"Where'd you learn how to steer?You know this type of person. They see yield signs as merely friendly suggestions. They think yellow means "proceed while gesturing" and red lights mean "stop... if you want to". Orange construction signs are to them what red is 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 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. To the extent that it is still a living trope, this is often a stereotype of women, Asians, Southern Europeans, and elderly drivers. In Russia, this is associated with Caucasian driversnote . (God help you if you're stuck behind... in front of... beside... or on the sidewalk near an old Asian woman.) The Trope Namer is the "Weird Al" Yankovic car song "She Drives Like Crazy". Compare Driver Faces Passenger. See also Captain Crash, Dinky Drivers, The Trouble with Tickets, Car Meets House, Drunk Driver. Often a cause of Watch the Paint Job or The Precious, Precious Car. Contrast Badass Driver. If the driver is deliberately trying to kill someone with their driving skills, that's Car Fu. Someone in a Chase Scene or Wacky Racing can be excused this sort of behavior, unless they're having far too much fun. Absolutely Don't Try This at Home or outside. Consequences include but not limited to: suspension or revocation of your driver's license, increased insurance costs, injury, and death.
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."
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."
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- 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 Pierce Brosnan and (assuming he's carrying the actual James Bond on a mission) fulfill this trope.
Anime & Manga
- Taeko from Ai Yori Aoshi is praised as a good driver, by the proprietor of an arcade. Tina, Kaoru, and Chika are just relieved to be alive.
- Haruko from Air terrorizes the neighborhood on her motorbike.
- Every named character in the manga version of AKIRA. Then again, aside from intentionally reckless motorcycle hoodlum Kaneda, we mostly see them trying to control military vehicles they weren't trained for. Special mention goes to Kaneda, Kei and Chiyoko for pulling off an honest-to-goodness tank rampage.
- From Air Gear, the character Tomita, the homeroom teacher for the protagonists, drives so poorly that they end up knotted together when they exit. How that's possible, nobody knows.
- Axis Powers Hetalia:
Japan: Is it okay with the traffic laws—EEK?
- North Italy terrified Japan once when giving him a car ride. Hence, why Japanese cars are so safety-oriented now.
Italy: Traffic? I've never eaten that sort of thing.
- Azumanga Daioh: Yukari Tanizaki is hands-down the queen of crazy driving. Some AMV-producer combined the trope-naming song and the insane driver into this nice AMV. Click to watch. She drives a badly beaten-up Toyota held together with two pieces of wire, white glue, and the will of the Almighty. Poor Chiyo-chan ends up mentally scarred for life after just one ride with her, and will get Color Failure at even the mention of "the Yukari-mobile". ("Pleasestoppleasestoppleasestop...") According to Chiyo, Yukari varies between driving too fast, too slow, and tends to not notice details such as surrounding traffic and pedestrians. Seconds into the third year trip to Chiyo's summer home, Yukari forgets the car is in reverse...in Chiyo's yard. She then blasts past Nyamo's car, laying on the horn and mocking Nyamo...who is stopped at a red light...
Osaka: [watching from Nyamo's car] They're flying...
Kaorin: The nice thing about roller coasters, they don't get into collisions...
- After her first ride with Yukari, Chiyo-chan takes measures to avoid becoming Yukari's passenger again, including placing herself in Nyamo's car the very instant she found out that Yukari was the other driver during the third-year trip. In the manga, it's implied that the ride scared the poor girl off riding in vehicles altogether. Hearing this, Kaorin goes into a panic and is reluctant to take the ride in Yukari's car but decides to do it anyway because Sakaki was willing to do it. Yukari's little slip-up in the front yard terrifies Kaorin to the point of Color Failure. She ends up totally shell-shocked by the time they get there.
- On the plus side, victims of the Yukarimobile tend to report conquering their fear of roller-coasters.
- Only Isaac Dian could drive a slow moving Model-T in a straight line and accidentally run over four people. Okay, so that first smack against Dallas was intentional, but backing up and parking on him and his buddies was probably not. Good thing for that healing factor.
- In the 2001 novel, Maiza of all people is accused of this by his passengers. Said passengers are immortal, and are therefore not likely to be all that upset about run-of-the-mill crazy driving.
- Arianna of Campione! drives at highway speed on narrow streets, twice that on highways, and seems completely unaware of how close she comes to killing everyone while driving. Despite this, she has never had an accident.
- Hyoma Aoi from Combattler V. He is not a lousy driver but a Badass Biker, but he likes a bit too much having fun as he drives. In his first appearance he caused a traffic accident because he broke the limit speed and several patrol cars were trying to catch him. All of his chasers crashed into each other, but he avoided to crash.
- Rosette from Chrono Crusade. One of the first things she does after we're introduced to her is completely total her car. In the anime she destroys several. Even the mangaka doesn't know if she actually has a license.
- Detective Conan:
- Satou Miwako. A case focuses on her insane driving skills, and Movie 11 opens up with her at the wheel in a high-speed car chase that has Takagi clutching the "Oh Shit" handle for dear life.
- Aldo Yukiko Kudo, Shinichi's mother, serfing her car through the big apple in The Golden Apple part one.
- Dragon Ball Z:
- Goku. Just watch the episode where he and Piccolo try to learn how to drive.
- Piccolo's driving instructor. She not only manages to scare Piccolo, who wonders aloud if she even knows what she's doing, but encourages him to race against Goku over bad terrain.
- Chi-Chi , if episode 8 and this ending to GT will prove. And she's the one who told Goku to get a license.
- Not only did Agon of Eyeshield 21 hijack a car, but by using his God-speed impulse reflexes, he knows exactly when and where to make sharp turns to avoid the sane drivers. Did we mention he hijacked an American car?
- Haruko from FLCL has caused more than her share of accidents — on a motor scooter, no less. In one episode, she pulls out in front of traffic which causes the entire lane of cars behind her to spontaneously begin flipping end over end◊ (presumably from slamming on the brakes so hard). Her Vespa is also her means of FTL Travel, so obviously she can go at supersonic speed on it through the town. No problem!
- An unrelated Yukari in the manga Family Compo manages to scare the hell out of her entire family while out practicing for the first time in fifteen years. She'd managed to turn into the wrong lane and drove against traffic for a while. Also has a poor grasp of what speed is appropriate.
- Irisviel in Fate/Zero is not as good a driver as she thinks she is. Since Saber can't really be harmed by physical means and is fast enough to save her if there's an accident, both of them get to enjoy going around 65-90 miles an hour through winding terrain at midnight without ever stopping for petty concerns like traffic lights or being on the correct side of the road. Even Saber has a better grasp of traffic laws and car operations than her, and she's a Knight in Shining Armor from the medieval era. Saber also qualifies in that she has the ability to pilot absolutely anything, including a jetliner, and likes taking potholes and coastal roads at upwards of 60 miles per hour.
- Fullmetal Alchemist gives us Roy Mustang, who apparently is in the habit of looking away from the road while talking to his passengers. This is probably one reason why his staff usually drives for him.
- Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu:
- A female cop who decides to chase Sousuke and Kaname (who are riding on a bicycle) down in her police car. Her car flies off edges of the street, rams into barriers and signs, and she is laughing maniacally as her partner is panicking. This scene is just a one long Shout-Out to the Natsumi Tsujimoto being Late for Work in the first You're Under Arrest! OVA. Doubly ironic because there it was only Natsumi who drove that way, but here it is for BOTH parties.
- In every instance of Sousuke driving, he's been shown to blatantly ignore rules or almost get into accidents. Most of his driving skills seem to be designed for dangerous car chase missions. Even riding a bicycle is crazy when it involves him.
- Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex: Maj. Motoko Kusanagi. Although most of the time she remains at the level of Badass Driver with a Cool Car, the time when she plowed her vehicle straight through the front doors of a hotel and up a flight of stairs before screeching to a halt where the lounge's coffee table used to be, among other incidents, pushes her into this territory. And that's without getting into the fact that she dives the 'net while driving.
- Chibodee Crockett treats speed limits as optional. His Four-Girl Ensemble is divided in opinion about how much fun it is.
- Woolf Einnacle was a professional racer before joining the Federation forces, and is quite open in demonstrating his skills to young Flit and Emily—whether they want to see or not.
- Rally in Gunsmith Cats. She's not incompetent, indeed far from it, she's just... enthusiastic. As in does-180-degree-skid-into-parking-space-on-other-side-of-the-road-level enthusiastic. This, combined with her tendency to get into high-speed car chases with dangerous criminals, is the reason she can't get collision insurance anymore.
Rally: <innocently as she leaves perfectly parked car> "What's wrong?"
May: <staggering out of the passenger seat> "C-carsick...."
- A variation in the manga Hana the Fox Girl. Aoi the dragon is, like all of his kind, a natural born flyer. However, he has trouble finding the standard dragon work (such as a carriage or messenger for the gods) because he's absolutely terrible at flying. Hana describes it as like a roller coaster they saw on TV "but with waaaaay more spins and turns!"
- Arakawa in the Haruhi Suzumiya novels, who also doubles as a taxi driver for The Agency. Played for laughs in the Self-Parody Haruhi-chan.
- Humanity Has Declined: The first thing we see Y do is nearly run over "Watashi" with her fancy steam-powered car.
- Bunta, Takumi's father from Initial D. Especially when he calmly pulls out and lights a cigarette in the middle of a drift. When that happens, Takumi's boss looks horrified.
- Touko Aozaki from Kara no Kyoukai proves to be a mild example of this in the third movie, judging by Mikiya's reaction to her careening around corners, and in the fifth it's revealed that she never went to driving school. It's also implied that this may be a trait of mages in the Nasuverse in general since most of them are rather odd and many of them abhor modern technology.
- While he seems to be a good driver in the games, Sora is shown to be a hilariously bad pilot for the Gummi Ship in the manga adaptation for the Kingdom Hearts series.
- Love Hina:
- Seta. Never merely parks, instead emerges bloody, battered, and oblivious from the twisted wreckage of his van. In one particular instance, Seta's car explodes (in the distance), crashes into the stairs Keitaro and Naru were on, rolls down the stairs, and explodes again. And Seta gets out, smiling, while his back is on fire and he's bleeding from his forehead.
- In the manga, when Keitaro returns from his time overseas, he's learned to drive — from Seta. Predictably enough he takes after his master, right down to parking his van on its roof. The very first place he crashes, unsurprisingly, is smack dab in the middle of the girls' hot spring interrupting the girls' climactic confrontation with Kanako. Their driving styles are so identical that they just assume it's Seta till he steps out of the car.
- Yui in Lucky Star... despite working as a traffic cop! (She was obeying the speed limit, despite the stunts she pulled!) Considering the entire first time we see her drive is an Initial D Shout-Out, that is saying something. It's also worth noting that despite driving like a maniac, she proves herself to be extremely skilled in driving, pulling off some truly amazing stunts.
- Nurse Youko from Mai-HiME. Hearing one single, high-pitched, utterly terrified scream from Midori as Youko drives away should clue you in.
- Koji Kabuto from Mazinger Z. He is not a bad driver. Oh, no. In fact, when he drives he is the only person on the road who is absolutely safe. He is a Badass Biker who believes traffic regulations are mere suggestions, speed limits are a myth and bikes were made to pull crazy stunts with them.
- Hinako from Murciélago, to an insane degree. Aside from your standard insane driving, you can also add to the list driving down train tracks to catch a train and driving on rooftops so she can find Kuroko.
- Raikou from Nabari no Ou takes the wheel on one occasion, telling Yukimi to take a "nice break". He manages to drive the car into a river.
- Neon Genesis Evangelion:
- Misato is often thought of this way in fanon, but this is something of a case of Never Live It Down because the first time she did it was deliberate — she was out to scare Shinji. She also did it at the start of Rebuild 2.0 when the water-skimmer Angel attacked (drifting at high-speed on the overpass).
- To a lesser extent, Mari also fits this trope while using Unit 05 (it has wheels instead of legs).
- Mihoshi from the No Need for Tenchi! manga tried to learn how to drive. It did not go well. Then she got in a Chase Scene, and all was forgiven, somehow.
- Pani Poni Dash! has Old Geezer, who Becky is lead to believe is the owner of the shiny green MGB parked out on the school grounds. Old Geezer tricks her into taking her for a ride with the car, only for Miss Igarashi to come out and ask who just drove off with her car. The following scenes afterward show Old Geezer driving so fast over Antarctica and nearly hitting a frozen woolly mammoths. Becky's scream could be heard from space, and she understandably develops a fear of cars.
- Misaki in The Pet Girl of Sakurasou, as evidenced in episode 7.
- Everyone who can get their hands on a vehicle in the Pokémon anime.
Episode 2's Officer Jenny: Sit down, hold on and don't scream!
- In episode 119 of Ranma ˝, the main cast (and a one-off character) take part in a kart race for a full-course dinner. The results are exactly as expected as the majority keep crashing and bashing into one-another, causing a complete pile up. The only two not like this? Nabiki and Kasumi, who took their time.
- Aria from Rising × Rydeen whose first meeting with the main character was right after she nearly hit him with her car and her driving has the main character and her tough looking bodyguards vomiting after they reach their destination.
- Exemplified with Straight Cougar of S Cryed. Not only does he drive like a maniac, his "special ability" is to essentially transform the car into the most over-the-top dragster in the world. His crazy driving is more the result of him always pushing his driving abilities to as far as they go than him being a bad driver. He's actually a very talented driver. Nonetheless this often leaves Mimori sick to her stomach, if not puking.
- Eudial from Sailor Moon S. Her preferred way to show up in front of the Victim Of The Week is pulling an epic Car Fu. She was so bad that it was a very easy thing for Mimete to tamper with her car and get her killed at the end of her mini-arc.
- Kanbara from Saki, as revealed in the manga. Leads to a fun scene with Momo clinging to Yumi in fear as Kanbara takes turns at full speed while driving the team's van.
- Tomoe from Sasameki Koto. We don't actually see her driving, but afterwards the car looks like it's been in a warzone. And then it explodes.
- Sgt. Frog: Aki Hinata has a car as well. She is already known as a terror on the mountain roads in the series and is implied to have traversed miles of implausible terrain in a Citroen 2CV in the fourth movie.
- Subverted by Hiyori in Sketchbook, who intends to demonstrate some wild driving to her students, but forgets to disengage the handbrake, resulting in travel down main roads at approximately ten miles an hour at best. She doesn't even realise why they were going so slowly until the group are on the way back.
- In the Trinity Blood anime, Sister Esther attempts to drive, and nearly gives Abel a heart attack.
- Uchuu Kyoudai has Deneil Young who drives like crazy, and also happens to be a pilot instructor who flies like crazy. Most ASCAN candidates try to avoid Deneil Young because nobody can stomach his flying, and everybody hurls on their first flight with him. Oh, and he also practices using a wheel chair (even though he can walk just fine), and he drives like crazy with that too.
- For that matter, there is also Vincent Bold, who always drives extremely quickly because he has an obsession with avoiding wasted time. He also takes pleasure in intimidating ASCAN candidates with his driving (and gauging their reaction).
- Aforementioned chase in the first You're Under Arrest! OVA. Natsumi is really a genius when it comes to anything on the two wheels, but she was really late that morning. And she just couldn't drive a car, where she plays this trope dead straight, to the point that her inability to get a four-wheeled license (and she's a traffic cop, dammit) is a major source of comedy in a couple of episodes.
- In Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, Jim Crocodile Cook does this — in a fossilized truck. Season 4 gives us Saiou saving Juudai by running over the Trueman clones with a van' and then escaping on a motorcycle.
- In Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's, being able to do this without killing yourself is a prerequisite for a duelist who uses a D-Wheel, which means most duelists in the series; the faster the D-Wheel duelist drives, the more powerful the Speed Spells he can use, and the top speed can be around 140 MPH. In the second season, when D-Wheels become far more popular, Neo Domino (and presumably other major cities) take serious steps towards public safety, restructuring the highways to adapt for D-Wheel duels, and switching to the new "Speed World 2" card with that in mind.
- Top 10 has a Zen taxi driver that wears a blindfold: "I don't drive the cab, the universe does." He doesn't take you where you're going, he takes you where you need to be. And he always gets there, though not as tidily as he thinks: there are crashes and swerves all around him.
