England without a scratch to the car, although the same can't be said about various hedges and another car she encountered on the road. Her driving improves in a later episode though. She normally leaves the driving to her many-talented butler Aloysius "Nosy" Parker, to the relief of all.
*** Although one should not forget that Parker is canonically not only a former safe-cracker, but also a former getaway car driver. Still, the trope is averted in that Parker is generally a safe driver, even when he appears to be reckless.
** Another female driver is responsible for the disaster in "City Of Fire" when she crashes a car in the garage of the world's tallest building. [[DudeNotFunny Amazingly, this is treated as a joke in the tag scene]].

* ''Radio/CarTalk'': Click and Clack always sign off with "Don't drive like my brother".
* Worra the minicab driver (CatchPhrase: "As the Pink Floyd say: Set the controls for the heart of the suuun!") in ''Linda Smith's A Brief History Of Timewasting'':
-->'''Linda:''' Worra, [[ICantBelieveImSayingThis I never thought I'd say this]], but drive as fast as you can!\\
'''Worra:''' Hahahah! Linda, do you want me to lose my licence? Hypothetically speaking...

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/HollowEarthExpedition''. Any character with the Reckless Driver skill in the ''Secrets of the Surface World'' supplement.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''
** In the ''Apocalypse'' expansion, an [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Ork]] [[XtremeKoolLetterz Trukk Konvoy]] is a squadron of light transports racing each other to the front line. Their "Oops, Da Wheels Slipped" rule gives a Trukk a speed boost if it [[CarFu sideswipes]] one of its squadmates, potentially destroying it. Speed Freaks are orks considered insane by other orks, having no regard for safety as they only seek to go fasta.
** Then there are the Orks who crew Looted Wagons, because the only thing worse than an Ork driving an Ork-made vehicle is an Ork driving a vehicle ''not'' made by Orks, leading to a certain measure of awkwardness when it comes to things like knowing which controls do what. The net result is that Looted Wagons are prone to ''even more'' erratic driving than most Orks can manage, since usually if one of them rams you, they at least meant to do it.
** Then there is Wazdakka Gutsmek, who is attempting to construct a portal network so he can drive his bike from one end of the galaxy to the other without having to use the brakes. And who at one point ramped his bike through the void shields on an Imperator-class Titan to get at the crew. While he was on fire.
** The Kult of Speed are orks considered dangerously fixated on achieving high speeds... by other orks.
** The White Scars chapter of SpaceMarines: Space Mongols who've replaced horses with giant motorbikes.
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' has [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=368964 Goblin Test Pilot]]. When it becomes tapped, it's going to slam into something - it's just that nobody knows ''what''. It could run over that inconvenient 1/1 on the enemy side that's screwing with your plans, it could ding your opponent in the head, it could mildly annoy their giant monster, it could ding ''you'' in the head, or it could commit explosive suicide. There's no way to know.

* While most of Creator/{{Euripides}}' play ''Phaëton'' is lost, it is a ForegoneConclusion that it was all about this.

* ''Monster 500'' is a toy line with an AP from Toys R Us where the objective is to race die cast monsters in race cars around horror themed tracks, like "Toxic Terror" and "Graveyard Gauntlet". It's very much like a non-video game VehicularCombat scenario.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* In ''VisualNovel/GrisaiaNoKajitsu'' Yumiko and Michiru are terrified of having to ride with Amane to the beach. Michiru as the buttmonkey of the group is forced into the role and arrives a twitching, incoherent mess after Amane decides she needs to have a street race with some punk. By ''VisualNovel/GrisaiaNoRakuen'' she's generally forced into the car with Amane at every opportunity and for flimsy reasons, leaving her basically on the verge of tears while stuck with the "green demon." She's actually fallen out of the car ''twice'' thanks to Amane's recklessness.
* In ''VisualNovel/MalusCode'' The professor of the polar resarch lab, Suzukake was driving her students to the onsen after reciving a large sum of money, despite certain circumstances. Before the trip, upon announcing that Suzukake will be driving, Yuri becomes very silent, and bails on the trip at the last minute, to Will and Yae's surprise and terror, Suzukake was speeding and drifting , all the way there.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* The Evil Guitarist from the ''WebAnimation/PimpLando'' series runs over/crashes through old ladies, children, cats, skeletons, giant coffee mugs, Darboe, and, of course, [[ButtMonkey Mr. Smiles]]. Three times. In the same episode.
* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'':
** A running gag is that due to [[DysfunctionJunction the general level]] of (in)competence on both sides, basically no-one can drive. Especially the Warthog ("[[InsistentTerminology I say it looks more like a Puma]]") which on several occasions runs people over and even more dangerously, the tank, and Caboose's attempts to drive it in the first season actually result in Church's death ([[BackFromTheDead he gets better]]).
** Jensen, a member of the Chorus New Republic in Seasons 12 & 13, is a skilled mechanic, but a terrifying driver. Lopez has described her driving as "a cross between a young teen and an old lady. Who is also blind." In Season 13, she manages to [[NoodleIncident somehow]] cause a fiery multi-car pileup despite going down a straight, simple road at five miles per hour.