Canada's Worst Driver

Mondays at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT

Synopsis

Nominated by friends and relatives who accompany them on their journey, eight Canadians are chosen each season of the series potentially to be named CANADA'S WORST DRIVER. The eight are sent to the Driver's Rehabilitation Centre where symbolically they are stripped of their car keys and/or driver's license. They are then subjected to a two-week session of driving challenges to test their driving skill and knowledge, each challenge first performed by the host, a self-professed average driver, to demonstrate that the challenge can be completed successfully. They are also provided assistance in improving their driving by a panel of experts. Each episode presents three challenges. Starting at the end of the season's second episode, the experts evaluate how each has done, and "graduates" one person per episode, the graduate getting back his/her keys/driver's license and allowed to drive away from the Centre. At the end of the two weeks on the season's finale where three drivers remain, each is subjected to an on-road test through a busy downtown city situation. After that, one of the remaining three will be named CANADA'S WORST DRIVER.

Season 13 Episode 1
Season 13 Episode 1
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Season 13 - Episode 1

"It All Begins Now"

Eight of most appalling drivers from across the nation make their way to the Rehabilitation Centre. They begin by carefully driving themselves and their nominator to the Rehab Centre. Once at the Rehab Centre it’s now up to each driver to absorb all the training and demonstrate that they possess the necessary skills to graduate. As tradition would have it, the drivers begin the episode by demonstrating their basic driving skill in the Assessment Challenge. Predictably, the experts are startled at the absence of skills this group possesses. At this point, it’s 's anybody's guess as to who ultimately will be named CANADA’S WORST DRIVER.

Season 13 Episode 2
Season 13 Episode 2
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Season 13 - Episode 2

"Look Here. Look There."

With Rehab underway, our drivers begin the episode by demonstrating if they know where their wheels are as they attempt to drive the Elevated Rails. Knowing where the wheels are has never been more important. Then, the eight begin this episode by attempting the infamous challenge called the Head to Head Challenge; completing a clean run in reverse may be more difficult than it seems. Finally, the inept eight will attempt to demonstrate the proper method of checking their blind spot. This Shoulder Check Challenge may pose some difficulties for some of these drivers. When the challenges are done the experts deliberate and determine who is entitled to return to public roads.

Season 13 Episode 3
Season 13 Episode 3
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Season 13 - Episode 3

"Threading the Needle"

The most appalling drivers from across the nation begin with learning how to use their side mirrors reversing around a long turn figure eight-Course in a 1991 Cadillac stretch limousine. Then, knowing where the wheels are plays a huge part as they try to stay the course on the annual Trough Challenge. Finally, with training behind them, our drivers must “look where they want to go” as they attempt the Eye of the Needle. When the challenges are done the experts deliberate and determine who is entitled to return to public roads.

Cast Info

Andrew Younghusband, Host and Writer
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Andrew Younghusband, Host and Writer

Andrew Younghusband is a writer, journalist, host and producer, who has worked in virtually every aspect of entertainment industry – film, stage, radio, print and television. Andrew is the host, creative producer and writer for CANADA’S WORST DRIVER, which is now revving up for its 13th season on Discovery.

In 2017, Andrew received a 2017 Canadian Screen Awards nomination for Best Writing in a Lifestyle or Reality/Competition Program or Series for this perennially popular series. Andrew is also the host, creative producer and writer for TOUGHER THAN IT LOOKS?, a series that finds the intrepid Younghusband taking on terrifying heights, extreme sports, tough trades, small spaces and strange hobbies. In its debut season on Discovery,  TOUGHER THAN IT LOOKS? earned the highest ratings in its time slot among entertainment specialty

programs and will return for a second season this Fall. Younghusband hosted and helmed six seasons of CANADA’S WORST HANYDMAN, and was the creative producer, writer and host of DON’T DRIVE HERE, an award-winning documentary series that airs in over 100 territories worldwide. He began acting at the age of fifteen. He has made several guest appearances in television series including The Outer Limits and Black Harbour. He served as host and wrote 65 episodes of the Gemini award-winning series Foodessence, then set sail as host of the series Tall Ship Chronicles.

In 2005 he was nominated for a Gemini Award in the category of Best Writing in an Information Program or Series for CANADA’S WORST DRIVER and in 2015 won a Canadian Screen Award for Best Host in a Variety, Lifestyle, Reality/Competition, or Talk Program or Series for Season 2 of DON’T DRIVE HERE.

Raised in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Andrew currently lives in Toronto.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adam, 25 Hometown: Kitchener, Ont. Nominated by: Pat, Father
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Adam, 25 Hometown: Kitchener, Ont. Nominated by: Pat, Father

Since his “big” accident, which involved him slowly driving into a ditch and causing no damage, Adam has been a nervous wreck behind the wheel. Emotionally, this accident destroyed his confidence and is preventing him from living his life to the fullest. Sometimes the simplest tasks, like driving the short distance to work, make Adam’s anxiety escalate, forcing him to pull over to allow other drivers to pass. Sadly, Adam’s poor driving ability is preventing him from pursuing his goal of becoming a real estate agent. Adam needs CANADA’S WORST DRIVER to rediscover his love of driving, manage his anxiety, get out of the house, and reach his goals in life!

