Learning to drive a car is no simple task. When you’re sitting in the driver’s seat, you’re in control of a two ton vehicle that can move very quickly. That’s why there are so many rules and laws that we need to follow when it comes to driving. They keep us, other people, and the surrounding property safe.
Even though you need to pass a road test before you get your driver’s license, there seem to be many people who forget all the rules of the road by the time they are are adults. Then there are other people who know the laws but just don’t care. For one reason or another, they decide to drive their car their way, whether or not it’s safe or legal.
Here are some people who took bad driving to the extreme. They were caught driving or parking so badly that they make us wonder if we should really just stay off the road.
Between the lines
When you are parking a car, it’s important to park between the lines. You want to make sure that you stay within your own parking space so that other cars can park on either side of you, and so that you have room to exit your car without smashing your door into the neighboring cars.
It often takes a lot of practice to master the skill of parking. This person definitely parked between the lines – but they neglected to make sure they were the correct lines to park between! This is in no way a parking spot, and the car is blocking the exit to the parking lot.
Everyone knows that you’re not allowed to park in front of a fire hydrant, and there’s a very good reason for this. On the off chance that there is a fire, the fire fighters need to be able to access the nearest fire hydrant in order to put out the fire.
If something, like a vehicle for example, is blocking the fire hydrant, it can make putting out the fire much more difficult. The driver who parked their car here probably assumed that the chances of a house going up in flames were pretty slim, but that was clearly a mistake in retrospect. Now, they have to deal with two broken windows and probably a pretty hefty fine.
Having a clear view of the road is a very important requirement for driving safely. That’s why we have big windshields on the front of our cars, and windshield wipers to clean them off when it rains or they start to get dirty.
If you live in a place where it snows frequently, you get used to the weather and don’t let it interrupt your daily routine. You still need to factor several extra minutes into your morning to clear off your car before you head to work. This driver skipped that crucial step, and their windshield is completely covered in snow! There’s no way they can see the road, and that looks way dangerous to us!
As trucks get longer, they need more wheels to support all of their weight. Those big trucks on the road typically have 18 wheels, hence the name 18-wheeler. It gives them the strength and control to dive safely, even with a heavy load.
That being said, adding wheels to a smaller vehicle is definitely not going to make it work better, especially when those wheels aren’t made for the road. This tow truck seems to have lost a tire, and instead of replacing it, the driver hoisted the broken wheel up onto a four-wheeled dolly. We’re pretty sure that it’s only a matter of time before something goes wrong with this contraption!
This driver gave the term “drive through” a whole new meaning! From the looks of it, they were determined to make it through the gate even though it was on its way down. The car must have sped up to try to make it through the closing space, but just couldn’t get there in time.
Instead, the car went right through the metal bars, bending the metal gate as if it were made of paper clips. Miraculously, the car doesn’t even look too scratched up or damaged, leading us to wonder if maybe this parking garage should invest in a heavier gate. Still, the gate stopped the car so it did its job.
When your car is fancy
Some people with really luxurious cars seem to think that they have the right to park wherever they want. Nobody will dare tow their car because if they scratch such an expensive car even a little bit, the owner can sue them.
This overconfident Corvette owner went ahead and just stopped their car so it was blocking three whole parking spaces. In fact, it’s so badly done that we’re not sure if it can even be called parking.
Didn’t think things through
Usually, when someone has to move a large object from one place to another, they rent or borrow a truck to transport it.
This driver decided that it wasn’t necessary to find a vehicle that could actually fit their refrigerator, and they just went right ahead and moved it in the trunk of a compact car. Not only does this look ridiculous, the fridge is also quite precariously perched, and we sure wouldn’t want to be driving behind it in case it falls off.
Apparently, the person driving this SUV decided that the drive thru service window was an acceptable place to leave their car when they ran into the bank to use the restroom.
It wasn’t so convenient for the people behind them in line, though. The person who snapped this photograph was patiently waiting for their turn at the window but they had a long wait ahead of them. This kind of behavior is incredibly inconsiderate and we would not want to be stuck behind them at a drive thru.