- Delirium from The Sandman comics is, apparently, a very good driver. (Well, she says so.) She is an Anthropomorphic Personification, however, so perhaps mortal traffic laws and her passengers might not understand the fact.
- In the book Tintin The Calculus Affair, the eponymous boy reporter enlists the aid of a local Italian in pursuit of ne'erdowellery. The Italian overturns the local bazaar in his enthusiasm (as well as displacing Captain Haddock between the front and back seats at every bump) before being pulled over by a police officer... who lets him off with a warning because his name is too long to fit on the ticket.
- Prof. Calculus in Tintin Destination Moon... okay, he was very angry at that time. He also says that one of these days, he'll learn how to drive. "In this day and age, a man owes it to himself to know how to drive!"
- Elsa Bloodstone in Nextwave drives on the left in America and taunts the "colonials" to drive on the "proper side", before smashing her jeep into a gigantic cyborg.
- A large part of Ghost Rider's shtick is taking 90-180 degree gradesnote at speed among other supernaturally enhanced motorcycle stunts.
- In one Marvel Adventures: The Avengers comic, Ka-Zar the jungle hero is visiting New York, and thinks he should get a driver's license (there aren't any cars in the Lost World where he lives). Everyone is terrified at the thought of having to be his tutor, since he fits this trope, and never realizes what their problem is.
- The Joker. Vehicular is his 11th favorite form of homicide!
- In some early issues of Justice Society of America, Dr. Mid-Nite was sometimes shown to drive the car. The problem here is that Dr. Mid-Nite is blind, and while it was never really addressed most fans assume this was the result. Most likely the artist simply didn't think it through.
- This gets a Continuity Nod in the 1990s JSA miniseries, in which GL, Flash and Mid-Nite hire a car and Jay comments that they shouldn't have told the hire firm Charles would be driving...
- In the Sin City story A Dame to Kill For, Marv is shown driving this way as he engages police officers in a car chase while Dwight McCarthy, who he's trying to take to Old Town following his betrayal by the title dame, is bleeding to death in the backseat. Marv spends the entire time talking about country music and doesn't even notice the carnage around him.
- It's a good thing that Gaston Lagaffe's Fiat 509, being The Alleged Car, is so slow that it can be outrun by pedestrians... because otherwise, he'd be a very dangerous driver. In one unfortunate attempt to speed up, he managed to overturn the car, which kept rolling on the couple bicycles that were tied to the roof. Gaston also once managed to get into a front-front collision... with a boat (the river had frozen over).
- The National Lampoon did a comic-book format PSA "Heading for Trouble" where two sane-looking middle-aged men drive like lunatics while guzzling liquor, causing accidents, throwing road flares into the forest, one steering while the other works the pedals...
- Spider-Man didn't really see the point of getting a driver's license since he lives in New York and already had a cool way to get around. When he finally did get a normal vehicle, it was a motorcycle, not a car. And then the Spider-Mobile came into existence. Despite being the worst case of The Alleged Car ever and being completely unnecessary, the really awful thing was how much Peter sucked at driving. The Spider-Mobile was ditched and he's since gotten an actual license, but he still isn't someone you'd want driving you back from the airport. One story has Spider-Man driving the Spider-Mobile (which could drive on walls much like its owner/namesake) on the Daily Bugle, covering the building with skidmarks, to piss off Jonah.
- The new Archer & Armstrong series casts Armstrong as an insanely reckless driver. To be fair, he's immortal, so personal safety isn't a concern for him. When he drives Archer around Rome on a scooter, the normally stone-faced stoic Archer is holding onto him for dear life and refusing to open his eyes.
- Wild Card of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero (Marvel) is notorious for how he drives his Mean Dog armored vehicle. Common in-universe consensus is that when Wild Card is behind the wheel, the Mean Dog becomes an extension of himself. Considering the man is inexplicably capable of destroying just about anything he comes into contact with just through everyday use, that's really saying a lot. The Mean Dog seats up to three, but surprisingly few people want to ride along with him. Humorously, a glance at Wild Card's toy biography reveals why this might be the case: while his primary skill is driving armored vehicles, his secondary specialty is assisting the company's chaplain. Presumably he's getting practice from all the uttered prayers and divine invocations of his passengers.
- In the Astérix books, the free-spirited youth Justforkix is perceived to be this with a horse-drawn chariot.
- A common occurrence in the comic strip 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.
- Jump Start:
- 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 Foxtrot. He's such a bad driver, he can make a station wagon go much faster than usual. Once he even somehow manages to exceed the speed limit while parallel parking.
Paige: It's weird. I swear I've been in this car.
- "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. I've only flirted with four."
- "Look, zero G!"
- One strip in '98 had Jason playing Carmageddon on his computer as Paige watched over his shoulder. She noticed the game seemed awfully familiar. Last panel:
Jason: You know, now that you mention it...
Peter: Paige, I'm going to the mall. Need a ride?
- Calvin and Hobbes:
- 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.
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, 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.
- Calvin on his sled (or wagon):
- In one strip from Bloom County, Opus somehow gets a car to use on a date. Milo's reaction upon learning this? "Alert Civil Defense!!"
- Loretta Lockhorn is not seen in a car as often as she's seen with steering wheel in hand.
- Ed 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.
- Advice and Trust: In chapter 7 Asuka realizes why Misato drives like crazy. It is because Kaji taught her. He shattered the limit speed, threw the car into precisely calculated and highly risky drifts and drove on the train tracks.
"Um... Kaji-san? Aren't we going to have to stop and wait for the vehicle transport train?" Shinji asked nervously, noting they weren't slowing down as they shot through the caution-striped metal gateway.
"Ordinarily, yes, Shinji-kun..." Kaji said absently as they skidded sideways past the 'STOP HERE FOR LOADING' signs and barriers. "But during an Angel alert, they lock down the trains at the depo in the Geofront to save power and reduce MAGI load. So right now the tracks are empty and it would take too long for a train to get up here. So this is faster."
The edge of the drop onto the track was coming closer very fast. "Um... what's faster?" Asuka asked even more worriedly.
"The direct approach," Kaji said with a smile as he aimed the car at the tracks on a shallow angle.
They shot over the edge and onto the tracks at over 120 kph, to the chorus of the Children screaming in alarm. The darkness of the train tunnel into the Geofront loomed in front of them, angling steeply down.
- The Child of Love: Misato has little regard for the speed limit. When she is taking Teri anywhere, Asuka has to ask her driving carefully.
- Children of an Elder God: Misato is a terrible driver that ignores or otherwise disregards the existence of a tiny, non-important thing called "limit speed". In chapter 5:
Misato roared through the streets of Tokyo-3 in her car as if all the Angels were chasing her. Asuka laughed with delight while Shinji clung to his seatbelt, shaking. "Faster, faster!" Asuka shouted, while Shinji prayed for engine failure.
"I'm gonna have to slow down soon, or I'll drive right through our apartment building. I don't think the Andersons would like that." Misato took the corner at about fifty miles an hour without any trouble, thanks to the absence of any traffic. Shinji, on the other hand, was glad he hadn't eaten dinner yet.
- Doing It Right This Time: When Misato drove Shinji to the Geofront, Shinji was proud with himself for only needing to grab the safety handle twice for the whole ride, despite her crazy driving antics.
- Last Child of Krypton: Misato is very, very careless with traffic rules when she drives. In chapter 2 Shinji gets to personally experience what means travelling in her car:
"Uh, yeah, can I call you back? Misato's trying to kill us."
"I am not," Misato snapped as the car drifted out onto the highway, slammed the car into a lower gear, and gunned it. The car fishtailed a bit, and then straightened as its tiny four cylinder engine roared, a look of manic glee on the driver's face.
"You know what the best thing about a rental car is, Shinji?"
"No car can accelerate quicker, corner harder, or go from reverse into drive at a higher speed!"
- Nobody Dies has Rei doing this. REI.
In the passenger seat, Commander Gendo Ikari sits with a perfectly calm expression, staring serenely out the car's windshield. In the seat behind him, Mana Kirishima has an ear to ear grin on her face and is cheering. Next to her, Asuka and Shinji are screaming, arms wrapped around each other.
The black sedan launches, wheels spinning as it flies over the traffic on the expressway, landing on an empty car carrier.
"Alright! I wanted to do this since I saw Knight Rider!"
- Once More with Feeling:
- Shinji convinced that Misato's driving was learned from Kaji. At one point he breaks several laws, both legal and possibly of causality, while parallel parking at high speed.
- Possibly in reference to Nobody Dies, during a quad bike race between the three pilots Rei used a car transporter as a ramp to jump onto a bridge ahead of Asuka and Shinji. Both promptly stop to stare after her in shock.
- The Second Try: During the After the End chapters Asuka insisted on driving a car in spite of having absolutely no idea. She nearly crashed the car several times.
- In "Baby You Can Drive My Car," one of the fics of the Mass Effect Kink Meme, Female!Commander Shepard proves herself to be fond of this during the Shadow Broker chase (see below), and poor Thane, who has never experienced Shepard's driving before, learns just how much of a maniac his siha is behind the wheel.
- SOE 2 Lone Heir OF Krypton: Shinji does not like when Misato drives him to somewhere becaude he is afraid of dying. Or at the very least vomiting. In chapter 17:
Normally, a ride in Misato's car was a hair raising experience for the Third Child, who didn't have the strongest stomach and had discovered that he had a genuine aversion to the idea of dying when the possibility of it started to actually seem real.
And that was when his guardian was just out for a leisurely Sunday drive or something. When she had to get somewhere as soon as possible—such as when she needed to get her two charges to NERV Headquarters so they could get into their Evangelions before an Angel bearing down on the city arrived—being a passenger in her car was a truly terrifying ordeal.
- Keepers of the Elements has Deanna as the resident crazy driver.
As soon as Deanna backed out of the garage, the rampage began.
She drove extremely erratically almost hitting several things like a bus, a fire hydrant, a dog and a police officer.
As said police officer got into his police car and started chasing after them, and the dog began his chase too, barking madly, Deanna's driving got even crazier, with the car leaving the ground at some points.
"Deanna Wilson, slow this vehicle down now! You're going to kill us both! I want to live to train the next Air Keeper you know!" Akari screamed even louder and her eyes got even wider as the car somehow managed to fly straight into the air right over another car and began doing mid-air twirls.
"IN YOUR FACE! HA! HA! HA!" Deanna laughed at the driver of the car, who sat there looking stunned.
The car somehow managed to land without any damage to it and Deanna continued on her rampage. By this time, at least a dozen police cars were chasing them...
- Kyon's father in Kyon: Big Damn Hero is regarded as a very good and fast driver. However, when he learns his daughter was recently rescued from a kidnapping and sent to the hospital for a check-up he's told to have driven "efficiently", to the point to take 15 minutes for a run which usually takes 30.
- In the Axis Powers Hetalia fic What a Brother! What a Bother! by Kopanda. England's older brothers Scotland, Ireland, and North Ireland are described as being extremely bad drivers, to the point that in one scene, North Ireland is apparantly ARRESTED out of context.
- Death Note fanfic Xanatos has one instance of Matt (who is fourteen at the time) driving a stolen Lamborghini. He drives like a complete maniac, though it's somewhat justified since he's trying to lose a cop.
- In Tales of Flame, we have Officer Jenny of Saffron city. Who scares even her close friend Sabrina. Her Pokemon, however, can sleep through her driving, having been with her that long.
- Touhou fandom has some amusing fanvids set to the tune of Red Zone. One of them has Marisa driving wildly and terrifying her passengers.
- In React Watch Believe Yikes, each Hunter team has a cool motto...except for team JNPR. Their motto is:
- In Starlight Over Detrot, Sweet Shine (now calling herself 'Taxi') regards the rules of the road as merely guidelines, and is the absolute master of offensive driving, up to and including Car Fu (but Celestia help you if you lay so much as a scratch on her baby...) For a long time it was implied that Hard Boiled was a Captain Crash, with several Noodle Incident references about why he's not allowed to drive. However, it turns out the reason he's not allowed to drive is that, once he gets behind the wheel, he turns into an adrenaline junkie maniac who makes Taxi look like an overly-cautious driver in comparison.
- In a lot of Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan fiction, Buffy's inability to master driving a car safely is explained as the car's inability to handle a Slayer's reflexes. There are a lot of stories out there wherein Buffy is placed behind the wheel of a high-performance pasta rocket and suddenly is driving as if she has the skills of Mario Andretti and Emerson Fittipaldi combined.
- From Kill la Kill AU, we get Mako and her driving to such a degree that she's ended them up in alternate universe, Los Angeles, and once got a pickup truck tangled in wires, along with the fact, that when determined, she drove zig-zag through houses and gas station and on top and right through about four buildings, sending a police chopper to the ground. Unsurprisingly, in the former of the latter cases, Shiro decided to jump out.
- Gamagoori, true to canon, is this as well with the whole "spinning is driving" thing and, in the same fanfic, he "pulled a doodlebug" (driving both backwards and forwards).
- There is also Nonon, who somehow got a car on top of semi, which wasn't without something getting demolished and had an air raid siren going off.
- In the Worm fanfic, Intrepid, Taylor's Awesomeness by Analysis lead to her making accurate motions no matter how fast the SUV she drives. To everyone else, however, she appears to be a madwoman making crazy turns and going off the road to try and drive through a forest of trees at over 100 MPH.
- The fanfic Intercom has Riley's first time driving her own train of thought. Riley figures that she should be able to steer her own Train of Thought, but due to her enthusiasm and her not being used to handle it, she makes it behave in a way that's more akin to a roller coaster, much to Fear and Disgust's chagrin.
- In the Buffy the Vampire Slayer story A Jump To The Left, Faith's driving is compared to popping wheelies on a bike while surrounded by toddlers on tricycles. Apparently, it was terrifying enough to make an alternate universe Xander discover religion.
- Queen of All Oni: Ramirez, the Mexican private detective who helps out the J-Team when they're in Mexico City, is shown to drive like a total maniac.
- Shadows Awakening: At one point, Jade enables a getaway for her and Jackie by having one of her Kunochi Khan commandeer a car and drive them away. Unfortunately, since the Khan rely on Jade for directions on anything not related to fighting, and she doesn't know how to drive, they end up all over the place.
- The normally calm and stoic Sephiroth is revealed to drive like this in Shinra High SOLDIER. It terrifies his friend Yuffie.
- The aptly titled fanfic Wild Ride has Jeremie Belpois as this trope. His friends don't enjoy themselves at all while he's driving and he, for his part, is confused by their utter panic.
Films — Animation
- 101 Dalmatians
- 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 The Rescuers. In Cruella de Vil's car, even. She was originally meant to be Cruella, but she was eventually made into a new character animated using footage from 101 Dalmatians, especially the driving.
- In The Little Mermaid, 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 Big Hero 6, 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! It's the LAW!Go-Go: THAT'S. IT.
- Kiina from BIONICLE: The Legend Reborn intentionally when evading an attacking Skopio. She combines this with Badass Driver.
- Ponyo on a Cliff by the Sea: Lisa. Note, though, that for all her near-misses and frightening speed, she has superhuman control of her subcompact. It's almost like watching 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 The Prince of Egypt is to be believed, crazy teenage drivers have been a problem a lot longer than we currently think.
- North in Rise of the Guardians, 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 Who Framed Roger Rabbit, all Toons are lousy drivers. (After all, the Rule of Funny 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 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 The Wind in the Willows (1995) has this trope as one of his defining characteristics.
- The Gate to the Mind's Eye features someone in a Flying Car 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 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.
Films — Live-Action
- The Princess Diaries had Mia Thermopolis doing some reckless driving in her light blue Mustang up the hill as it rolls into a San Francisco trolley car (but luckily Queen Clarisse prevented the young princess from getting her driver's license suspended or revocated due to the Genovian Order of the Rose).
- Also subverted as Mia is getting away from her house in the same light blue Mustang but is unsuccessful (as Joe arrives). Next time, Mia, use Benny the Cab (from Who Framed Roger Rabbit) instead.
- Men in Black:
- Crazy Awesome Agent Kay.
