Canada's Worst Driver

Mondays at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT beginning Oct. 29

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 14 Episode 1
Season 14 Episode 1
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Season 14 - Episode 1

"Start Your Engines!"

Seven of the most appalling drivers from across the country make their way to the Rehabilitation Centre for the 14th season of Canada’s Worst Driver. Once they’ve checked into the Rehab Centre it’s up to each driver to absorb the training and demonstrate they have the necessary skills to graduate. The season begins with the Assessment Challenge, where the drivers demonstrate their basic driving skills; our experts are startled by the absence of skills and basic understanding amongst the drivers. At this point, it’s anybody's guess as to who ultimately will be named Canada’s Worst Driver.

Season 14 Episode 2
Season 14 Episode 2
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Season 14 - Episode 2

"Look Where You Wanna' Go"

With Driver Rehab underway, our drivers attempt to navigate the Elevated Rails; knowing where your wheels are has never been more important! Next up, the infamous Head to Head Challenge where drivers must complete a clean run in reverse. Finally, our reckless drivers will attempt to “Look Where They Want to Go” as they tackle the infamous Eye of the Needle. When the challenges are complete, our panel of experts deliberate and determine who has earned the right to return to public roads, and who must stay to receive more Driver Rehab.

Cast Info

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

Andrew Younghusband is an award-winning 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, writer, and Co-Executive Producer for the perennial hit CANADA’S WORST DRIVER, now revving up for its 14th unstoppable season on Discovery. Last season, the series was the most-watched on Discovery, and ranked the #1 Canadian series on entertainment specialty television. In 2017, Andrew received a Canadian Screen Awards nomination for Best Writing in a Lifestyle or Reality/Competition Program or Series for this incredibly enduring and beloved series.

Younghusband hosted and helmed six seasons of CANADA’S WORST HANDYMAN, 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Darris, 22 Hometown: Calgary. Nominated by: Mother, Jen
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Darris, 22 Hometown: Calgary. Nominated by: Mother, Jen

When Darris was 12, he was a passenger in a stolen car; they were speeding, lost control of the car, resulting in the death of his cousin. This traumatic experience hasn’t impacted Darris’ driving or actions on the road. Worse than his need for speed is his erratic temper and aggression behind the wheel. By 22, he has written off 4 vehicles and accumulated and fought over 100 tickets for serious driving infractions. His nominator is his mother, and his biggest enabler, as she helps Darris pay for his many fines and escalating insurance. But she has finally reached her breaking point – it’s time for Darris to grow up and take responsibility for his driving and consider the safety of others while on the road.

Brandon, 20 Hometown: Saint John, N.B. Nominated by: Best friend, Sarah
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Brandon, 20 Hometown: Saint John, N.B. Nominated by: Best friend, Sarah

Brandon’s driving motto is: “My car, my rules, my road.” Scrappy and outspoken, Brandon thinks he can do no wrong behind the wheel, but he lacks patience and hasn’t taken the time to actually learn how to drive properly. He struggles with basic technical movements, like parking and reversing.  Despite being an unskilled driver, he is keen on speeding. He stresses out easily while driving, experiencing significant anxiety behind the wheel. His nominator wants Brandon to learn how to drive so he can handle himself better on the road. Brandon is the only driver for his family; his ailing father needs to be driven to the hospital for weekly appointments. If Brandon were to lose his license, the outcome would be devastating to the family.

Ryan, 39 Hometown: Bedford, N.S. Nominated by: Best friend, Dave
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Ryan, 39 Hometown: Bedford, N.S. Nominated by: Best friend, Dave

Ryan, a father of three, is a distracted driver and excessive speeder who openly admits to driving while impaired. He’s been in multiple car accidents and has had countless speeding tickets. In order to stay on the road, Ryan has had to remortgage his house in order to pay for his tickets. For his nominator and best friend, it’s time for Ryan to get a handle on his reckless driving. Motivated by his kids, and his livelihood as a contractor, Ryan is starting to realize he’s at risk of losing it all if he doesn’t clean up his act.

Karlene, 62 Hometown: Airdrie, Alberta. Nominated by: Husband, Darrell
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Karlene, 62 Hometown: Airdrie, Alberta. Nominated by: Husband, Darrell

Karlene has always been a nervous fearful driver and didn’t get her license until she was 30. Her nervousness was amplified when, 12 years ago, as a pedestrian, she was struck by a car and badly injured. After two years of physiotherapy and recovery, Karlene was very hesitant to get behind the wheel again. But with so many doctors’ appointments, she needs to drive and be independent again. Her nominator, husband Dave, wants Karlene to expand and be comfortable in a wider driving radius. Karlene also wants to become a confident driver because she can feel herself becoming isolated; she wants to be more involved in her 5 kids and 9 grand children’s lives.

Alexis, 21 Hometown: Thunder Bay, Ont. Nominated by: Driving instructor, Gerry
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Alexis, 21 Hometown: Thunder Bay, Ont. Nominated by: Driving instructor, Gerry

In the 5 short years she’s had her driver’s license, Alexis has gone through 6 vehicles, all of which were completely damaged. In one of the crashes, she was T-boned while her infant daughter was in the backseat. Despite this, showing little remorse or concern, Alexis continues her reckless distracted driving. Her nominator wants Alexis to put her phone down while behind the wheel and focus on safety while driving. Alexis has now reached a point where her soaring insurance costs might force her to park her car permanently. If she doesn’t get help now, it’s the end of the road for Alexis.

Brittany, 32 Hometown: Victoria. Nominated by: Sister, Mia
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Brittany, 32 Hometown: Victoria. Nominated by: Sister, Mia

Between the bedazzled car console, oil diffuser, adorable puppy, mid-driving make-up application, and an ever-chiming cell phone, it’s no wonder Brittany has anxiety while driving. Unfortunately, Brittany’s anxiety manifests itself into full-on road rage. Since learning to drive, she’s received approximately 50 tickets ranging from a DUI, running red lights, speeding, and distracted driving; she’s also been involved in 20-30 accidents, written off 4 cars, and accumulated $80,000 in tickets and vehicle repairs. Brittany and her nominator, sister Mia, constantly clash over the recklessness and exorbitant amount of money wasted; Mia wants Brittany to get a handle on her driving and car repair costs, so they start repairing their relationship.

Descyara, 28 Hometown: Campbellford-Havelock, Ontario. Nominated by: Friend, Drew
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Descyara, 28 Hometown: Campbellford-Havelock, Ontario. Nominated by: Friend, Drew

Descyara (Descy) is a terror on the roads – she is a skilled driver who pushes the envelope so hard that safety and consequences go out the window. Erratic and reckless behind the wheel, she’s been in 6 accidents in just over a year and has a metal rod in her arm as a result of one of the crashes. As a mother of two, she’s fully aware that she’s putting her young passengers at risk, which is why all of her accidents happen when she’s alone. Descy has never had driver’s training and is completely self-taught. Her nominator, family and friends, believe Descy needs serious driving rehab before it’s too late.

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