When you can’t find a spot
If you live in a big city, chances are you know the struggles of driving around and around late at night looking for a parking place.
You just want to park your car and go home, but you also don’t want to get a ticket. From the looks of it, the owner of this car had enough and decided that they no longer cared about parking legally. We get it, but we imagine that there will be a big ole ticket on the car come morning.
Too close for comfort
When you park too close to another car, it makes it impossible to get out of your car. Sometimes, when the parking lot is completely full and the only open spot you can find requires some careful maneuvering, it’s acceptable to park like that.
However, when the lot is empty and another driver still feels the need to pull up really close, it can be a bit bothersome. We hope there’s a good reason why these two vehicles are parked so close together in an empty parking lot.
Real life Jenga
It looks nearly impossible to drive with this stack of pallets hanging out of the trunk! This is not the way that we would advise transporting these items from place to place.
It’s way too precariously stacked and we honestly have no idea how this driver made it even as far as they did. We also wouldn’t want to be caught on the road behind this car because we would be terrified that they would all come crashing down on top of us.
This is clearly a case of someone intentionally ignoring the rules. This parking spot is very narrow, so it is reserved for a compact car. That information is communicated to drivers through the words printed on the ground.
The owner of this massive vehicle just didn’t care. Maybe there were no other spots, or maybe they just didn’t want to drive around anymore. Even though there was absolutely no chance that their Hummer would fit between the lines, they still managed to wedge it into the parking spot.
That’s a spot, right?
Everything about this parking job is shameful. First of all, the area of the parking lot where you are supposed to put your shopping carts is decidedly not a parking space. Parking there is obviously not permitted.
In addition, the driver of this pickup truck parked right on top of the white line. Even if this was a real parking spot, this driver still would have failed to park properly. They need several more driving lessons before they should be allowed on the road.
Left a little space
Parallel parking is not always easy. It’s one of those skills that takes some time to develop. When you have to pull into a tight spot by the curb between two other cars, it’s understandable if it’s a little tough to park perfectly.
However, this driver didn’t even need to parallel park – they just needed to pull over on the side, and they didn’t even do that properly. They are so far from the curb that they seem to have just stopped in the middle of the road.
This isn’t your standard bad parking job – it’s much worse than that. For some reason, this driver thought it would be okay to park on the path to the helipad. This is not only rude and inconsiderate, it’s also dangerous!
If there’s an emergency, the rescue team needs to be able to get to and from the helicopter as fast as possible, likely with a stretcher in tow. If there’s a car in the way, it makes their job that much more difficult.
Not technically wrong
When the sign says, “Reserved for green vehicles,” it’s talking about green as in environmentally friendly. You see, a lot of companies and organizations are trying to prioritize cars with lower emissions to help save the planet, so they offer those who drive them perks like better parking spots.
This pickup truck is definitely not green in that sense of the word, but it is the color green. We’re not sure if this driver can be ticketed for parking here, because they are technically following the rules.
All together now
For some reason, every single car on this block parked in the wrong direction. The lines on the road are very clearly pointing to the left, but every driver parked with their cars pointing to the right.
We don’t know if this is a regular occurrence in this neighborhood, but now that everyone is facing the wrong way it’s going to be pretty challenging to get them back in the other direction. At this point, it might be simpler to just repaint the lines.
Motorcycles might be super cool, but they are also notoriously dangerous. It’s important to always make sure you are wearing adequate protection when you decide to go biking around town. It seems that this rule might apply to pets, too.
This biker wanted to bring his adorable dog along for a ride, and made sure to equip it with a helmet and goggles. That, combined with the way the dog is sitting makes it almost look like a person!
A balancing act
At first glance, this looks like some kind of army vehicle carrying a lot of heavy equipment. However, on closer inspection, it becomes apparent that it’s actually just a regular pickup truck carrying an astonishing number of chairs.