- The Taxi drivers in New York are also implied to be terrible drivers. When the ambassadors arrive at dinner for negotiations and what ultimately turned out to be their last meal, the short ambassador apologizes for his lateness and explains that the taxi drivers in the city are terrible. (see also the Real Life folder below)
- James Bond does drive insanely once in a while. Usually justified by his needing to get somewhere in a really, really big hurry. Sometimes to get laid. Often it's both.
Eve cuts it a bit close and loses a side mirror.Bond: No problem, you weren't using it.Eve deliberately wipes off the other one.Eve: Wasn't using that one, either.
- But the prize goes to Eve Moneypenny in Skyfall...
- The bus driver played by the Late Great Ray Charles (yes, the blind guy) in Spy Hard. Tends to say "Next stop, X... I think," on one occasion ending with an Offscreen Crash.
- Benny the Cab in Who Framed Roger Rabbit; the first time Eddie and Roger meet him in the film, they have to spring him from the Weasels' paddy wagon, because they arrested him for driving on the sidewalk. ("It was only for a couple of miles!" complains Benny.) Of course, when Roger and Eddie have to use him to escape from Judge Doom and his goons, he really drives likes crazy. (Of course, Benny is a toon.)
- Corrando literally invites Death, in Death Takes a Holiday by his insanely dangerous driving.
- Another Leslie Nielsen flick, The Naked Gun, has Frank Drebin. He's competent behind the wheel, but he sucks at parking.
- Police Academy:
- Hightower. Mahoney from the same movie parked a car in a two-foot space between two other cars, and taught Hightower a refresher course.
- The Commandant always crashes his golf cart when parking.
- The entire point of the Taxi series of action-comedy movies written by Luc Besson. In the second movie, he actually upgraded his cab for limited flight (well, increased jump-length, but still, it had WINGS...), and installed automatic barf-bags for the passengers.
- Anna from Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow, played by Sophia Loren, manages to rear-end three different cars during one short drive to the country, and she nearly hits two different pedestrians.
- The Kurgan has a scene like this in Highlander, where he terrorizes the Damsel in Distress by driving on the wrong side of the road. His immortality makes this much safer for him.
- Raoul Duke in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. "I've never missed a plane yet."
- Annie from Speed 2: Cruise Control. What made this egregious is that she was a perfectly capable driver in the first film who just simply lost her license for "speeding", but she then mutated into a completely incompetent driver incapable of handling a motor vehicle.
- Batman Begins:
- Batman's scene with the Batmobile, considering the chase that ensues. One officer radios in and is asked for a description of the car, and all he can come up with is "It's a black... tank."
- "... on the roof."
- Also, Jim Gordon, later in the movie. If he didn't have the excuse that he was driving the goddamn Batman's tumbler, he, as a police officer, would probably have been fired for gross incompetence.
- Stuntman Mike in Death Proof, who drives "crazy" while trying to kill various women on the road.
- Alan Parrish in Jumanji. Justified (sort of) because he's been stuck inside a board game for about 26 years and never actually learned how to drive.
- Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls. "Like a glove." In both movies, the driving is made even worse by cracked windshields that forces Ace to drive with his head out the window. Though he drives like that anyway even if the windshield isn't cracked. Especially if there's a dog in the car with him.
- Sean from The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift moved across 4 different states and ended up in Japan because he just loves speeding through the road in his 1970 Chevy Monte Carlo.
- Detective Rosewood of the Beverly Hills Cop series.
- Star Wars:
Obi-Wan: I don't mind flying — (has to duck) — but what you're doing is suicide!
- Anakin Skywalker, even when he's not in an extreme sports race or space battle — and on Coruscant, driving is a three-dimensional affair.
- Anakin's piloting: Crazy? Yes. Bad? Anything but. He's one of if not the best pilot in the entire series based on the ridiculous lengths he's willing to go to. Remember, he's been at this since he was podracing as a kid.
- The irreverent old Maude in Harold and Maude. Donuts in an intersection is the closest she comes to a stop, lanes (and indeed roads) are only a suggestion, and she has no compunction about stealing all her rides... and telling the cops!
- Annie Hall. Her brother Dwayne isn't too good, either.
- A Fish Called Wanda: Otto West drives on the right side in London. And blames the other drivers for getting in his way.
- In Jackie Chan's Who Am I?, the female lead that isn't a CIA operative has this as her one redeeming feature. She Drives Like Crazy... with amazing skill. She gets through an alley by essentially driving over something to tip the car on it's side. After she's through the narrow passage, she... somehow... manages to get the car right-side up again and zooms off. In the final part of the chase scene, she's driving through what is largely a parking lot/road in Amsterdam and sees a spot. Without hardly breaking her at least 50 mph speed, she turns and backs into the spot, stopping on a dime, and everyone in the car ducks down as the pursuers drive by. Other than that, she's The Ditz.
- In the French film series Le Gendarme de Saint-Tropez and its sequels, there is a recurring character (and running gag), Sister Clotilde, a nun who drives like crazy (plus, she's myopic!). Once a movie, the eponymous Gendarme is forced (each time more reluctantly) to enlist her help for a Chase Scene, and then all bets are off. Thankfully, most of the time she's driving a 2CV, a not-too-powerful car... which certainly isn't supposed to do some of the things Sister Clotilde manages to do with it. In a later movie, it's a younger nun at the wheel... unfortunately:
Sister Clotilde: I taught her everything!
- Night Watch:
- Alisa in Day Watch. She even at one point drives along the side of a building (automotive Parkour), which is probably only possible because she's not exactly a normal human.
- Semyon in Night Watch avoids running over Zavulon by somersaulting the truck over him.
- Elwood Blues from The Blues Brothers. From the bridge jump at the beginning to his awesome parking skills (he flips the car around instead of backing up), Elwood is Crazy Awesome. But no mention of Elwood's driving would be complete without the mall scene. And if that's not enough, during the film's climactic ten-plus minute chase scene, he manages to reverse his car off an incomplete highway drop in a way that makes his car pull a backflip of all things over some Illinois Nazis who are chasing him, which only astounds them, and makes them completely miss the fact that they are running out of road, making them launch off the incomplete highway into the air, before plummeting from a height that rivals the height of the Chicago Sears Tower.
- In The Replacements (2000) (the football movie, not the animated series), Annabelle does her share of crazy driving while taking Shane back to his house-boat.
- In Bandslam, when Charlotte pulls up with Will in the passenger seat, he timidly suggests she might want to use her turn signals. Her response? "They don't need to know my business!"
- A Clockwork Orange: Alex and his droogs have a game they like to play, called "Hogs of the Road".
- In Raising Arizona, when she has to pick up H.I. following a robbery, Ed's police training kicks in, and she immediately turns into Bullitt.
- In Mr. Holland's Opus, Mr. Holland takes a summer job as an instructor of student drivers. Ironically, one scene has him doing the crazy driving with two of his visibly worried students as passengers. He ignores traffic signs and signals, passes other cars on the right side, and traverses a one-way street in the wrong direction, all while going well above the speed limit. The reason for this insane driving is revealed when Mr. Holland reaches his destination: it's the local hospital, where his wife had given birth to their son shortly before he got there.
- Kim from My Best Friend's Wedding.
- In Ali G Indahouse, Sacha Cohen's character (Ali G)'s gang is outraged at the "crazy" driving of a rival gang that drove through a yellow light instead of stopping. This after a "street race" that consisted of both gangs going exactly the speed limit.
- The Transporter qualifies given his ability to drive anything anywhere.
- In the second film, the Miami cops are watching a car chase on TV. Inspector Tarconi takes one look at the driving and realizes who it is.
- In L.A. Story the main character once, because of traffic reasons, decides to take what is probably one of the most ridiculous shortcuts EVER. Even MORE comic than that is the fact that no one reacts like "OMG!! WHAT THE FUCK is that crazy idiot doing!?", instead actually WAVING to him as he passes by, as if he does this OFTEN. For a straighter example, Sara, who is from England, doesn't understand that you're supposed to drive on the RIGHT side of the road in the US.
- It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World - four parties of normal, law-abiding types get word of a buried fortune and promptly turn into a mass highway menace. Everyone else who gets involved later acts the same way.
- Father Thomas in Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit is a menace on the road. How he got the job when he doesn't have a driver's license and his passengers do is unknown.
- In The Incredible Hulk, Bruce Banner and Dr. Betty Ross went to New York City, and decided on taking a taxi cab after deciding the subway would be too cramped for his comfort. It then cuts to them riding in a taxi with the taxi driver driving extremely recklessly, with Bruce Banner attempting to calm himself so he won't transform inside the cab, and just barely managed to keep calm when they arrived at the university. Upon arrival, Betty Ross also screamed at the driver at the top of her lungs about his recklessness.
- Leroy in Mystery Team.
- In Get Smart, there is a scene in which Max drives through a golf course, entirely oblivious both to his surroundings and to the Chief's concern for his life.
- In Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Bumblebee shows off his rather poor flying skills when he and the other Autobots head into battle. Wheelie and Brains don't fare much better when they stumble across the same ship.
- Vince Ricardo (Peter Falk) in The In-Laws is a crazy driver in one scene during a chase; he actually backs down the wrong way on a highway. He doesn't think he's crazy:
"You know, I'm such a great driver, it's incomprehensible that they took my license away."
- Beauregard in The Great Muppet Caper might qualify. He gets his directions mixed up, such as making an abrupt U-turn when told to go straight. The fact he does this in open traffic, causing all others cars to take evasive action. After arriving at the intended destination (by driving through the front door, no less) he is told to make a U-turn to leave. What does he do? Drives straight through!
- W.C. Fields as The Bank Dick is made to drive a getaway car for a bank robber - this proves to be a bad idea. Knowing him, it's probably drunk driving...
- Earth Girls Are Easy - alien Jim Carrey goes joy riding. As he's not familiar with Earth cars, maybe he thinks you're supposed to sit on the window sill and steer with your feet.
- In the Laurel and Hardy short County Hospital, Stanley drives patient Ollie home, having earlier sat on a hypodermic sedative - he's driving very recklessly to Ollie's horror, depicted by the most laughingly bad rear-projection effects ever.
- The subject of the MST3K-ed Scare 'em Straight short X Marks The Spot is a truly extreme example, speeding through school zones (though he gets better on that), turns in the wrong lane, and runs people off the road whilst passing. On hills. In the face of oncoming traffic, all while it never being his fault.
- Several in The Gumball Rally. Lapchick The Mad Hungarian. Franco, to a lesser extent. Also Ace "Mr. Guts" Preston in the Camaro Z-28, toward the end, as he tries to get through a traffic jam by going up on two wheels (while giving a rebel yell).
- Unlicensed driver Withnail in Withnail & I. When Marwood (AKA "I") wakes up in the back seat of his Jaguar to find Withnail at the wheel rapidly weaving in and out of early morning traffic on the M25, Withnail simply explains, "I'm making time."
- Beth Cooper from the movie of (almost) the same name and Kirby in Scream 4 both fit this trope like a glove, and they're mentioned together because both of them are played by Hayden Panettiere. So if there's ever a reboot of The Cannonball Run we know who'll be cast in the Adrienne Barbeau role (or the Tara Buckman role, if you go by hair colour rather than name recognition). See also her Star-Making Role in the Live-Action TV folder.
- TRON: Kevin Flynn doesn't really know how to fly a Recognizer, and it shows. He bounces off canyon walls, takes out a bridge span, and ends up crashing it in the middle of town.
Flynn: Pretty good drivin', huh?Bit: noFlynn: Who asked you?
- Bruce Willis's character Korben Dallas in The Fifth Element is introduced as such even before he gets behind the wheel via a phone call with his mechanic. In his first scene. Fittingly, he's an ex-Starfighter pilot turned cab driver - in New York City. There is a Chase Scene that show cases his driving "skills". And, like the Star Wars example above, driving in the future is a 3-d experience.
- The first Mad Max movie was intended to demonstrate the dangers of reckless driving. The hoons and rev-heads who saw the movie left feeling that their lifestyles had been validated.
- James T. Kirk, in the 2009 Star Trek movie, apparently learned how to do this when he was a kid in the rebooted universe (see the Live-Action TV section). He drives a vintage Corvette into an old quarry, while being chased by the futuristic Highway Patrol. He really didn't want his step-father to sell his dad's car.
- Charlie's Angels: The first film opens with an Establishing Character Moment for each character; Natalie is shown to be this - as far back as when she still had braces.
- The basic premise of Steven Spielberg's Duel. The story consists of a man played by Dennis Weaver, being chased in his car by a Big Badass Rig. The rig goes from cutting him off repeatedly, to tormenting him, to trying to kill him, all the while their driving becomes ever more dangerous.
- The title character of Dan in Real Life manages to get two tickets for the same stop sign and in an accident in 3 days, ultimately losing his license.
- The Green Hornet Serials: Mike Axford. One of his police buddies once threatens to arrest him for "impersonating a motorist".
- In the 1987 Dragnet film, Pep Streebek drives like this during a pursuit, much to the irritation of Joe Friday.
Friday: [writing in his notebook] Reckless endangerment of human life, willful disregard for private property, failure to signal for a safe lane change...
Streebek: Yeah, he's really racking up the violations, isn't he?
Friday: Not him, YOU. This is your one-way ticket back to civilian life, Mr. I-Like-To-Throw-The-Book-Out-The-Window.
Streebek: That sounds like a good idea. [Throws notebook out the window.]
- Nikki Finn in Who's That Girl, once she gets a hold of Louden Trott's car.
- This trope sets in motion the plot of Doctor Strange. The accident that wrecks Strange's hands is entirely his own fault, seeing as he was speeding while driving at night, in the rain, while passing in a no pass zone on a blind curve and talking on the phone. The end credits include a warning about distracted driving.
- Taken to extreme lengths in Avalanche. After the titular disaster strikes, a rescue crew races off to the scene and causes so much chaos trying to get there that they end up wrecking a store and killing a bystander. That's not counting the ambulance driver who ends up plunging his ambulance off into a ravine and causing it to explode with the leading male's mother in it!
- 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 Israel in The '80s with the crazy cabbie replaced by the driver of a Jerusalem-Tel Aviv bus, for 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!" Ronald Reagan was apparently fond of a similar joke that switched the Pope with Mikhail Gorbachev. 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 (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 accidentally try to signal a turn by 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
- There's a joke that there are no "high speed chases" in 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.
- Hive Series has Otto and Laura, who are separately shown to lack driving skills. In book six, the team rushes to keep Laura from driving a car when they go to Europe, and when the Alphas have to learn to fly helicopters, everyone shies away from partnering with Otto, who apparently vaporized every simulated character in a thousand foot radius last time they did the exercise.
- Cheaper by the Dozen: Dad drives fast and doesn't often notice other cars approaching.
- Hiro Protagonist in Snow Crash drives his pizza delivery supercar like crazy, plowing through fences and intersections to deliver a pizza within 10 minutes, to a destination 12 minutes away.
- Tom Clancy's novel Rainbow Six has a hilarious Chase Scene sequence where a bunch of terrorists invoke this trope to get away from a blown mission, and John Clark tells the driver of his vehicle to avoid this trope, while still trying to keep up with the Drives Like Crazy terrorists.
- Thursday Next:
- Miss Havisham is fond of driving at full pelt through a city, nearly running over, well, everything. She does drag races on a fairly regular basis, and some of the stunts she pulls off in the real world would be impressive for NASCAR drivers. Lack of skill is not the issue here.
- Mr. Toad from The Wind in the Willows is Miss Havisham's street racing rival.
- Mr. Toad also drives like this in The Wind in the Willows.
- Jordan Baker in The Great Gatsby states that she trusts other drivers to get out of her way. Daisy Buchanan also has an episode when she drives while emotionally distraught and kills Myrtle Wilson. Women Drivers, huh?
- Stephanie Plum, of Janet Evanovich's eponymous series, might be a decent driver, but she is death on cars. Hers get destroyed almost once a book, albeit usually for reasons beyond her control such as bombs and fires. On the other hand, Grandma Mazur, once she finally learned to drive, managed to rack up enough moving violations to lose her license. In five days. The few who've ridden with her frequently complain about problems like whiplash from abrupt stops, etc.
