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"Where'd you learn how to steer?
You do eighty in second gear
When you drive, I can't relax
Got your license from Cracker Jacks
You just hit another tree
These fender benders are killin' me."
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You've probably dealt with one. The ones who 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 (whether on the road or in their pants, take your pick; meanwhile the maniacs behind the wheel avoid any major crashes themselves, besides perhaps a Fruit Cart, and if they survive, will yell "WATCH WHERE YOU'RE GOING!!"), their car will be covered in dents, any passengers are in for a traumatic experience... and woe betide any driver who dares to pass them. Expect them to pop up on a Sadist Show as a Lethal Klutz sooner or later. If it's very soon, it may overlap with Running Over The Plot.

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To the extent that it is still a living trope, this is often a stereotype of women, Asians, Asian women, Southern Europeans, New Englanders, elderly drivers, many a Deranged Taxi Driver, and the Hollywood Police Driving Academy. 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, and Kids Driving Cars. Often a cause of Watch the Paint Job or The Precious, Precious Car, or may be a reason someone Does Not Drive. 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 for this sort of behavior, unless they're having far too much fun.

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Antonym of the Badass Driver... most of the time.

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.


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    Advertising 
  • 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. As a tie-in to No Time to Die, Heineken would do something similar with Daniel Craig in Spain.
  • In this South African car insurance ad, two old ladies are driving at high speed through town in a huge car, while people scream as they leap out of their path. After a while, Mavis, the passenger, says "Muriel, did you know you've just gone through a red light and over a roundabout and you haven't even slowed down?" Muriel looks at Mavis in surprise and replies, "Am I driving?"

    Audio Plays 
  • The eponymous character of the Dutch series Ome Henk note  is a very anti-social and dangerous driver. He has been without a license for 36 years and ends up totaling the car in his first actual lesson by trying to jump an open bridge. His rival Arie de Beuker note  isn't any better despite being a professional trucker.

    Card Games 
  • 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.

    Comic Strips 
  • 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!!"
  • Calvin and Hobbes:
    • Calvin on his sled (or wagon). He seems to enjoy hitting "every obstacle" on the hill, as Hobbes put it. He also prefers to have philosophical discussions during the ride, and therefore isn't paying attention to where he is going in the first place. These strips usually end with Calvin and Hobbes either crashing into something or going off a cliff.
      Calvin: We avoided the tree, didn't we?
      Hobbes: By going down the gulley and into the pond, yes.
    • Also:
      Calvin: You know, Dad, it disturbs me that this wagon has no safety belts and wouldn't survive a 30 mph collision with a stationary object.
      Calvin's Dad: Why do you bring this up?
      Calvin: No reason.
    • One strip with no dialogue starts with Suzy making a snowman; Calvin and Hobbes are out of control on their sled, there's a crash, then the snowman is sliding on the sled, and in the last panel, 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • "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:
      Paige: It's weird. I swear I've been in this car.
      Jason: You know, now that you mention it...
      Peter: Paige, I'm going to the mall. Need a ride?
  • 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?"
  • The Lockhorns: Loretta Lockhorn is not seen in a car as often as she's seen with steering wheel in hand.
  • 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.

    Films — Animation 
  • 101 Dalmatians:
    • Cruella de Vil drives her hot rod in a manner more fitting a monster truck, fishtailing all over the place and plowing through thickets to try and reach the escaping puppies.
    • Horace and Jasper also do this, swerving all over the road as they attempt to cut off the fleeing truck the dogs are on.
  • 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.
  • The Little Mermaid: In the "Tour of the Kingdom" sequence, Eric hands Ariel the reins to the carriage, and she ends up driving over a ravine. However, after jumping the ravine, she seems to ease up a bit.
  • The Mind's Eye: 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.
  • Ponyo: 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.
  • The Prince of Egypt: If Ramses and Moses' chariot race at the start of the movie is to be believed, crazy teenage drivers have been a problem a lot longer than we currently think.
  • Madame Medusa in The Rescuers, whether she's using her jet ski or 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.
  • 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!
  • Towards the end of The Secret Life of Pets 2, Gidget goes to help Max and Snowball with rescuing the tiger by having the cats of their Crazy Cat Lady hide all of their food. They then gather together for feeding time, forcing a trip to the store to get more food. The cat lady proves to ultimately be this, wearing what seems to be a Sleep Mask during the trip and actually sleeping during part of it. Most of the time, it seems like the cats are actually doing the driving.
  • 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.

    Jokes 
  • 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.
  • Two people are driving at high speed on a twisty mountain road.
    Passenger: Can't you slow down? I damn near get a heart attack every time you take a curve!
    Driver: Just close your eyes when we go around the bend. (beat) It's how I manage.

    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.

    Pinballs 
  • 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.

    Podcasts 
  • Chell from Sequinox is a nightmare behind the wheel. Though she at least insists on everyone wearing a seatbelt, at the same time she believes traffic signs are more of a suggestion. Yuki will do whatever she can to avoid driving in the same car as her. On the upside, the Chell Danielson Guarantee is that you'll always arrive somewhere on time, no matter how late you leave.

