What Defines A Bad Driver?

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That Audi R8 in a canal is just another reminder the SLR Guy is not alone when it comes to bad driving. We all probably know at least one bad driver. But who is the worst? And how do you define a "bad" driver? The number of traffic violations? The number of accidents? Inability to control a vehicle? Personally, we think that inattentiveness deserves a place high on the list. One of the worst drivers we've ever known had a bad habit of eating, smoking, talking on a cell phone and fidgeting with the radio at the same time. Driving around with him in high school, in whatever beater he managed to scrape together enough pocket change for, was a harrowing experience. The closest I've ever come to dying in a car was with him behind the wheel of his dying Toyota Corolla hatch on a toll road. The entire trip with him he weaved across lanes, darted in and out of traffic, ran through toll gates and smoked close to a pack of cigarettes. Not once during this trip did we see either his one good eye or his one lazy eye meet the road. We survived, but only because of some sort of divine intervention. But that's us — who is the worst driver you know and how do you define bad driving? Give us some stories to go along with your response. (Hat tip to Al on the suggestion!) QOTD is your chance to answer the day's most pressing questions and experience the opinions of the insightful insiders, practicing pundits and gleeful gearheads that make up the Jalopnik commentariat. If you've got a suggestion for a good "Question Of The Day" send an email to tips at jalopnik dot com.


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Rob Emslie

In driving, as in sex and tattoo artistry, lack of attention to the task at hand will always be a fatal flaw.

If you're not focused on where you need to be a quarter mile ahead of you, you leave yourself open to unexpected lane changers, kids chasing balls into the street, spandex-wearing velodrome nazi hordes whizzing into lane in front of you, John L Law, and blowing by that cute blonde in the tank top and daisy dukes with the hood up on her classic GTO by the side of the road.

Pay attention people!