- Valentine Michael Smith of Robert A. Heinlein's Stranger in a Strange Land appears to drive like this. It's actually perfectly controlled, because he's stretching his sense of time so that he sees everything in slow motion. It's mentioned to be very scary to watch, but perfectly safe.
- Amelia Peabody Emerson and her husband Professor Radcliffe Emerson, in Elizabeth Peters' mystery novels. To be fair, cars were a novelty at the time, and neither ever had any formal driver's training, but Amelia's daughter-in-law tried to give her a lesson — and later made excuses never to ride with her again. As for the Professor, his style of driving is "floor it and hit the horn a lot" (not a quote from the books, but accurate).
- David Drake's RCN series has a standing joke that nobody can drive an aircar. By some count, seven named characters and a couple of redshirts have claimed this ability and at best they get there with severe dents. Rather makes you wonder why a spaceship that hasn't always got room for the guns bothers to carry one.
- Animorphs: Marco's bad driving is a Running Gag established in the first book, where he can't even drive a golf cart without crashing into things. Naturally, whenever the team needs a car, he somehow winds up behind the wheel. (Note that, like the other Animorphs, Marco is thirteen at the start of the series, though he insists he's an expert thanks to video games.) Eventually he gets to drive in a US National Guard Abrams Main Battle Tank. (He runs over Chapman's house in said tank on a lark. He needed a parking space, okay?)
Marco: I can't drive with you screaming in my ear.Jake: You can't drive at all!
- Question: Where does the driver of an Abrams park? Answer: Wherever he wants!
- Jack, in Robert Rankin's The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse.
- Warhammer 40,000:
- Jurgen, the aide of Ciaphas Cain, Drives Like Crazy... And his vehicle of choice is an upgunned Salamander, a 33 tonne heavy tracked scout tank. Road signs, telephone poles, parked vehicles and anything else that is unfortunate enough to occupy the shortest route between Jurgen and his current goal has a nasty habit of getting flattened, although he stops short of actual vehicular homicide (at least to Cain's knowledge). The only person in the grim future of the 41st millennium capable of coaxing a vehicle the size of a small bus down back alleys or parallel parking it, the effects of his driving to his passengers are best left unchronicled.
- The Traitor's Hand does actually feature Jurgen demonstrating vehicular homicide with a 33-ton tank. It was against heretics, so nobody really minds... heretics who happened to be inside a house at the time.
- This trait comes in handy a lot, as Jurgen WILL get you where you need to go very quickly. And if the vehicle you are in is ambushed, there is no better man to have behind the wheel. He also takes warnings that the upcoming road in a post-urban-warfare region is impassable as a challenge, and when told to "get onto the shuttle now" he takes it quite literally, driving up into said shuttle's bay at full speed. And stopping the tank on a dime.
- A testament to Cain's competence is that he's used to Jurgen's driving enough to stand on the back and man the heavy bolter, which is a heavier weapon than standard.
- While nowhere near Jurgen's standards (or lack thereof), Mari Magot seems to have developed a reputation for this — if Cain identifying her as the driver of an APC by it running over a Tyranid Lictor is any indication.
- Doctor Plemponi, principal of the Colonial School in James H. Schmitz' Trigger Argee novel Legacy, is a classic example of this trope. Only the fact that all aircars in the setting are equipped with computerized safety overrides and collision-avoidance autopilots keeps him from committing mass murder every time he gets behind the controls. Even with the best technology can manage, "Plemp" still managed to land his aircar in front of the targets on the outdoor firing range during a live-fire drill. He then proceeded to fly the wrong way at full speed down a one-way traffic airlane, and when this fact was pointed out to him deliberately forced the oncoming aircar to veer off rather than correct his course. God only knows how much carnage would have ensued if he'd had more than one scene in the novel.
- In Dan Abnett's Gaunt's Ghosts novel Ghostmaker, Ortiz has a tank driven into headquarters, scattering drilling soldiers and knocking all sorts of things astray. Then, he was inspired: a superior officer had ordered him to fire where Gaunt's Ghosts were, killing hundreds of them; Gaunt had attacked him; and the superior officer was looking to courtmartial and shoot Gaunt. Having gotten there quickly, Ortiz filed a report claiming that his injuries sprang from his own guns' recoil.
- The Knight Bus from Harry Potter. Granted, obstacles (including houses) jump out of its way, but even so.
- The only thing about Edward Cullen that scares Bella is his driving.
- Or any of the Cullens, actually. They all have Super Speed, so driving at human speeds would seem "slow" to them.
- They, as well as the Quilutes, are effectively immune to the destructive effects of car accidents on the human body. So they have an excuse.
- Max the Silent, in the books about outlaw private eye Burke by Andrew Vachss. The problem is that Max, who has a reputation as a major badass, thinks that people will move aside for him on the road as well as on the sidewalk.
- In Maximum Ride, narrator Max drives a van into a sedan at 60 mph the second time she gets behind a wheel — with her family, including an eight-year-old, aboard. To be fair, she was attempting to teach herself how to drive. It just didn't turn out well.
Nudge: I didn't know a van could go up on two wheels like that. For so long.
- Lensman. Rigellians are Blind Seers (in place of sight and hearing, they have extra-sensory perception and telepathy) with tough hides that muffle their sense of touch. One minute in a Rigellian automobile (read: extremely powerful but also extremely loud) has been known to drive normal humans insane. A specially-armored and screened protagonist manages to survive the ride, but comes out at the other end severely traumatized. The alien driver is later surprised at this, because he was driving "with the utmost possible care and restraint" (for his species). Meanwhile, he (the following text is a direct quote from First Lensman):
- Swung around a steel-sheathed concrete pillar at a speed of at least sixty miles per hour, grazing it so closely that he removed one layer of protective coating from the metal.
- Braked so savagely to miss a wildly careening truck that the restraining straps almost cut Samms' body, spacesuit and all, into slices.
- Darted into a hole in the traffic so narrow that only tiny fractions of inches separated his hurtling Juggernaut from an enormous steel column on one side and another speeding vehicle on the other.
- Executed a double-right-angle reverse curve, thus missing by hair's breadths two vehicles traveling in the opposite direction and one in his own.
- As a grand climax to this spectacular exhibition of insane driving, he plunged at full speed into a traffic artery which seemed so full already that it could not hold even one more car. But it could—just barely could. However, instead of near misses or grazing hits, this time there were bumps, dents—little ones, nothing at all, really, only an inch or so deep—and an utterly hellish concatenation and concentration of noise.
- Crowley of Good Omens has generally little regard for speed limits, being able to use his demonic powers to dissuade traffic cops and keep his car dent-free. He attempts to maintain traffic laws once and gets locked in Apocalyptic gridlock before reverting and pulling up on the sidewalk.
- Perry Mason. It's a Running Gag that he breaks a bunch of traffic laws just to get to places (normally crime scenes). Apparently, Della Street can be just as bad when the urgency arises.
- Artemis Fowl:
- Doodah Day. A pixie who nearly kills Holly Short with a construction vehicle, temporarily reduces Mulch Diggums into a quivering pile of nerves with his piloting of a LEP transport pod, and gets a toy car up to sixty miles per hour — indoors? Breaking the speed limit indoors. He must be Jeremy Clarkson...
- Mulch Diggums himself could count:
Holly: What on earth were you doing, Mulch? The computer says you came all the way down here in first gear.
Mulch: There are gears?
- Mulch's driving technique is described earlier in the book as being "focus on the wheel and the pedals, and ignore everything else." He also assumed the shuttle had an automatic transmission.
- And in The Eternity Code, he scoffs at Juliet when she points out to him that he can't reach the brakes. It's not as though he'd use them if he could. Everyone else in the vehicle promptly reaches for the seatbelts.
- Fitz, from the Doctor Who Expanded Universe books, sometimes seems to be a decent driver, and sometimes "crunch[es] the gear stick", crushes azaleas, "let[s] the car shoot backward", skids, and drops a Cluster F-Bomb for half the drive before stalling rather than parking. This particular frightening exhibition was in a car built around when he was born, and he was making a getaway from someone who'd just been holding the Doctor at gunpoint, but still. He never seems to be able to get behind the wheel of a car without incident.
- In Kingdom Keepers, Wayne is described as such, noting that a short drive nearly ended with a wreck several times.
- In 30 Seconds Over Tokyo when the downed airmen are smuggled out of China, they are driven part way by a driver they call Charlie. He writes that in Charlie's mind, the brakes come third in importance. First comes the horn, then the steering wheel, and only then come the brakes.
- In the Aubrey-Maturin series of novels, Diana drives like this in her horse-drawn carriage. It's universally considered terrifying, even by Aubrey himself, although she is an exceptionally good driver. When the sailors try driving, on the other hand...
- John Thorpe in Northanger Abbey is a particularly reckless driver, terrifying poor Catherine Morland out of her wits when he takes her for what is supposed to be an enjoyable carriage ride. Granted, we only see the incident from the viewpoint of a genteel English girl, but she does comment that other drivers are much, much more sensible.
- Ellie Linton from The Tomorrow Series. She learned her driving on her station's back paddocks, using Land Rovers and "paddock bashers" (unlicensable beaters) but still...
- It's a Running Gag in the VI Warshawski novels that Vic's best friend Lotty is a holy terror as a driver; Vic even says at one point no sane person would let Lotty behind the wheel.
- Granny Weatherwax, in the Discworld novels, believes it's everything else's job to move out of the way of her Flying Broomstick. This philosophy extends to birds, other witches, trees, tall buildings, clacks towers and mountains. And, because this is Weatherwax we're talking about, they do. Birds have quickly evolved to fly on their backs so they can watch out for her in the sky. It's something of a minor plot point when public perception of witches as Humanoid Abominations has wavered, leading to her almost getting run down by a cart if she hadn't been tackled off the road in time, so used is she to being the one people go around.
- In The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel it seems to be a running gag that immortals can't drive properly. Billy the Kid, as you'd probably expect from a reckless outlaw, Drives Like Crazy. Machiavelli is more cautious, but not really more competent because the car he learned on only had three wheels. Perenelle seems to be the exception; she likes taking trains and buses, but if she has to, she can drive a car or boat with no problem. Someone else's car or boat.
- In the Shadow of the Templar series, this is Mike's job.
- In Kate Daniels, this is one of the defining characteristics of Dali Harimau. As she has a shapeshifter's Healing Factor, she considers crashing to be merely inconvenient. Her passengers and nearby pedestrians disagree.
Jim: You're legally blind, you can't pass the exam to get a license, and you drive like shit. You're a menace.
- Vorkosigan Saga:
- Regarding Lord Ivan Vorpatril we get this exchange:
Gregor: So, Lord Mark, what do you think of Vorbarr Sultana so far?
Mark: It went by pretty fast.
Gregor: Dear God, don't tell me you let Ivan drive.
- In the later novel Memory, it is revealed that Ivan and Miles had a reckless driving competition as teenagers and Miles won decisively. By flying an aircar down a winding narrow canyon at over 100 mph with his eyes closed. When looking back on that period of his life as an older man, Miles concludes that only direct divine intervention kept him and Ivan alive long enough to reach adulthood.
- Regarding Lord Ivan Vorpatril we get this exchange:
- Augustus of The Fault in Our Stars, due in part to his having a prosthetic right leg that prevents him from feeling the subtleties in pressure needed for non-jerky driving experiences. Hazel suspects that the examiner who licensed him (on the third try) only passed him as a "Cancer Perk".
- Also Alaska Young from Looking for Alaska by the same author. Though she doesn't have the prosthetic leg excuse.
- 1632 has Hans Richter, whose approach to defensive driving can be summed up in the maxim "the best defense is a good offense". Or: "Nobody lives forever so why not get where you're going?" Then he discovers airplanes....
- John Bankes, in the Father Brown story "The Man with Two Beards".
- Phryne Fisher. Her maid and companion Dot takes to routinely screwing her eyes shut and keeping them shut whenever she has to drive somewhere with Phryne.
- In John W. Campbell's story "The Brain Pirates", Terruns and all the residents of the tenth world's satellite come off as crazy drivers to the Terrestrial heroes. It's mentioned that their vehicles only go about twenty miles an hour, but thanks to the high gravity there's a lot of traction, and stopping can be very abrupt.
- In Tanya Huff's The Enchantment Emporium, it alludes to Auntie Catherine driving like crazy because she charmed her car to act like something from NASCAR. Charlie also drives like crazy in one instance, but that was more of a result of driving said car during an impromptu interrogation from her to her passenger. The sequel The Wild Ways confirms that all the Aunties drive like crazy.
- In the October Daye series, Toby's fetch May is a terrible driver. In One Salt Sea, Toby has to ask May to drive Toby's car somewhere, and May demands to know if she's a doppleganger, since the real Toby would never trust her with the car.
- Meg Cabot's 1-800-Where-R-U series has sixteen-year-old Jess Mastriani, who freely admits that she likes to go fast, which is part of why she's failed the test to get her driver's license more than once (though she does have a learner's permit). Her wildest ride comes in the fourth book, when she drives a hotwired truck through the snow and ice, jumping a six-foot ravine in the process. After actually hitting town, she commits "twenty-seven traffic violations" en route to the hospital, and crashes through the doors of the emergency room. One of her passengers, before going off to surgery (of an injury sustained before getting in the truck), calls her "the worst driver I have ever seen". She's mellowed out by the events of book 5 though.
- Uncle Parker from Helen Cresswell's Bagthorpe Saga drives so recklessly that in the first book the Danish au pair he's delivering to his brother-in-law's family shows up in tears.
- Ingrid Brady, the anorexic monk and government spook of the comic neo-noir Get Blank, certainly qualifies. Not everyone will play chicken with a bunch of Satanist gunmen.
- Salt in the Penny Parker series. Penny has her moments, too.
- In The Nekropolis Archives, one of Matt's friends is a demon cabdriver named Lazlo. He regularly drives through crowds at full speed, with the expectation that anyone in his way will get out of it or get run over.
"Surprise me, Lazlo," I said, "and try not to drive like a maniac for a ch—" That's as far as I got before Lazlo slammed on the gas and I was thrown back against the seat.
- The Mote in God's Eye: From a human standpoint, Motie Engineers drive like crazy. From the engineers' point of view, the only sensible way to drive is to make efficient use of every inch of roadway, and they've got the reflexes to do so.
- Ngaio Marsh's Agatha Troy from the Inspector Alleyn Mysteries series tends to drive her van through the countryside in a manner that most of her (well-bred) passengers ask her if it would be all right to take over driving. Her TV incarnation, played by Belinda Lang is arguably worse, driving said van worth of the infamous Moose Test. Curiously, the only one not bothered by her driving is Alleyn himself.
- In Another Note, Beyond Birthday boasts that he has never submitted to any person, or even to a traffic signal. The one time he is seen driving, the trope is justified, because the car he's driving is stolen.
- John Thorpe in Northanger Abbey has a Regency version of a Rice Burner with his "curricle-hung gig." Though its performance doesn't live up to his boasting, it still terrifies Catherine and he ignores her requests to let her off.
- In Persuasion, Wentworth jokes at one point that he hopes his sister Sophie won't have to climb out of a ditch again, as his brother-in-law Admiral Croft is apparently not as good a driver as he is a sailor.
- Our Miss Brooks: Teenagers Walter Denton and Stretch Snodgrass are chronic offenders of this trip. More surprisingly, Miss Brooks usually is as well. A running gag has her telling Mrs. Davis why she can't drive her car. Often enough it's in the shop. However, there are many occasions where Miss Brooks is to blame after having proved herself a stereotypical woman driver. In "Trial By Jury", Miss Brooks goes to court to fight a charge of reckless driving after her car crashes into a fruit stand.
- Angel: Referenced with Illyria in the comic continuation; During her road trip with Gunn, Illyria asks for another turn at the wheel. Gunn flatly refuses, saying that the last time Illyria attempted to drive, she sent twelve cars flying off the freeway. Illyria states that if she can rule the Earth, she can learn to master driving.
- The Dukes of Hazzard was "let's see what crazy stunt the Duke boys can pull off this week". Jumps (mostly on makeshift dirt ramps), high-speed turns, you name it and Bo and Luke probably did it in the General Lee. It makes sense, since they used to run moonshine for Uncle Jesse before they got caught prior to the start of the series. Even Uncle Jesse and Boss Hogg (who used to be moonshine runners themselves) will get in on the act.