    Print Media 
  • 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".

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

    Radio 
  • Car Talk: Click and Clack always sign off with "Don't drive like my brother".
  • Worra the minicab driver (Catchphrase: "As the Pink Floyd say: Set the controls for the heart of the suuun!") in Linda Smith's a Brief History of Timewasting:
    Linda: Worra, 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...

    Roleplay 
  • 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.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Hollow Earth Expedition. Any character with the Reckless Driver skill in the Secrets of the Surface World supplement.
  • Warhammer 40,000:
    • In the 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.
    • The Kult of Speed are orks considered dangerously fixated on achieving high speeds... by other orks.
    • What's worse than orks driving trukks? Orks driving planes, as ork flyboyz are even crazier than most Speed Freaks and still consider their aircraft to be melee weapons in the event they ever run out of bullets (or if they get bored, orks aren't too picky).
    • The White Scars chapter of Space Marines: Space Mongols who've replaced horses with giant motorbikes. While not nearly as insane as orks, vehicular manslaughter are to be expected whenever they get into battle, especially since their obsession with higher speed started setting in.

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    Toys 
  • 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.

    Visual Novels 
  • Jumin Han from Mystic Messenger is so terrible at driving that it poses a threat to the life of everyone in the car. At one point during Jaehee's route, while he's trying to cover up the fact that he's emotionally spiraling due to the fact that it looks like Jaehee is intentionally slacking off and might even quit working for him because the player character is helping her realize that there's more to life than a job, he steals one of Seven's luxury cars and takes it for a joyride to blow off steam. The next time you talk to him in the chatroom, he casually sends a picture of the car that he took, only for everyone to see that it's flipped over in the middle of the road, windows shattered, and on fire. He refers to it as a "small accident." At least he knows that he's a godawful driver:
    Jumin: My father dragged me there but I came back by myself.
    Zen: Did you drive? Are you crazy?
    Jumin: No. The driver drove. That's why I'm still alive.
  • In The Fruit of Grisaia 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 The Eden of Grisaia 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.

    Web Animation 
  • 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.
  • In RWBY Chibi, Yang is a massive thrill-seeker, prompting her to do insane things such as flee from the cops in a car chase when Ruby accidentally robs a bank. Upon discovering a roadblock, excitedly yells to her teammates that she's going to jump it, much to their horror.
    • Ruby is an unfathomably bad driver. When she decides to learn how to drive, the episode opens with Ruby frantically weaving through the streets while nearly killing every single person on the sidewalk and almost launching her father out the window. It ends with the car totalled and set ablaze while even Yang looks on in shock.
  • 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.

    Web Original 
  • 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.
  • The Reddit community /r/IdiotsInCars collects various examples.
  • SCP Foundation:
    • There's a joke entry for "Dr. Gerald's Driving Skills", the aforementioned Dr. Gerald being such a bad driver that his driving skills are themselves an SCP. (Of the Euclid class, no less.) 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. Note  Being a passenger in a vehicle Dr. Gerald is driving is fatal, but miraculously Dr. Gerald himself would only suffer minor injuries. 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. 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."
    • The last photo included in the file is a yellow sign with the marking "ABSOLUTELY NOTHING; NEXT 22 MILES". The caption has this apt explanation:
      We have this tract of land over in ████████, ███████, just in case we have some sort of vehicular SCP that needs to be decommissioned. Coincidentally, it's also the only place that Dr. Gerald is able to drive without permission.
  • 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.
  • Toki and Co Wiki:
    • 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.

    Web Videos 
  • Achievement Hunter:
    • It's not uncommon for the 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.
    • For example, one GTA IV video showed Gavin getting into the cockpit of a helicopter. After nearly mowing down Michael (who'd not gotten in yet), Gavin finally lifts off into the sky... only to lose the chopper blades when they hit a nearby crane, having been weakened from the earlier damage, but landing perfectly in the process.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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!"
  • 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.
  • Nobody at Outside Xbox is good at controlling a car in videogames, except Mike, the resident rev-head, on a good day. (As for the bad days, well, Mike is also the resident Mad Bomber.) Across Lego games, Grand Theft Auto games, racing games, action games, platformers, it's a virtual guarantee that things are going to catch fire, break, explode, or all three at once as soon as a car gets involved. At one point Luke seems rather confused by the idea that careful driving might lead to better overall speed than screaming around every corner with the pedal shoved all the way to the floor.
    Jane: [while being strafed by a fighter jet in GTA Online]'' I'm trying to drive erratically, but it's no more or less erratic than I normally drive.
  • Some Call Me Johnny: Johnny's brother, Elliot, is this everytime he takes the wheel in L.A. Noire, intentionally going out of his way to run over as many pedestrians, objects, pedestrians with objects and even going as far as to wreck havoc on the game's physics just by driving!
  • In one of Techmoan's Muppet skits, it's mentioned that the YouTube Pedant had his driving license revoked after somehow managing to run over an undisclosed numbernote  of people... inside a McDonald's.
  • 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.

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SpongeBob's Bad Driving

SpongeBob never passes his boating test for his license because once he gets in the driver's seat, he freaks out and crashes.

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