Got What It Takes To Be America's Worst Driver?

March 10, 2010
preview - America's Worst Drivers

preview - America's Worst Drivers

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.

preview - America's Worst Drivers

preview - America's Worst Drivers

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.


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