- Full House In one episode DJ starts going out with new friend named Jamie who just got a car and her friends, only to find that they like to drive dangerously fast and swerve very hard around turns, among other reckless acts. At the end of the episode, DJ decides reluctantly not to go out with Jamie and her friends at Stephanie and Michelle's requests, and initially holds a grudge on them. That is until Danny comes to inform her Jamie was in a bad car accident but she and her friends survived after wearing their seatbelts.
- Everybody Loves Raymond:
- Ray Barone's dad. Although he does manage to rein it in just long enough to get his license renewed.
- His mother Marie, in one of the show's most famous moments, drove the car through the front of Ray and Debra's house.
- Ziva David, period. Even Tony, himself an example of the trope earlier in the series, is terrified of her driving. Ziva claims that driving fast and making abrupt turns "is the best way to avoid IEDs and ambushes" and brushes off attempts to point out that neither are exactly common in the US.
Gibbs: She almost killed my entire team yesterday.
Gibbs: Driving home from a crime scene.
Jenny: I should have warned you. I think she was an Eastern European cab driver in a past life.
- In "Aliyah" we learn that even in Israel Ziva is regarded as a crazy driver.
Eli: With traffic, I wasn't expecting you for another hour.
Ziva: I drove.
Eli: Enough said.
- "Enemies Foreign" reveals that this runs in the family:
Vance: Most fathers teach their daughters how to drive. Do I have you to thank for this, Eli?
Eli: This she learned from her mother.
- It's not remarked on as often, but Gibbs is just as scary. He spends most of his time looking away from the road while weaving through oncoming traffic. He has no apparent excuse. Not surprisingly, Gibbs is the only person in the series who doesn't have a problem letting Ziva drive.
Kate: Gibbs is driving.
Abby: I'm saying a prayer in many languages.
- Ziva David, period. Even Tony, himself an example of the trope earlier in the series, is terrified of her driving. Ziva claims that driving fast and making abrupt turns "is the best way to avoid IEDs and ambushes" and brushes off attempts to point out that neither are exactly common in the US.
- JAG: One episode had a guest character, a young ensign from Jersey played by Sarah Silverman, who absolutely tears across base in a Humvee, hardly ever looking at the road, rambling on about whatever comes to mind, and generally terrifying poor Bud and making Harm nervous. Bud is forced to have her drive him somewhere on the other side of base because he's in a hurry, and finds her driving much less terrifying if he takes his contacts out first. When Harm asks what she did before joining the military, she says, "Drove a cab, sir!" and Harm nods as if to say, "Yeah, that explains it."
- You Can't Do That on Television had a school bus driver of questionable sanity named Snake-Eyes who drove like this and was proud of it. He once tried to break the world record for longest time driving without using the brakes, while driving the school bus.
- Novice driver Cassidy is this in the City Guys episode "Big Brothers". During the driver's ed class, she is a virtual Driving Disaster Area as shown in "Big Brothers"... and, we mean virtual in the literal sense. While using a driving simulator in class, Cassidy does so badly, making a litany of errors (including nearly crashing into a bus, nearly hitting an old woman on a crosswalk and driving on the sidewalk), that she manages to actually short-circuit the simulator, leading to Al remarking that she "took out more of New York than Godzilla did". In fairness, she did mention earlier in the episode that she sucks at driving simulators. She somehow later does pass, with the lowest passing score in the history of the driver's ed class.
- Hang Time has Kristy (also a novice driver) in "Julie's Guy," who tells Teddy that she has gotten into accidents during her driving lessons. When he volunteers to teach her how to drive in the gym using a golf cart, Kristy accidentally backs into a cardboard cutout of a mom carrying a baby stroller. When Teddy decides to have Kristy practice on the road one night, Danny, Michael and Vince burst into the backseat and ask her to tail a car carrying Julie and Jason Redmond (a player on a rival team she's on a date with), causing a harried Kristy to speed and make very hard turns; after she slams the brakes when they reach a red light, Teddy – happy that he's still alive after the debacle – passes out.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
Snyder: Whoa, Summers, you drive like a spaz!
Willow: Whoa, why didn't you say you didn't know how to drive?Anya: Well I didn't know if I could or not until I got behind the wheel. I'm going to press this button now. I expect us to accelerate.
- Cordelia apparently wasn't much better:
Cordelia: (upon seing a policeman) Can you help me with a ticket? It's totally bogus. It was a one-way street. I was going one way!
- And Anya in "Triangle" which is apparently her first time driving (while hunting down a rampaging trolls as well).
- Cordelia apparently wasn't much better:
- Saturday Night Live:
- "He drives around/All over the town/He's Toonces, the Driving Cat!"
- When Taylor Swift hosted, there was a parody ad about bad parent driving.
- Hilariously, Captain Kirk in the Star Trek: The Original Series episode "A Piece of the Action". He may be able to do things with a massive, hyperspeed starship that will blow your mind, but he cannot drive a 1920s Ford without knocking over everything in sight. Spock's reaction sums it up: "Captain, you are an excellent starship commander, but as a taxi driver you leave much to be desired."
- Richie & Eddie from Bottom: Richie doesn't know how to drive and so asks Eddie — who presumably has more experience. Eddie's idea of "How to Drive" is... "Well, you get the wires from underneath the dashboard and jam 'em together until the engine fires up. Then, you drink another can of special brew, aim it at the post-office and put a brick on the accelerator." Richie decides to "stick the key in and see what happens." With a clear road ahead he ram-raids an off-licence, in reverse.
- Gene Hunt from Life On Mars. A 1970's Ford Cortina should not be able to speed in reverse. (And he's a police officer.)
- In Ashes to Ashes, Alex makes good use of the Oh Shit Bar every episode.
- Calleigh Duquesne on CSI: Miami drives a Humvee in a manner usually reserved for mid-war Iraq:
Wolfe: Do you realize you drive like a madwoman?
- In an episode of CSI: New York, Stella Bonasera drives in such a manner that poor Hawkes in the passenger seat looks like he's afraid to be flung out of the window.
- Cracker. When Fitz pulls one of his usual Jerk Ass stunts on his Love Interest WDC Penhaligan, she likes to get back at him by driving extremely fast, while enjoying the expression on Fitz's face instead of looking at the road.
- Lucille from Arrested Development tries to run over a man on a Segway (who she thinks is her son). She's one of the World's Worst Drivers. Really. She was featured on that show, parked horizontally across three parking spaces.
- A recent episode of The Mentalist has a scene in which Lisbon let Van Pelt drive to persue a suspect. Cue Dukes of Hazzard chase sequence, ending with Van Pelt stopping the biker suspect with the side of the SUV.
Lisbon: I gotta get you out of the office more often!
- In Tin Man, it's implied that DG makes a habit of this on her motorcycle.
- This is shown in a scene where she manages to hide from a cop chasing her and start her shift at the diner. Her first call is to deliver food to... the cop writing her a ticket.
- In Waiting for God, Diana Trent drives on the wrong side of the road, on the off chance some idiot is doing it the other way.
Tom: Mind the old people!
Diana: We are the old people!
- From The Sentinel, Jim is infamous for the number of trucks he's wrecked, to the point that it's almost impossible for him to get good insurance. Every Car Chase involves gratuitous Fruit Cart destruction, numerous "orange"-light runs, and any passengers cowering in their seats.
Blair Sandburg: Jim, that's a red light. Jim, there are pedestrians in the road! Jim, slow down! Jim!!
- Top Gear:
- The Stig normally drives like this, even with a tractor. Justified most of the time in that as the show's test driver, he is expected to make the cars go as fast as they can in order to compare performance.
- Jeremy Clarkson also indulges in this occasionally on the show. His bout with a Reliant Robin? Well...Herr Clarkson is an exuberant driver, and Reliant Robins are very light and, thanks to having a single front wheel, not very well balanced. That said, rolling a car 7+ times in fourteen miles is still just a bit excessive. According to co-presenter James May, Clarkson averts this trope when not filming and is actually quite a courteous driver.
- Top Gear (US) features Adam Ferrara as one of the presenters. In the first season he quickly became notorious for breaking cars during challenges, to the point that he's subtitled "The Wrecker" from season 2 onward. He's a perfectly fine driver outside of challenges and on regular roads, but he tends to push his cars past their limits when asked to perform.
- The A-Team: Captain H. M. Murdock flies like this. However, unlike a lot of these crazy drivers, he knows exactly what he's doing, but he just prefers to fly the crazy way.
- Parker from Leverage.
Parker: Who knew a sedan could hit 140?
Sophie: Parker, you are never to get behind the wheel of a car again, okay?
- From another episode there was this:
Eliot: Parker, where'd you learn to drive?
Parker: Before I stole cars I was a getaway driver.Hardison: Before? You stole cars when you were 12.
- From another episode there was this:
- Doctor Who.
Amy: Is he helping you fly the TARDIS? Why do you let him have a go? You never let me have a go!Rory: Uh, Doctor, don't. Seriously, don't. I let her drive my car once.Amy: To the end of the road.Rory: Where, according to Amy, "there was an unexpected house."...Rory: Have you ever seen Amy drive, Doctor?The Doctor: No.
- The Doctor in pretty much every incarnation, and although the TARDIS was designed for six pilots, he has shown himself quite capable of flying it straight... but apparently he just can't be bothered. When a passenger corrected him on the controls to level out flying and minimize sounds (largely by taking off the parking brake), he complained that he liked it better the original way. Of course, as noted in The Doctor's Wife, it's an uphill struggle trying to get the TARDIS where he wants to go rather than where she wants to go.
- Amy as well.
Gwen: What I am saying is that you are speeding and there are children!Owen: Well if kids are out at midnight, they've got it coming to them![Cue crazy driving as a blowfish on drugs tries to get away in a sports car.]
- Jack, in his own words; "I'm going to need to break the speed limit. Big time." Admittedly he warns the police in advance.
- Owen plays this trope straight:
Owen: Hold the wheel.Gwen: (catches on) Don't you dare, Owen!Owen: Hold the wheel![Cue Gwen taking the wheel and Owen leaning out the window to shoot the sports car's wheels.]
- And a little after that in the same chase scene...
- In the Home Improvement episode Tanks for the Memories, Tim Taylor was given control of a tank in the Marines division, and he ended up plowing the tank through a golf course, which resulted in him being banned from ever driving a tank again. And then there was the time he mounted a jet engine on a riding lawn mower. Which resulted in a 20 mile high speed police chase. (On the plus side, he mowed fifty lawns and made $500.) He also once launched a grill into orbit (he was using NASA-provided rocket fuel, but still).
- Mr. Bean is an extreme case of No Social Skills, so maybe that's why he doesn't know you shouldn't brush your teeth while driving, drive using a broom and ropes from a chair strapped to the roof or, in general, go out of your way to pass everyone and run that blue Reliant off the road every time you see it.
- One of Phil's clients on Modern Family, much to Claire's frustration, in "Slow Down Your Neighbors."
- In "Mr Monk and the End Part 2", Stottlemeyer and Disher, when attempting to rush towards Judge Rickover's house to stop Monk from attempting to exact revenge on Rickover for the latter arranging for Trudy Monk's assassination via car bomb, were driving extremely recklessly for the road (the fact that they couldn't even use a portable siren due to Disher selling it in a yard sale and it was pouring heavily outside only made matters worse.)
- In "Mr. Monk and the Three Julies," Natalie steals Stottlemeyer's new Dodge Charger unit twice. The first time, she manages to break off the shotgun door mirror. The second time, she manages to crumple in the hood (ostensibly from taking a shortcut across the creek, despite Stottlemeyer informing her that there are no bridges across the creek).
- Meldrick Lewis on Homicide: Life on the Street is a terrible driver, and isn't so good at parking the car either.
- Sgt. Troy in Midsomer Murders, who regularly does things like turn his head to talk to the passenger or drive on the wrong side of the road. In one episode, Barnaby notes his improvement by the fact that Troy actually glanced at the mirror.
- Big Pete. Driving simulation. Five words.
"Congratulations, Mr. Wrigley. You're dead."
- In Heroes Claire Bennet intentionally drives a guy's car into a wall at a fast speed after he murdered her. She is unharmed as usual.
- The Big Bang Theory:
- Sheldon is a terrible driver, once managing to miss the Pasadena Freeway exit he was supposed to go over, managing to fly off the highway at high speeds, and then somehow end up on the second floor of the Glendale Galleria before crashing into a pet store... and that was on a driving simulator that Howard Wolowitz developed. Ironically, the one time he had to be behind the wheel of an actual car, he actually drove somewhat well... sluggish driving and overly cautious methods aside. Unfortunately, that also landed him with a speeding ticket (and it's not even his fault, but Penny's).
- Penny herself is often accused of being an irresponsible driver, but actually more in line with someone who has been driving a very long time and will bypass "normal behavior" for a quicker route every now and then. That doesn't stop the fact she frequently ignores her (constantly blinking) check engine light from being a running gag.
- Howard Wolowitz is a bit of a nut when driving on his Vespa (at least according to Sheldon whom once spent a ride home with him screaming over every speed bump like a mad man-which granted, he is).
- It was implied part of the reason Howard drove like that was because Sheldon had been so annoying he simply wanted to get the ride over with ASAP.
- It should come as no surprise that a lot of people like this turn up in the various Worst Driver programs around the world.
- Harry Fox from Crazy Like a Fox. It's a good thing he's friends with most of San Francisco's traffic cops.
- Warehouse 13: According to Claudia, Artie is this. This is an interesting variation, because in this case it's the energetic, younger character making the comment toward the less-energetic, older character instead of the vice-versa that normally happens.
- In the Ice Road Truckers spinoff IRT: Deadliest Roads, the sheer cliffs, dirt roads, and rigs of questionable quality that liter India, Bolivia, and Peru all pale in comparison with the suicidal drivers that appear to be trying to push the several ton trucks off the road.
- In Ellery Queen, Ellery's distractedness causes him to ignore minor details like red lights.
- There was one Dave Allen sketch showing an older Irish guy (played by Allen) driving like this, ending with him passing a big truck and cutting in-front of it just before reaching an intersection. Now if you want to see the punchline for that gag, you'll have to watch the sketch yourself. Starts at about 6:58 here.
- After Toyota issued a recall due to stuck accelerators causing cars to unexpectedly accelerate to very high speeds, David Letterman joked in his talk show that New Yorkers call that phenomenon a "taxi cab".
- Canada's Worst Driver is a Reality TV show that focuses on rehabilitating the worst drivers. Montreal has bad reputation in Canada, and there usually is at least one contestant from Montreal with speed/road rage issues each season.
- Christine Cagney from Cagney & Lacey by all accounts drives like this, although the budget of the times means it is rarely shown on screen.
- In her first scene on One Tree Hill, Peyton Sawyer almost runs over main character and her eventual husband Lucas Scott while haphazardly looking for a CD she dropped on the floor of her precious Mercury Comet. Her horrible driving skills are sometimes mentioned by the others, though not quite at a Running Gag level.
- In the 2010 reimagining of Hawaii Five-0, Steve McGarrett should have this as a bumper sticker. It doesn't matter what law it is you can break on the road, he has broken it. It doesn't matter what he's driving either but it's usually Danno's car with Danno riding shotgun. He is especially fond of speeding in combination with everything else and it happens so often that Danno has to frequently remind him that they "can't solve crimes while wrapped around a telephone pole, Steven!"
Danno: Why are you putting both hands on the wheel? Whenever you put both hands on the wheel, something bad happens and I have to pray.
- In The Flash (2014), Lisa Snart a.k.a. Golden Glider is fully capable of driving properly, but she prefers to drive like a maniac because it is more fun that way.
- The classic spoof advert from Not the Nine O'Clock News:
Designed by computers. Built by robots. Driven by Italians.
- The entire Reagan family in Blue Bloods with the exception of Jamie. This is firmly established in one episode where Nicky is learning how to drive, and bails from having Erin teach her because she can't deal with her mom's, erm, style. Frank points out that almost everyone in the family is a bad driver:
- Erin is a lead-foot horn-leaner who gets frustrated and rages at other drivers at the slightest provocation.
