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Although reality TV as a genre is about as played-out as can be in most respects, one thing we haven't seen enough of (or much of at all) in reality shows is driving.

A new show called America's Worst Driver plans to challenge the notion of what makes a good or bad driver as well as showcase how ridiculously bad some licensed drivers can be.

The new show roughly follows a formula that's already worked in about 15 other countries—including a short run in Canada five years ago.

In each episode, several drivers from a particular city (San Francisco, Seattle, Boston, New York, Miami and Chicago are among them), who've been nominated by a friend or family member, are tested against each other. If it's anything like the other international versions, contestants will be required to take a lesson each week on things like parallel parking, driving on slippery roads, driving in the dark, or towing a trailer. For instance, you can bet they'll be parking on San Francisco's steep streets.

Browsing through the contestants for the first episode, we find that one has hit more than 20 parked cars, another has driven through the garage door, and another is a road-rager.

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Grand prize for each show's winner: a bicycle, a bus pass, and—perhaps most importantly—to see their car totaled. The non-winners (the safer drivers) get new cars.

The series finals will be hosted in Los Angeles.

You can watch the official preview for the show below; its premier episode runs this next Sunday, March 14, at 10 pm on the Travel Channel.

What attitudes, habits or lacking skills are indicators of the worst drivers in your opinion? Is it signaling, lane discipline, speeding, distraction, or something else. Let us know in comments.

[Cars.com]

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Comments (11)
  1. Well, It was a "short run in Canada five years ago" if you only consider the first season (which the link refers to on Wikipedia) and ignore the next 4 seasons...
     
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  2. Ummm if i sent my wife to compete I "win" seeing my car get totaled?
     
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  3. I'm a sucker for competition-based reality shows, so I would definitely check this out. The format seems like it could be entertaining, but it's all about casting and editing from there.
     
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  4. Sounds like a nail-biter where you know sheetmetal's going to get twisted; you just don't know which vehicle and how. I like shows that celebrate inability.
     
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  5. The worst sin: Cluelessness. No awareness of what's happening around the idiot driver as s/he hurtles at 75 mph in a two-ton potential death machine. No idea there's are three rear-view mirrors. Or a speedometer. Or that the important thing to watch is AHEAD and not to the side, or to the passenger, or to the kids in back.
    Other countries make it much, MUCH harder to get a license. It's a privilege, not a right. But just imagine the squeals if we actually tried to enforce some semblence of KNOWLEDGE before you actually got the license to aim a motor vehicle at anything valuable ... why, it'd be COMMUNISM!!!
     
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  6. My friend is a good driver but driving with him is intolerable as he cusses out everyone that comes even close to cutting him off or does something mildly dumb. Some people really just need to chill out and learn to tolerate other horrible drivers because they aren't leaving the roads any time soon.
     
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  7. We had a similar show to this in my town. Let me just say: it got old really fast.
     
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  8. So nominating my wife:
    7 accidents in a 2-year span (not counting stationary objects-her own words)
    2 cars burned up on I75 after going 60k+ miles without an oil change
    Most recent incident was this January when she bounced off one curb with enough force to slide across the icy road and bounce of the other curb. She then drove on the highway into work with the wheels cambered inward and called stating the car was handling a little "funny." She bent the wheels and tie rods.
     
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  9. When vechiles get destroyed, will the people get re-embersed the value or even the note value of said vechile? It is not like every town/city in america has public transportation.
     
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  10. I see nothing of the deaths of folks due to bad driving. My opinion, people think so high of themselves they have NO regard for anyone on the road at all. So first is PRIDE- 2, DISOBEDIENCE- to posted laws, speed limits, drink and driving , etc and 3- IGNORANCE, they have no clue how to driver properly- I suggest a motorcyccle course for all drivers every 5 years.
     
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  11. DRIVERS THAT ARE LESS THAN 36 INCHES OFF YOUR BUMPER AFTER SPEEDING TO THIS POSITION. YOU OUGHT TO SEE HOW THEY APPROACH IN A REAR VIEW MIRROR. IT'S LIKE, OUT OF A SUSPENCE MOVIE. THEY ARE FLYING WHEN THEY DRIVE UP BEHIND YOU. THEN THEY TRY TO PUSH YOU TO DRIVE FASTER. ONLY YOU ARE IN A 35 MILE PER HOUR SPEED ZONE. I'M IN GEORGIA. NO, I DON'T LIVE ANYWHERE AROUND ATLANTA.
     
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