Ashley, 26 Hometown: St. John’s, N.L. Nominated by: Jillian, Friend
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Ashley, 26 Hometown: St. John’s, N.L. Nominated by: Jillian, Friend

Ashley was nominated by former CANADA’S WORST DRIVER title holder and fellow Newfoundlander, Jillian. Ashley didn’t get her full licence until she got a full-time government job, and even now, she only drives her learned route between home and work. Ashley’s fear and anxiety manifests itself with crying and utter confusion. She grips the steering wheel too tightly and second guesses all of her decisions. She desperately wants to preserve her brand new car, which adds to her panic behind the wheel. Ashley needs to ramp up her confidence to drive the narrow, curvy streets of St. John’s, but most of all, she wants her independence!

Breanna, 20 Hometown: Milton, Ont. Nominated by: Georgina, Grandmother
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Breanna, 20 Hometown: Milton, Ont. Nominated by: Georgina, Grandmother

Breanna is the quintessential perfectionist. A self-described A-type personality, she needs to be in control at all times. But, as a new driver, Breanna is slowly learning you can’t control other drivers and their actions. Although she was only a passenger, the trauma from an unexpected collision two years ago has stuck with her, causing her driving to be disrupted by tears, panic, and anxiety. She’s put off moving past the learner’s stage of her licence, but with the encouragement of her grandmother, Georgina, she would love to overcome her fear of the road, reclaim her independence, and become a fully licenced driver and an independent young woman.

Joe, 50 Hometown: Maple, Ont. Nominated by: Tony, Best Friend
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Joe, 50 Hometown: Maple, Ont. Nominated by: Tony, Best Friend

Joe sees the road as his own personal closed road course. He weaves in and out of traffic, breaks traffic laws, runs red lights, exhibits road rage, and frankly, is an overall menace on the road. He’s overconfident in his driving skills, but the damage he’s incurred on his vehicles and the money he’s spent on tickets, repairs, and court dates suggest that confidence is misplaced. Tony, his best friend, has had it with Joe’s shenanigans. He’s reached a breaking point where he no longer wants to be a passenger or an accomplice to Joe’s ways. Is Joe ready to admit he needs to make some changes?

Julie, 37 Hometown: Edmonton, Alta. Nominated by: Lara, Best Friend
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Julie, 37 Hometown: Edmonton, Alta. Nominated by: Lara, Best Friend

Julie received the nickname “Crash” shortly after getting her licence at the age of 17. Since then, she’s been in approximately 16 accidents, written-off three vehicles, and even lost her licence once. Julie claims her impatience behind the wheel is the cause for most of her accidents, but it’s her lack of focus, atrocious parking, and unwillingness to follow road rules that add to the stats. As a mother, it’s all the more important for Julie to become a better and calmer driver for the sake of her five-year-old son. Julie’s nominator and long-time friend, Lara, feels Julie’s lack of responsibility stems from her husband and father buying her cars and paying for her insurance since she was a teenager. She’s never had to deal with the repercussions of her accidents, and if she doesn’t improve soon, this entitled mama could lose her licence for good.

Melanie, 27 Hometown: Oromocto, N.B. Nominated by: Christina, Best Friend
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Melanie, 27 Hometown: Oromocto, N.B. Nominated by: Christina, Best Friend

Melanie has a lot more responsibility than most 27- year- olds. With four kids, it is essential that Melanie drives – but she’s completely terrified behind the wheel. As an infrequent driver, she never gained the experience or skills she needed to drive confidently. Her recent divorce has forced Melanie to start a new life and get her back in the driver’s seat. Having two children with special needs, Melanie is required to take them to regular appointments. Even though she has a wheelchair van, she’s too scared to use the handicap parking spots, as they are too close to other vehicles. If Melanie doesn’t get help, she’s worried her anxiety is going to take over and stop her driving all together.

Shayne, 36 Hometown: Barrhaven, Ont. Nominated by: Shanna, Sister
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Shayne, 36 Hometown: Barrhaven, Ont. Nominated by: Shanna, Sister

At the age of 13, a near tragic accident changed Shayne forever. After being hit by a speeding car when he was younger, he almost lost his legs and even his life. Shayne spent his formative years recuperating and missing many important milestones, including getting his driver’s licence. This traumatic experience has had a profound effect on Shayne. After finally and begrudgingly getting his licence at the age of 34 so he could work as a farm hand, he got into another accident just two weeks later, and lost his job. He’s recently divorced and has moved in with his sister Shanna, until he can go back to work. But it’s not just work pushing him to get behind the wheel – Shayne wants to be able to drive and visit his new girlfriend in Ottawa on his own.

Travis, 36 Hometown: Edmonton, Alta. Nominated by: Apryl, Wife
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Travis, 36 Hometown: Edmonton, Alta. Nominated by: Apryl, Wife

Travis isn’t proud to admit that he’s had his learner’s permit for the past 18 years. When Travis was 18, he opted to move out on his own instead of buying a car and living with his parents. It wasn’t until he met his wife, Apryl, that his lack of driving really became a problem. She told him she wouldn’t marry a man without a licence, forcing Travis to book his driver’s test. Although he failed miserably, luckily, Apryl married him anyway. His lack of experience behind the wheel causes him to feel overwhelmed and anxious when he drives, and he admits these feelings get worse with each passing year. With a full-time IT career underway and talk of starting a family, Travis is under more pressure than ever to finally get his licence. Even though he’s terrified, he’s actually booked his driver’s test so he can come to driver’s rehab and gain the skills he needs to become a better driver.

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