- Henry gave up his keys and license due to failing eyesight and reflexes, causing him to bang his fender on the garage door too many times.
- As the police commissioner, Frank hasn't driven himself in years.
- Danny drives all the time like he's in a Car Chase. He once got a ticket for doing 80 mph in a 25 mph zone.
- Ultimately, this leaves Jamie as the one who gets to be Nicky's driving coach.
- By his own admission, Detective Hitchcock in Brooklyn Nine-Nine "has nothing to live for, and drives that way". The reaction shots of the other characters screaming in terror do bear that statement out.
- Pete Malloy seems to think this of Jim Reed on Adam-12. In "Vice Versa", Pete let his license expire, so Jim has to drive. Pete spends the episode nagging Jim as Jim does seem to take a few more risks than Pete. Not anything illegal, though.
- Auntie Peg from Please Like Me.
- Maya DiMeo from Speechless. The series begins with her making a ten minute journey in three minutes by way of driving off the road and banking on cops being too afraid of her to ticket her for speeding, all to take advantage of an about-to-expire breakfast coupon.
- Agatha Raisin: A subplot in "Agatha Raisin and the Potted Gardener" involves joyriders fanging around the village at night; doing burnouts and generally terrorizing the village. Ultimately the joyriders are revealed as a couple in their 80s or 90s who always fancied being speed demons and decided it was never too late to live their dream.
- Tatort: Well, it kind of depends on the point of view which trope applies more, but Professor Boerne (the Münster chief coroner) of all people is this mixed with a Badass Driver; he is a chronic speeder in the bicycle city Münster who takes a warning that a traffic light is about to go red as invitation to hit the gas, and would drive a Porsche 911 cabriolet across a golf course (Justified though, to stop a murder from happening). This trait is so well-known with the Münster team most members tend to warn him of his "points in Flensburg"note from time to time. Amazingly, the only thing he's ever run over is a wild boar (at over 150km/h though), and he managed to perform a accident-free Car Chase through a no-car-zone right in the first Münster episode.
- Trope name comes from "Weird Al" Yankovic's "She Drives Like Crazy" (a parody of the Fine Young Cannibals' "She Drives Me Crazy").
- "Whiplash" by Fish (that's Fish with an F as opposed to a Ph).
- "Transfusion" by Nervous Norvus.
- Brazilian band Raimundos has a song inspired by the then-vocalist's terrible driving (but most of the lyrics are "rage against automobiles").
- "How's My Driving Doug Hastings?" by Less Than Jake.
- "The Little Old Lady From Pasadena" by Jan and Dean, and one line goes "she can't keep her foot off the accelerator".
- "Freeway Mad" by Saxon.
- "I Can't Drive 55" by Sammy Hagar.
- Legendary indie band Drive Like Jehu took their name from the Ur-Example of this trope (see below in Myths and Religion)
- DJ Shadow's "Mashin' on the Motorway"
So much hostility... Y'all just keep checking your rear windows!
- My Chemical Romance's music video for "Na Na Na" is notorious for the crazy driving of the 1979 Trans Am that it contains
- "Speedball Tucker" by Jim Croce, and also "Rapid Roy".
- Murdoc Niccals is a notoriously crazy driver, as seen in the Stylo and 19-2000 music videos. To be fair, he pulls some ridiculously cool stunts in the latter; wheelies, jumps, skids, missile launches etc.
- "Road Man" by Smash Mouth, the tale of a roadie who Drives Like Crazy to get a touring band's sound equipment from Point A to Point B as fast as possible (and also just because he wants to be "king of the road"). His monomaniacal focus on speed eventually gets him killed when he doesn't notice a train until it's too late.
- "Switzerland" by the comedy band Dead Cat Bounce is a song told from the perspective of one:
Such was the expression of the child as he bounced across my windscreen and off the other side.
I got the strong impression for a second that he wasn't so much angry as incredibly surprised.
And as I watched him in my rear view mirror slowly slip away,
I turned to my instructor and I felt I had to say...
"Do you think we should reschedule the test?
'Cause I'm starting now to think it might be best.
Either way, I'm pretty sure
You could have taught me clutch control
In a playground that was emptier than this."
- "Jesus Take the Wheel" is metaphorical, but that doesn't keep satirists from pointing out that Jesus' blood has a high alcohol content and that he shouldn't know how to drive.
- Vanessa Carlton has a rather grim song called "The Wreckage", where she dreams of either being the cause of a gruesome traffic accident, or one of the victims. Either way, this trope seems to be the cause.
- Ray Stevens has a more amusing one in Charlene Mac Kenzie of The Day I Tried to Teach Charlene MacKenzie how to Drive. Granted, it was her first time.
- Dr Bombay's Calcutta (Taxi Taxi Taxi) is about a song about a taxi driver in Calcutta (≧︿≦). Granted, the inference in the song to this fact is him saying he's almost blind and has no license (but he always finds the clutch). Played straighter in the video, however, which shows him, among other things, driving from ''outside'' his driver side window.
- The music video for "By The Way" by the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
- Anthrax's "Metal Thrashing Mad" - considering some of the lyrics
Racing down the road
- The first (and third) verse:
In a street machine of steel
Gears are jammed in full
I'm a madman at the wheel
Driving like a maniac
- And the second:
I can't go any faster
Buring up the road
And headed for disaster
- Hinted at in Joe Walsh's "Life's Been Good":
My Maserati does one-eighty-five,I lost my license; now I don't drive.
- In The Cardigans ' "My Favourite Game", Nina (the female lead singer) merely places a rock on her car's gas pedal, and then scoots away on a freeway. This is as destructive as you can imagine.
- The Offspring's "Bad Habit", if only because the other drivers are turning him Ax-Crazy.
- Rolling this trope, The Alleged Expert and Car Meets House into a nice single Failure Montage, the video for Rammstein's Benzin is this in spades. With five members of the band taking on the role of a dishevelled-looking firefighter team, the video starts out innocuously enough. Alarm call goes off, they suit up and head down to their fire truck. Then you actually see the damn thing; a colossal ten-wheel drive segmented monster in a parking bay the size of a small hangar. With the whole team sitting five-abreast in the cab, the act of merely driving into the city centre to rescue the rooftop jumper (portrayed by Flake, the band's keyboard player) causes untold chaos. The wheels knock down enough roadside trees to supply a lumber yard, they plough straight through a speeding freight train (the vehicle completely no-selling it, of course), knock a chunk out of a skyscraper by turning a corner, then flip the whole rig as they reach their destination. After showing their solution to the problem - a blanket stretched out between them - the video then cuts to black. Right as the blanket starts to noisily rip right down the middle.
Myths & Religion
- In The Bible, 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 Classical Mythology 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.
- Dave Barry 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 Williams Electronics' Indianapolis 500 is about an Indy Car racer who races off the track, gets directions from a farmer, and ends up stuck in traffic for his troubles.
- The backglass for Vacation America shows the family wagon flying offroad and crashing through a "Road Closed" barricade.
- 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. Amazingly, this is treated as a joke in the tag scene.
- 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.
- Car Talk: The Car Brothers always sign off with "Don't drive like my brother".
- Worra the minicab driver (Catch Phrase: "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, 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...
- Hollow Earth Expedition. Any character with the Reckless Driver skill in the Secrets of the Surface World supplement.
- In Warhammer 40,000's Apocalypse expansion, an Ork 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 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.
- 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.
- Magic: The Gathering has 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.
- 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 Vehicular Combat scenario.
- This is the whole point of any Vehicular Combat game you care to name, and a lot of racing ones as well.
- The Italian driver, M. Rossi, in Forza Motorsport 3. He'll mash other racers off the starting line, floors the gas constantly, and will pass in zones that no sane driver would try to pass in.
- Forza Horizon flat-out encourages you to do crazy stunts with your car to increase your in-game popularity rating, which helps unlock more races, more cars, and even award you money. Said stunts include zipping past oncoming traffic, jumping or bouncing, smashing objects, drifting etc. The game even have separate names for each stunt you do, such as Daredevil (zipping past multiple cars), Wrecking Ball (smashing a lot of objects), or even Kangaroo (bouncing your car). But you don't get any reward for directly crashing into cars or scenery.
- To milder extent, Test Drive Unlimited 2 is similar to Forza Horizon above, although the number of stunts you can pull are fewer.
- This is the premise of the Crazy Taxi series of video games. The driving style of the Crazy Taxi Delivery Service was once described by Tips and Tricks as "record time without road maps, speed limits, or a regard for anyone's personal safety". You get tips from your customers for doing tricks like jumps, drifts, and near-misses, and driving fast is essential to racking up high fares.
- Burnout: This is part of the premise; it even gives you points for traffic checks (however, you can never win at a game of chicken). The more dangerous the driving, the better.
- From Burnout 3: Takedown onward, most game modes in the series encourage you to run the other drivers off the road. Road Rage is a perennial favorite game type.
- Then there's the modes where you have to cause as much carnage as possible. Oh you'll die in the crash, no danger of that, how many innocent people can you take with you?
- The old racing game Whiplash (or Fatal Racing in Europe) was based around this as well, rewarding you for totalling your rivals' cars.
- Maya Amano, from Persona 2 duology. In the first game, Innocent Sin the party lets Maya drive the blimp from the Air Museum and she crashes it. She then tries to drive a boat in the last dungeon in and crashes into every rock along the way before the party asks Tatsuya to take over for her. She did so badly that its infamy persists across the Alternate Universe in the sequel Eternal Punishment, where Ulala tells her, "Oh no, you don't! I've had enough of your driving!" And later in the game Tatsuya insists that Jun drive the blimp instead. And when the time came for someone to drive a minisub, Tatsuya immediately volunteers so Maya won't even try. This is, apparently, due to Maya thinking her driving license applies to any vehicle, and her belief she's good enough to pull it off. The screams say otherwise.
- Highly common player behaviour in Grand Theft Auto, given traffic's general noncompliance with the speed the player often needs to get somewhere. It occasionally gets lampshaded:
- In Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, CJ has this reputation. And yet they always make him drive anyway...
Ryder: I'm saying that the East Coast made you drive like a idiot, fool! Man, you always crashing cars and shit. And for some reason, now you back, all it is is, "CJ, drive" here, "CJ, drive" there. Bullshit!
- In Grand Theft Auto V, all three of the protagonists will keep yelling at and insulting other drivers even though you - the player - crashed into them. You can go down a busy road at break-neck speed, ignore the red light, and t-bone another car just for your character to yell "THIS ACCIDENT IS ENTIRELY YOUR FAULT!!!" at that car's driver ... even when that driver didn't survive the impact.
- In Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, CJ has this reputation. And yet they always make him drive anyway...
- The Taxi drivers in Mario Is Missing! drive like lunatics. For example, at 3:10 in the video.
- Dangerous Dave in SSX 3. Though he's never seen in person, he's mentioned often by DJ Atomika on RADIO BIG. Among other things, plans to build an airport in Big Mountain were cancelled when it was learned that the only local with the qualifications to pilot any of the planes was Dangerous Dave. Oh, and his wrecked planes litter the backcountry; there are dozens. In fact, he crashes right into the Peak 3 backcountry just as you near the first checkpoint.
- Saints Row series go even further than it's GTA roots by encouraging the player to drive on the wrong side of the road and avoid collisions as narrowly as possible by awarding XP for it. Taken even further by more expansive shooting-while-driving system than GTA, which often results in you driving blind because you're shooting at a car behind you.
- The Boss in Saints Row 2 can also acknowledge his/her terrifying driving in a random quip during the "Thank you and Goodnight" mission. Everybody else does, too. That said, most of the motorists in Stillwater come under this trope, and the Boss will call other Saints on it if hitching a ride on a homie's vehicle.
- Lampshaded in the first game by Benjamin King:
- The whole point of Carmageddon. The first two were enhanced with the 'Prat Cam', a cutaway view of drivers Max Damage and Die Anna laughing, cussing, howling and screaming like lunatics.
- Call of Duty:
- From the series we have Private MacGregor. Despite his total lack of anything approaching driving skills in the African theatre, Captain Price still lets him drive a lorry full of prisoners in France. Much to everyone's horror.
- The first game has Sgt. Moody who manages to blast through half the German army in a clapped out old peugeot by virtue of being completely insane.
- To say driving in the F-Zero games is like driving in Aspen in the winter during a salt shortage is putting it lightly. One of the challenges of the games is trying to get used to the fact that you're driving near-frictionless hovercrafts near the speed of sound, however the people over at Amusement Vision had a field day with GX.
- Half-Life 2 gives us several moments in which Gordon (and by extension, the player) demonstrates that he is one of these:
- Just before the chapter Water Hazard (terrific name, by the way), Gordon is given an airboat with which he must navigate a system of canals. Taken up to eleven later when it becomes equipped with a recharging mini-gun.
- In the chapter Highway 17, Gordon is given a dune buggy equipped with the laser cannon you first encounter in Half-Life. Notice a pattern here?
- In Episode 2, Gordon finally gets to try a real road monster - a two-seater with a souped up engine that drives pretty darn fast on open stretches. There's an achievement for road killing a high number of enemies, and the crazier you drive, the more fun Alyx has riding shotgun.
- By the way, in all of the above examples, Gordon is either dodging terrain features, mine-laying helicopters, CP units on patrol, or local fauna, while still going as fast as possible.
- Mass Effect:
- The Mako APC handles superbly on flat terrain and in combat; however, there are very, very few sections of the game where flat terrain is present. The jagged mountains and very inhospitable terrain combined with little acceleration control results in somewhat... uneven driving. It's amazing permanent whiplash doesn't result. In addition, there is no such thing as fall damage while driving the Mako. This naturally leads to most players driving in straight lines towards their destination, regardless of what may lie in their way, i.e. canyons, mountains, buildings, geth armatures, very high cliffs...you can all but hear the passengers screaming.
- And that's when it's working properly. When it's glitched...well...
- The car chase in Lair of the Shadow Broker in the second game. For all of Liara's complaining whenever you almost-crash, she'll admit it's still better than the Mako. Since Shepard is the common variable between the two situations, it may be that s/he is a personal example of this trope.
Shepard: "I know."
Shepard: "I know!"
Shepard: "Heh. There we go!"
Liara: "You're enjoying this!"
- As a result of both the Mako and this little nod, it has become Fanon that Shepard drives like this always. Anytime Shepard comes anywhere near a drivable vehicle, everyone who has ever ridden with Shepard starts looking for alternatives.
- Shepard has only officially crashed the Mako once... after driving it through a Mass Relay!
- In Mass Effect 3, no-one lets James Vega forget about the incident on Mars, where his ingenious plan to take down an escaping enemy shuttle, was to crash their own shuttle into it. Even Shepard, whose own track record with vehicles isn't particularly spotless, gets in on it. This is probably because the shuttle he chose to crash into it with was armed.
- Continued in Mass Effect: Andromeda, as even without Shepard, Ryder is definitely a graduate from whatever driving school Shepard went to. Get a little too close to a cliff edge, and:
- Drack is a 1400-year-old krogan. Keep in mind, not even Grunt or Wrex freaked out at Shepard's driving. That speaks volumes.
- Similarly, vehicles in Unreal Tournament 2004 don't suffer damage from falling. This results in behavior like driving a tank off a bridge to get to the bottom of a canyon quickly. And since Car Fu is a favorite tactic and Friendly Fireproof is in effect, there's no reason not to drive like crazy and run over anything that moves. There's even a Daredevil award for pulling aerial stunts with ground vehicles.
- An early mission in Elite Beat Agents centers around a taxi driver who compulsively rockets around town. He's threatened to have his license revoked, but a pregnant woman in labor hops in and demands he step on it. Unable to decide between rocketing to the hospital or obeying the law, he screams for help. That's where the EBA come in.
- Gene Petromolla, one of the possible Love Interests in Mitsumete Knight, is a stagecoach driver who drives like this. Your first meet her when she almost runs over you.
- Scarface: The World is Yours:
"Oh look. Look at his fucking shoes. His fucking shoes flew off."
- It gives bonuses to the player for near-misses.
- And Tony can taunt drivers\pedestrians he hits.
- Max of Sam & Max Hit the Road is not a very good driver. In their own words:
Max: Mind if I drive?
Sam: Not if you don't mind me clawing at the dash and shrieking like a cheerleader.
