One of the most common conversation topics many people can relate to is the weather. If we had no weather, many people would just stop making small-talk with others. It’s a common element within our society. Something else millions of people can relate to is bad drivers. We’ve all seen them, been in the same vehicle with them and in some cases, have actually been labeled a ‘bad driver’ by someone else. Well, you’re about to witness a few more during the 10th season of Canada’s Worst Driver on Discovery Network. http://www.discovery.ca/Shows/Canada-s-Worst-Driver
It’s hard for me to believe it’s already been almost 10 years since I was first approached to be a judge on the popular Discovery Network’s series. The first year was 2005 and was shot in the winter season. I think winter weather makes many people a ‘bad driver’, but what makes anyone the worst?
There are a few things to think about. Did these drivers get bad advice over the years and followed it thinking it would make them a good driver? Did their good driving habits just get replaced by poor habits? Did their driving attitude change over time? Do they lack logic? Or did they just squeak through the testing system and get a licence? Whatever their reasons for being a bad driver, things need to change before they or someone else get hurt…or worse.
In this 10th season of Canada’s Worst Driver we find a variety of drivers. It almost seems like it’s the same problems year after year. However, let’s hope this year’s list of participants will improve over time. Participants this year include Chanie who never really learned to drive. She went for her licence after being behind the wheel once. Yes, once. First of all, why would any of her family allow this to happen and secondly, the examiner screwed up big time for signing off on this person’s “ability”. The antics this driver does behind the wheel will make you shake your head. I’d say, grow up and take responsibility or stop driving altogether. Let’s see how she does on the challenges.
The next person is George. He believes he can make up his own rules while driving, including watching TV on his phone while driving. With new legislation most likely coming through in his home province, he won’t last. Either he’ll lose his licence, can’t afford the insurance or crash severely. The choices are his.
Ian comes next. This one seems odd as he drives for a living, yet he is a nervous driver. In one year he had 6 vehicle crashes and managed to write-off 2 vehicles. Refusing to take any responsibility for his actions, he blames his crashes on anything else and everyone else. It’s time for Ian to mature as well.
Jason is another person you have to scratch your head at when you see him drive. Jason is unaware of what he’s actually doing with his vehicle. He lacks focus and has short term memory problems. He’s banged into so many things, including his house! His driving is so bad that he’s been pulled over for impaired driving, even though he was NOT impaired. By the way, he now uses duct tape to keep his car together. Maybe it’s time for a bus pass.
A young, irresponsible person is next; Mariah. Mariah will drive after drinking regularly, according to her and she ignored speed limits and other rules of the road. Her monthly insurance is $500, plus the speeding and parking tickets she receives. I think she needs more help with her lifestyle than with her driving. Let’s hope she either learns how to change her driving ability or stops driving before she or someone else gets hurt.
Santana is the next participant. Although she’s from a small town, in the course of 4 years, she has estimated that she has hit between 200 and 300 things. It’s time to stop driving, change how you drive or take professional training. She was “self-taught” when she first attempted her licence. How can someone teach themselves when they have absolutely no ability? Santana proves that theory. Good luck!
Siham is up next. Roughly 4 years ago she was in a multiple vehicle rear crash. Since then she has lost her nerve to drive, although she still drives. Her driving gets her so upset that she loses her patience regularly and swears so often that it stops her from staying focused whatsoever. Can you say therapy? She’s determined to overcome this fear, but time will tell.
Lastly there’s Tyler. Tyler drives so slowly and takes a long time to make turns. He also drifts in and out of lanes regularly. He’s so timid behind the wheel that he will stop at a green light to see if anyone is coming. His actions get other drivers upset at him so much that it causes Tyler to get stressed out even more. The strange thing is that although Tyler has trouble dealing with the pressure of driving, it’s interesting to note that he’s a licenced pilot. Talk about pressure.
So there you have it. Season 10’s list of participants. Although they do challenges each and every episode, the real challenges happen on public roads. Will they be able to change their ways? Do they want to change their ways? Can they change their ways? Time will tell. Hopefully they’ll make the changes or seek professional help.