- Not very surprising, considering he's too short to see over the dashboard. And given Sam's own driving skills, the fact that Max behind the wheels scares him should speak volumes.
- It's heavily implied that Ratchet isn't a particularly skilled pilot (pre-Tools of Destruction, at least), given the fact that he's managed to perform a crash landing in most every (if not every) ship he's handled. Including the sentient one. This is lampshaded on the first page in the first issue of the comic, too:
Ratchet: She's ready, I stake my pilot's license on it! [Gets glared at by Clank] Okay, I stake my theoretical pilot's license on it.
- Emmy Altava from the Professor Layton series doesn't give a crap about road laws. One wonders how she convinced Hershel to let her behind the wheel of the Laytonmobile in the movie.
- Deadly Premonition introduced the protagonist York while he's riving down a road in a heavy storm, smoking, typing on a laptop with one hand, and on the phone to his superiors discussing the sadomasochistic relationship of Tom and Jerry. He's the poster child for distracted driving, and yet he only loses control of the car after someone darts in front of him.
- Throw in that you sometimes get "Agent Honor" (basically small amounts of money) when you run over fences or hit telephone phones, and the animated York's tie hanging down whenever he flips over, the player is practically encouraged to be bad at driving.
- Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed will have almost every driver turn into this just on the basis of, well, being a game about Wacky Racing that goes for 'wacky' in as large letters as the box will allow. Insofar as a explicitly crazy individual serving as a driver, The Pyro serves as the kart driver of the Team Fortress 2 trio, and is about as grossly irresponsible as might be expected from a pyromaniac with a very thin grasp of reality.
- Rosalind Starling in Lollipop Chainsaw is a sixteen-year-old girl who just got her driver's license. Given that she's also a Nightmare Fetishist who deeply enjoys being terrified, one has to agree with her older sister Juliet when she wonders what in the hell the DMV was thinking giving her a license. The third level has you chase after Rosalind as she crashes her school bus (yes, she drives a school bus) through the entirety of a farm.
- Ophelia clearly has this opinion of Eddie's driving in Brütal Legend. It probably helps that she's never seen a car before the two of them used it to escape from the Tainted Coil's forces. And that Eddie was "escaping" by running over everything between them and the exit.
- Binary Domain has Cain, who managed to drift with a van.
- The GUN Truck in Sonic Adventure 2 was already bad enough, keeping up with Sonic in the video game equivalent of San Francisco, but it gets taken Up to Eleven in Sonic Generations when it chases Sonic up on buildings' walls.
- The title character in 1931: Scheherazade at the Library of Pergamum is a terrible driver, according to her best friend.
Anna: Remember that time you borrowed your aunt's Model T? There are still pieces of the poor thing embedded in that orphanage's walls!
Sadie: I still say that building jumped out at me.
- Roundabout features a spinning limousine, complete disregard for any traffic laws, and you're encouraged to take out pedestrians; some missions even require it.
- In Grisaia no Kajitsu 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 Grisaia no Rakuen 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 Malus Code 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.
- The Evil Guitarist from the Pimp Lando series runs over/crashes through old ladies, children, cats, skeletons, giant coffee mugs, Darboe, and, of course, Mr. Smiles. Three times. In the same episode.
- Red vs. Blue:
- A running gag is that due to the general level of (in)competence on both sides, basically no-one can drive. Especially the Warthog ("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 (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 somehow cause a fiery multi-car pileup despite going down a straight, simple road at five miles per hour.
- Mac Hall has a comic about this after one of the artist's friends turned off the street and drove over a curb just to get into a parking space.
"I'm an excellent city driver! Hell I'm a car NINJA!
See that parking space?! I'M THERE!! The driver next to us?! DEAD!
YOU DIDN'T HEAR ANYTHING!! NO ONE DID!!! "
- Molly in The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob!. It doesn't help that she doesn't have a license, her driving is self-taught, she tends to swipe people's cars without permission, and that she has installed a turbo boost button on Bob's car.
- In Freefall, Helix points out to Florence that, quote, "standing in a burning building while blind circus midgets throw knives at you is safer than driving across town with Sam", end quote.
Florence: You're right. Bad example.
- Adele of Agents of the Realm has a Cool Car and exploits that fact. The first time she drives, she nearly gives Norah a heart attack.
- It's heavily implied that Virus of Exterminatus Now is this. Despite never seeing him drive or pilot anything in the comic itself, he's managed to work himself a reputation for it, and there is nobody who will let him near a steering wheel. Not even Doc Brown. Not even the Black Guard.
- A Game of Fools: Joey, who doesn't really comprehend the purposes of speed limits and seems to hit multiple people and cause horrible accidents every time he drives. It's stated in one strip the only reason he got his licence is because the instructor was so terrified she gave it to him so he would stop.
Police Officer: Do you have any idea how fast you were going?
Joey: Not really, the speedo only goes up to 180.
Police Officer: This is a school zone!
Joey: I figure the less time I spend in the school zone, the less chance I have of hitting someone.
- Dr. McNinja's driving is SICKNASTY!
- Brawl in the Family:
- In the Touhou doujin 4koma Life of Maid, never let Meiling anywhere near a steering wheel.
- In Irregular Webcomic!, after a bad traffic gag, the author points out, "The good thing about traffic gags is that you can apply them to every city on the planet, and people will still laugh."
- In Darths & Droids, whenever Anakin makes a reckless piloting move, there's generally some comment that his player, Annie, is like this in real life. This continues after Annie switches to playing Leia Organa. From strip 999:
Jim: (in-character as Han Solo) We'll be able to park safely and do a three-point turn without incident.
Annie: (in-character as Leia Organa) Three point turns are for wusses. Chuck a lateral flame-out.
Sally: (out-of-character) Yeah! Like you showed me in the car yesterday!
Ben: (out-of-character) ... Aaaand no more lessons with Annie.
- In Questionable Content, Tai gets much too involved in her thoughts while behind the wheel.
- In Misfile, Kamikaze Kate, prior to Rumisiel exorcising her sister's ghost from her, definitely fit this trope.
- Bittersweet Candy Bowl has Sam.
- Karate Bears drive like animals, like crazy animals.
- Doc from The Whiteboard tends to drive several times speed limit. On mountain roads. With little regard to warning signs and barriers. Often in heavily modded vehicles. Roger's unexpected improvements to the vehicles contribute to crashes too. The cast are OK with that, if a bit nervous, but do warn newcomers. And sometimes even they can be surprised.
- Sluggy Freelance: The one time Torg let Aylee drive, he learned that she thought Carmageddon was supposed to teach proper driving behavior.
- Deer Me: Viana Doesulen really does not like driving. Two strips showed that she sees the the driver's seat as a spiked torture device and the road as a narrow path threatened by falling rocks.
- Gary Heart in S.S.D.D. Local Axe-Crazy Sociopath Norman is left very shaken.
- Flintlocke's Guide to Azeroth: Flintlocke manages to completely invert a dirigible as well as bank it while perpendicular to the ground, which is somewhere between 'not recommended' and 'physically impossible.' His flying is summed up pithily by their Dirty Coward priest:
Flintlocke: C'mon, me pilotin' weren't so bad.
Schweitzer: You fly the way undead eat. Sloppy and terrifying.
- In Scandinavia and the World, Sister France is proud that her car only has one dent.
- Yes & No: A Dyseducational Road Movie shows the crazy drivers have better luck than the cooperative drivers.
Show me how you drive, and I'll show you what kind of idiot you are.
- Code MENT:
- "Look! No hands!"
- Episode Ten:
Liberation Member: Sir, for the love of God, open your eyes!
Tohdoh:' I won't lie: I've been drinking again.
- SCP Foundation: There's a joke entry for "Dr. Gerald's Driving Skills". Apparently, Dr. Gerald is a supernaturally dangerous driver, to the extent that letting him get behind the wheel of any vehicle for any length of time (even mere seconds) will result in a hail of explosions, blood, and twisted metal right out of a Michael Bay chase sequence.* The scientists decided to test their hypothesis that roller skates technically count as vehicles by making him skate into their Iranian counterpart's headquarters. Ka-boom. He managed to exceed Mach 3 on a golf cart. Someone had the idea to try to kill SCP-682 by putting it in a vehicle that Dr. Gerald will then drive, since nobody and nothing has survived a trip with him yet.
"Plans are being made to construct a vehicle which can contain SCP-682 long enough for Dr. Gerald to actually drive it."
- Shadowhunter Peril has Veronica Carter, who drives like a total maniac...and her vehicle of choice is a TANK. She enjoys blowing stuff up with it as well as driving, although it did come in handy during the Assault on Alicante arc, where she distracted a horde of demons, by shooting tank shells at them. Still, Ethan is scared of driving with her, and Umbra manages to find an excuse not to go with her.
- The Hire: The Driver is usually some variant of this during chase scenes, but he spends almost the entirety of Star this way, much to the chagrin of the verbally abusive prima donna who failed to put on her seatbelt when she was asked to. He is very obviously enjoying himself too.
- When GameChap tries the latest Need for Speed game, Bertie is behind the wheel. True to his character, he manages to plow through everything possible, crash spectacularly, become chased by the police almost instantly, and terrify Game Chap at the thought of him driving in real life. Also, again true to his character, Bertie blames everybody but him, including the police, for the crashes and mayhem.
Bertie: He's a useless driver, he shouldn't even be a police officer! Quickly, let's go!Game Chap: He's trying to stop you, you know!Bertie: We've got to get away from him, he's obviously a rogue!
- There is a blog specifically to capture daily occurrences of bad driving in Los Angeles, known as L.A. Can't Drive. Firsthand accounts can be found in bushels here.
- According to Brownie's Profile, she is known for driving while under the influence of caffeine, which is the equivalent of either driving drunk and/or under the influence of PCP, thus, she usually gets her licence taken away. Apparently, she also has a habit of running her friend Toki over and tends to drive on the curve, as well as crash into buildings. Amoridere states that, somehow, she drives on top of buildings and was once observed driving on electrical and telephone wires.
- In that vein, according to Amoridere, Toki is this to a degree in that she sometimes tosses traffic/driving laws to the side and does what she wants, which often involves doing U-turns, doughnuts, and driving in reverse, all mostly occurring on a freeway and/or in heavy traffic, along with driving on top of other cars, doubly so when she wants to go somewhere fast. She also drives while doing something else, like changing diapers, for example. Unlike the aforementioned Brownie, she doesn't seem to get any sort of punishment for that.
- It's not uncommon for the Achievement Hunter crew to be like this in their Let's Play Grand Theft Auto series, though Gavin Free takes the cake. So much so that his Team Lads teammates Michael Jones and Ray Narvaez, Jr. will automatically declare that Gavin not drive if their event is critical.
- Headless Wonder is like this in his Jak II: Renegade Lets Play. To quote a cutaway—"Alright, after a couple car swaps, explosions, and a police chase, we're finally at our destination!"
- SCP Foundation personnel Dr. Gerald is such a bad driver, his Driving Skills are themselves an SPC. (Of the Euclid class, no less.)
- Gulab from The Solstice War gets behind the sticks of a stolen tank and proceeds to crash it into several different buildings. She can't even get it to go forward, so it crashes everywhere in reverse.
- In Episode 10 of The Autobiography of Jane Eyre, Jane meets her employer Mr Rochester without knowing it's him. In the book, he fell off a horse on an icy road, and it's re-imagined as a minor car accident. Jane was standing in the middle of a road that is never busy, shooting an entry for her vlog, and he nearly ran her over. She obviously thinks he Drives Like Crazy, though she admits she should have been more careful as well.
- During episode 9 of Vaguely Recalling JoJo, Polnareff learns the hard way that Kakyoin drives like crazy because his prior driving experience comes from F-Mega.
- YouTube has plenty of "Bad Drivers" videos to laugh or cringe at, from all over the globe. While some videos show some gut-wrenching wrecks, there is a growing trend of "video-journals" by drivers who encounter traffic menaces on their trips to just about anywhere, complete with their verbal emotions towards the moving violations.
- In Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers, Shane Gooseman considers "any landing you can walk away from" an example of perfectly valid piloting skills. Seeing as he is a genetically-engineered super soldier, his definition is a bit on the broad side.
- Alvin and the Chipmunks: Ride in a car with Miss Miller at your own risk.
- An Animaniacs short titled "Little Old Slappy From Pasadena" is essentially a music video for the song "The Little Old Lady From Pasadena", with Slappy Squirrel in the title role, racing around town as the song plays.
Slappy:(the short's only line of dialogue) And I never took a lesson in my life!
- One of the Batman Rogues in the Batman/ Superman crossover episode "World's Finest" is a very bad driver, and surprisingly, it's not The Joker, it's Harley Quinn. Just watch the scene where she impersonates Mercy and drives Lex Luthor's limo to the Joker, and it will become extremely apparent how bad she is at driving.
- On Beetlejuice, B.J. and Lydia's sentient car Doomie is a peaceful pacifist. At least until it sees a dog, then it transforms into a poster child for AAA.
- Whatever you do, don't let Bonkers get behind the wheel of any vehicle.
- Stinkmeaner from The Boondocks, due to driving a car while blind, and not giving a damn if he hurts anyone.
- Camp Lazlo: Slinkman of all people turned into this when he had the Idiot Ball. First he nearly wrecked a bus full of children due to the horrible shock of Lazlo agreeing to sit next to a girl. Later on, he was mocking and deliberately crashing through every sign he saw — still in a bus full of children — because he was disappointed with their latest field trip.
- Gadget in the opening scene of the Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers episode "The Case of the Cola Cult".
- Clerks: The Animated Series:
- "Oh, no! Bear is driving? How can this be?!!"
- Danny Phantom: Jack Fenton's driving ignores all speed limits, red lights, and certain laws of physics.
Tucker: Couldn't you have just flown us?
Danny: The way my Dad drives, this is faster.
- Lee's mom in Detentionaire, complete with throwing her passengers around and plenty of road rage. Cam has this to say on the topic of Mrs. Ping's driving: “Woah, Mrs. Ping! Every drive with you is like an adventure in almost dying! ...Don't get me wrong, though, you know, it's awesome.”
- The 1950 cartoon Motor Mania has Goofy as Mr. Walker, a mild-mannered suburbanite who becomes a different person behind the wheel: the ill-tempered reckless driver Mr. Wheeler.
- Max actually plays clips from this short in an episode of House of Mouse, to get even with his dad for not letting him get a car.
- Goofy gets to be a bad driver again in the feature film A Goofy Movie, with one notable instance where he is reading the road map while driving, causing Max to tell him to put the map away after he nearly had a head-on collision with a truck.
- He also appeared in a couple of educational shorts in the 1960s, playing various types of bad drivers seen in the then newly constructed freeway system.
- Donald Duck in the first part of Donald's Tire Trouble.
- The TV version of Donkey Kong Country turns Funky Kong into one of these, airplane-style. He's a fair pilot, but tends to do a lot of loops and flips whenever he's flying, at one point flying upside-down without realizing it.
- Ling Ling in Drawn Together is shown to be a horrible driver until he gets surgery to be less Asian. Yeah.
- Launchpad McQuack of DuckTales and Darkwing Duck is of the Flies Like Crazy variety. He's actually a very skilled pilot and capable of some rather insane feats of aerobatics, but it's the landings you really have to watch out for.
- The Fairly OddParents!: Wanda is definitely a crazy driver. She caused fires, down power lines, construction workers to take shelter in a sewer, etc. just because of her driving. Cosmo replies to her driving with this:
Cosmo: Hey look you made some new friends!
- Peter from Family Guy. His offenses include getting easily distracted, attempting to pull off dangerous and idiotic stunts, one time driving blindfolded, and of course, drunk driving. The fact that the worst consequence that he ever faced was one time getting his license suspended is pretty unbelievable. Although he did die once in a drunk driving accident before Death decided to revive him.
- Bloo in Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends. After hijacking the Foster's Bus, he takes Mac all over the place, getting part time jobs as delivery boys in the process, and by the end of the episode, has the entire police force waiting outside the front door when they get back home. Oh yeah, and Mac was the one driving at one point, completely hopped up on sugar.
- Bobo from Generator Rex. He seems to take a perverse pride in not having a license. Granted he is a chimpanzee, but this does not stop him driving heavy armoured vehicles.
- Grunkle Stan from Gravity Falls can hardly put his hands on the steering wheel before he ends up crashing into something, since his cataracts render him legally blind.
- This is a running gag on and off in episodes of the series Jem When the character Pizzazz drives anything cries of "Pizzazz look out" are usually heard as a common occurrence no matter what vehicle it is.
- In Jonny Quest: The Real Adventures, Race falls into crazy driver mode when Jessie goes missing. Jonny as well, even without that excuse. But then again, he is only 14.
- Stumpy from Kaeloo. He normally crashes into everything in sight, and Bad Kaeloo actually punishes Mr. Cat in one episode by smashing him through a car and letting Stumpy drive (and considers it worse than punching or strangling him).
- Master Shifu of all people in Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness. He drives a noodle cart/car recklessly down the Jade Palace stairway and even says a cheerful "I'm a good driver!"
- The Legend of Korra: Korra "parks" Asami's car by smashing it into a lamppost near the docks and netting about ten parking tickets in the process. When critiqued, she immediately points out that she does not know how to drive and was left alone to take the car home. Bolin compliments her on doing that well, given the circumstances. We actually see her drive in the third season, but instead of being reckless she's excessively slow and cautious, counter to her usual Hot-Blooded attitude.
- Roger in Littlest Pet Shop (2012) straddles between this and an accidental Badass Driver: The first time he was shown driving in the series, he veered into a crowded subway station and back out without harming anybody. Most subsequent portrayals of him behind the wheel has shown him goofing around like playing Air Guitar with his eyes shut tight (much to Blythe's dismay). That being said, he apparently makes a good chaffeur when that becomes his job, and he is the best passenger plane pilot his company has.
- Often subverted as Blythe does some reckless driving of a delivery truck filled with sweets while rescuing her Littlest Pet Shop friends, preventing them from getting killed, as she gets into trouble with the law for driving without a driver's license.
- Lola Bunny and Daffy Duck in The Looney Tunes Show prove to be this as well when they takes their drivers' test in the same episode.
- Leni Loud from The Loud House has failed her driving test a total of 14 times, and as Lori notes, she can't even drive a lawn mower without Lincoln and his sisters all resorting to "Leni speak".
- Coop from Megas XLR. When he had to renew his driver's license, the instructor passed him more out of fear than approval. He also operates his Humongous Mecha this way...
- Grandpa Moo from The Moo Family Holiday Hoedown displays signs of this trope, in the scene where he drives the auto-moo-bile towards the stadium.
- In Motorcity, Mike Chilton is this, as far as Chuck is concerned. Although Mike's actually a very skilled driver at that.
- Nefer-tina of Mummies Alive! is actually a good driver. Unfortunately, she never fully understands that red means stop and green means go.
- In Phineas and Ferb, Doofenshmirtz is usually shown as a good driver, but that changes in the episode, "Doonkleberry Imperative" when Doof has to take the dreaded "Drusselstein Driving Test Waltz".
- Colleen in Road Rovers. Thankfully, the car does have airbags.
- Virginia Wolfe on the Rocko's Modern Life episode "Driving Mrs. Wolfe."
- Sh'lainn Blaze in Roswell Conspiracies: Aliens, Myths and Legends. She hates technology to begin with, and therefore doesn't know how to drive. Nick gets rather annoyed when she tries to drive his car.
- During Samurai Jack Jack once decides to pile some hostages into a getaway skycar and drive them to safety. Promptly this Fish Out of Temporal Water rams the car backwards into other cars, then has it shoot off far too fast in random directions because he does not know what buttons to press. One of the hostages bodily pulls his foot off the acceleration and takes over; despite being an alien who's never seen this vehicle before, she does a better job.
- In Season 5 Jack has had about fifty years to adjust to the future and operates his Cool Bike with much more competence.
- Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century: Lestrade's recklessness behind the wheel is a Running Joke. The very first scene of the series involves her inflicting massive property damage during a Car Chase (in a Flying Car).
- A common joke on The Simpsons.
Lisa: Yeah, I got it!
- Otto, the school bus driver, is frequently portrayed this way. The fact that he's almost always baked probably has something to do with it.
- Homer also has his moments. Once, while driving down the road, covered his chest with nacho makings... then, needing to make room for the last ingredient, leaned his seat back so far that he couldn't see out the windshield at all. He has also been observed making fondue while behind the one, once had an an oven in his car that he used while driving and tried to drive with a bucket stuck in his head with only two tiny eye-holes. He also once had a smoke machine operating in the car, to which he said something to the effect of "This is stupid, even for me." Homer's ability to get frequently distracted behind the wheel has sometimes lead to Lisa being forced to take the wheel instead, and her lack of reaction seems to suggest that this has long since become a normal thing for her.
- And Marge of all people develops a streak of this when she gets a super-sized SUV called the Canyonero, to the point of having to take classes for road rage.
- Mr. Burns drives a 19th-century automobile in the manner of early motorists (i.e. with complete disregard of any traffic rules) in one episode, exclaiming "Watch out, I'm motorized!" while pedestrians scramble out of the way of his wildly-swerving car.
- Spongebob Squarepants:
Spongebob: Ya don't need a license to drive a sandwich.
- Spongebob can never pass his driving (boating) test properly. Once his teacher passes him just to get him out of her class, but becomes overwhelmed by guilt and fear thanks to a Imagine Spot of SpongeBob running over pedestrians.
- In "Mrs. Puff, You're Fired", said teacher gets fired, resulting in SpongeBob receiving a Drill Sergeant Nasty shark for an instructor. After the whole regiment of Training from Hell, including crawling throuh the street, acid pit and the like, SpongeBob became an excellent driver... when and only if his eyes are closed.
- Also, his talents in driving is limited to only a boat, where he can drive anything except it, even a rock or a sandwich.
- In early episodes, Spongebob states that he does know how to drive quite well and memorized all the boating rules, but he just gets nervous behind the wheel and can't focus. Due to Flanderization, he's just a bad driver with a bad case of road rage who frequently causes massive property damage to the entire city during his tests.
- The taxicab driver in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987) episode "Raphael Drives 'em Wild".
Raphael: Are you sure you didn't get your DRIVER'S LICENSE FROM A BOX OF POPCORN?!?!?!?!
- In Thomas the Tank Engine, this crops up many times. For example, Duncan sways a lot (or, to use his driver's words, does 'rock n' roll', and Bertie will often push himself to the limit, especially if he's racing Thomas. One episode features a bi-plane called Tiger Moth who flies like crazy. Even the Fat Controller/Sir Topham Hatt is horrible at driving.
Winston: (About the Fat Controller's driving) Early days, sir, early days.
- Transformers Animated:
Optimus: I have to hand it to the humans, driving is much more difficult than it looks.
- Interestingly enough, the Autobots. In "Human Error", they are seemingly turned into humans, and have to drive the vehicles their altmodes are based on. What an APC was doing in downtown, who knows? Optimus trails hoses everywhere, Ratchet drives backwards, and Bulkhead smashes into stuff (oh wait, he does that normally). They're used to being cars, not driving them.
- Ratchet might actually be the dark horse of the Automen when it comes to driving skills — he may have been driving backwards, but he was doing so at highway speeds and not having as much trouble as anyone else!
- Sentinel Prime displays poor driving skills in "Where Is Thy Sting", and has no such excuse. Before that he showed a complete disregard for any human traffic laws, thinking human laws aren't worth following, immediately before driving off an unfinished bridge.
- The evil Cool Car combiner team from The Transformers known as the Stunticons drive like complete and utter maniacs... which, to be fair, they are, since their roster includes a megalomaniac, an egomaniac, a paranoiac, a nihilist, and a psychopath. Since they're the bad guys, they're not the kind to care very much about trifles like street safety or collateral damage and so their driving could be described as negligent at best (and outright homicidal at most other times).
- The Venture Bros.:
- Though a very skilled driver, Brock Samson, when renewing his license to kill, totaled every car but his own on the driving range.
- Hank drove this way in a more conventional sense (swerving from one side of the road to the other, going far too fast, etc.) when Dr. Girlfriends forced him to drive Brock's car to the Monarch's flying cocoon.
- Everyone on Wacky Races.
- Martin full-stop in Wild Kratts, who has driven their poor jeep flying over a ravine, forgets to put on the parking brake, and lost the keys three times.
- Kitty Pryde, in X-Men: Evolution, is so bad that she scared Wolverine. It doesn't help that, instead of avoiding hitting stuff, she phases the car through it.
- This is after, of course, he volunteered for what Professor Xavier described as a dangerous mission (without giving the specific details). Kitty drove so badly she terrified a man who can heal any injury and can't break a bone into his body! And to cap it off, Wolverine felt that Xavier had abused their trust by underselling just how dangerous this adventure would be.
As you will soon learn from below examples, if an area has sufficient number of cars, there will be crazy drivers.
- In Fresno, a car landed on the roof of an apartment. Perfectly. It must be seen to be believed.
- Los Angeles has so many really visible cases of bad driving that it has its own blog, L.A. Can't Drive, which updates with a new example every day.
- Jeremy Clarkson once described the Barbados Highway Code as "you can do whatever you like, at whatever speed takes your fancy, so long as you are leaning on the horn at the time."
- In one case of dash cam camera footage a person was driving without any brakes, on top of that they were doing this for quite awhile so what do they do when they see a police car pull up? They try to stop the car by opening the driver's side door, leaning out and pulling a Fred Flintstone and trying to stop the car with their feet, and they didn't want the car rammed because they didn't want the car messed up. The reason they drove for 5 miles like that is because they were a commercial roofer and wanted to continue to work.
- San Francisco is known for taxi drivers who do "cannonball runs", roaring back and forth between San Francisco International Airport and S.F. propernote at the expense of their passengers' safety and well-being just so they can take full advantage of the airport's "if you get back here in 30 minutes we'll put you in a shorter taxi queue" system, which was meant as an Anti-Frustration Feature for drivers who end up with short-distance fares due to the standard taxi queue often resulting in hours-long waits.
- The State of Massachusetts—especially the Metro Boston area—has this reputation. Many stores in the state sell bumper stickers and t-shirts bearing the outline of the state and the statement "Using your turn signal just reveals your plans to the enemy". There is a song about Massachusetts drivers called "Who Taught These Idiots To Drive?". Paradoxically, since everyone knows all the other drivers are maniacs, most people take precautions that would seem insane anywhere else, with the end result being it's actually the safest state in the US to drive in.
- Drivers in Beirut are famous for just going as fast as they can, sidewalks, intersections, and hills (Beirut has a lot of hills) be damned. One DA artist (the creator of Malaak: Angel of Peace, in fact) did a series of "Driving Manuals" dedicated to her native Beirut, illustrating such motoring tasks as parking and dealing with congestion. (They later were collected in a book — and a second volume is on the way.)
- After spending some time in Najran, Saudi Arabia, John Dolan/the War Nerd listed the rules of the road as follows:
1. A lane is what I say it is; 2. Pedestrians need to be taught a lesson; 3. I can stop in the middle of the block if I see something I want to look at for a few minutes, and; 4. Red lights are a suggestion.
- Driving in India can make most people from countries with more, ahem, mellow drivers get the shakes. For Indian drivers, the reaction to being told that there are traffic rules is generally one of the following
- Drivers in Indonesia manage to do incredibly crazy things on the roads and manage to survive, which include going the wrong way on a road, piling 3 or more people on a motorcycle, wearing no helmets, completely missing the point of traffic lights and buses stopping everywhere.
- James May wrote a guide to driving in France for Top Gear magazine, listing handy phrases for use during a drive across France, such as, "You can't imagine that ever being allowed back home," and "How much longer until we get to Germany?"
In France, 'bumpers' are exactly that: basic pre-electronic sensors used to determine the position of your car relative to others when parking. Parking regulations are very liberal in France. Suitable parking places include roundabouts and any space slightly shorter than the car you're driving.
- The news article, "Why are Italians such crazy drivers?", from the viewpoint of an Italian journalist.
- There are several Dash Cam compilations like this from Russian roads, due to dash cams being legally required for purposes of insurance and police evidence.
- Any season of any of the Worst Driver series will likely include someone like this. Some of them are genuinely terrifying.
- One episode of Canada's Worst Driver featured a teenager so arrogant and unwilling to learn on top of his poor driving that they kicked him out... and he was training to be a cop.
- The guy who boasted about having sex with some girl while he was driving. The drawbacks to this arrangement should be fairly obvious.
- This. Driving like a lunatic is one thing, but this woman going straight through the wall of the test centre where she was meant to take her driving test and injuring 11 people might be something else entirely... This exact incident can be seen on the TV series Most Shocking: season 2, episode 13, titled "Dangerous Drivers 3".
- This used to be common in Formula One, as drivers would scare their opponents out of the way, but it fell out of favour in the push for increased safety following the death of Ayrton Senna. Nowadays, Japanese drivers use this trope a lot; Takuma Sato, Kamui Kobayashi and Ukyo Katayama are recent examples. Katayama was nicknamed Kamikaze, while Kobayashi has been called Cowboyashi, Kobabashi and Kowasabi. Otherwise, the Japanese drivers are considered the nicest and most polite on the grid.
- In 2012 Pastor Maldonado had a bizarre season, flicking between racing brilliantly without incident (such as his first win in Spain) to causing incident after incident, something he's been called out on numerous times. Sadly, this trend continued through the 2013 season and - although to a lesser extend - the 2014 season. This in turn has earned him nicknames like Crashtor Maldonado or Maldozer.
- The otherwise mild-mannered Ulysses S. Grant was actually quite the speed freak, and was the first president to be given a speeding ticket for going upwards of forty miles per hour on a street in Washington, D.C. — in a horse-drawn carriage. He also won an impromptu drag race against Andrew Johnson's carriage... with Pres. Johnson still in it.
- J. R. R. Tolkien was so bad at driving that his wife eventually refused to ride with him. He eventually forsook cars entirely and just used his bicycle.
- The BBC's youth-oriented channel, BBC3, runs a series called Barely Legal Drivers, in which lethally bad teenage drivers are profiled and challenged to prove they can drive sensibly, the prize for the best improver being a brand-new car. This has been criticized as rewarding bad driving, and the police have apparently been viewing footage of the series with a view to retrospectively charge the stars with really bad driving caught on camera; the BBC may also be prosecuted for aiding and abetting drunken driving and other road offences. See here
- In former NASA Flight Director Gene Kranz's autobiography, he describes landing at Patrick AFB in Florida and meeting a young man in a Chevy convertible who offered to drive him to Cape Canaveral. The man drove in a very fast and reckless way. Kranz wondered if he had hitched a ride with a madman and was surprised that the Air Force didn't pull them over. The driver turned out to be Gordo Cooper, one of America's first astronauts, whose fame allowed him to get away with this sort of thing. The Mercury astronauts also liked to stage impromptu drag races on their way to work.
- It's mentioned in an episode of Midnight Screenings that Dave Gobble (aka Max Force) of Team Snob is one of these. A popular story is the time he ran into a car full of foreign diplomats.
- Thomas Phillip "Tip" O'Neill, a Massachusetts Democrat and former Speaker of the House in the US House of Representatives, split his time between Boston and Washington DC and became well known for his habit of speeding through red lights in Washington DC in his worn down, rickety car while smoking cigars and knocking back cups of coffee with Congressman Edward Boland (with whom he shared an apartment in DC) but was never stopped by the DC police because they knew his car by sight. O'Neill's staff, naturally, was always afraid he would wreck his car in a spectacular fashion and in the process kill the man second in line to the Presidency after the Vice President.
- Canadian pianist Glenn Gould was famously a terrifying person with whom to drive. "It's true that I've driven through a number of red lights on occasion," he once remarked, "but on the other hand, I've stopped at a lot of green ones but never gotten credit for it."
- Though she's actually a very good driver, HM The Queen once infamously offered King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia a drive around the Balmoral Estate. Expecting a chauffeur he was very surprised to see the Queen herself take the wheel of the Land Rover (especially as women were not at that point allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia) and promptly proceed to drive at top speed along country roads, talking all the time. Apparently he eventually ended up begging her to slow down and concentrate.