Maybe they were left last minute with no way to transport the furniture or perhaps they were simply too thrifty to rent a larger truck. Either way, it doesn’t look too steady and we wouldn’t want to be anywhere near that load on the highway!
Shoe in mouth
We’ve heard the expression to put your foot in your mouth, which is used when someone says or does something that they regret afterwards. However, this is the first time we have seen someone with a shoe in their mouth.
While there are tales about people getting so hungry that they eat their leather shoes, that does not seem to be the case here, and we don’t have any idea why this man is driving around town like this.
When someone parks badly, other drivers often want to teach them a lesson so they don’t do it again. Sometimes they do this by writing notes or drawing on the ground to make a point.
Other times, they show the terrible parker what’s what in the way that they park their own car nearby. Here, several drivers surrounded someone who parked their car smack dab in the middle of an empty parking lot. That person is not going to have an easy time pulling out, that’s for sure.
These backyard trampolines can be a whole lot of fun for the whole family, but they’re definitely not easy to transport from place to place. This risk-taker decided to simply load the trampoline up on top of the family minivan.
It can’t be easy to drive around with all that extra bulk on the car, and there’s no way that van will fit in just one lane. We hope the parents left the kids at home for this treacherous journey!
When you have a flat tire, you can’t keep driving around on it – that’s really dangerous! So what do you do if you still need to get where you’re going but don’t have a spare?
To be honest, we don’t have a good answer to that question, but we can tell you with certainty that you should not do this. This driver decided to replace one of their wheels with what looks like a big log. That can’t be good for the vehicle!
Concert for one
Good drivers know that they should always be paying attention to the road. When you’re driving a car, it’s a very bad idea to start doing other things like making phone calls or texting, and some places even have laws against it.
On that note, playing a trumpet while driving a car sounds like a really terrible idea. With only one hand on the steering wheel and a big metal instrument in his face, this guy is definitely a safety hazard.
Reading between the lines
Speaking of doing things you shouldn’t be doing while driving, here’s one we almost couldn’t believe. When we first saw this picture, we were sure we were looking at it wrong. How could someone seriously try to read a book while driving?
Unfortunately, the driver in this picture does indeed appear to be reading while sitting behind the steering wheel. That’s almost impossible to do, and the book surely diverts her attention from the road, making for an extremely dangerous ride.
Parked out back
For some reason, there are people who truly believe that they are entitled to park however they want. Even though this is a parking lot where people pull into spaces in order to accommodate as many cars as possible, one driver felt like parking their SUV their own way.
They parallel parked on the side of the parking lot. This doesn’t seem like it helps them in any way, and now that other cars are parked on either side, it’s going to be quite a challenge to pull out.
A clean break
Transporting big appliances like washing machines is not easy. Often, people pay the sellers or a moving company to deliver it for them, because they don’t fit in your average car. However, this person decided to do it themselves, and proceeded to fasten the washing machine to the hood of their car.
They even put a blanket underneath the washer to protect their car. They’re probably going to want more protection than that once they get on the road, though, because the driver can’t see out of the windshield.
Double parking fail
Many people get really frustrated when other road users double park. Parking spaces are designed for one vehicle each, not for anyone to park in the middle of. Can you imagine being in a bust shopping mall, struggling to find a space and seeing this?
Well, this person decided to get their own back and inconvenience this driver by placing shopping carts all round their car. While it’s easy enough to move them, it makes a point to the person who happily took two spaces.
We’re not too sure what this guy was thinking… Traffic clearly wasn’t going very quickly since everyone seems to be calmly breaking behind each other. This guy clearly wasn’t paying attention and panicked.
Veering off to the right-hand side, he’s mounted the ledge that separates vehicles from pedestrians. Did no one ever explain to this guy that they need to keep their eyes on the road? Hopefully, this was a wakeup call, because if he did that on a sidewalk, then there could be serious trouble.
When summer is on the way, you need to keep a blown up inflatable pool ready at all costs. Of course, this is totally dangerous since it looks like they have their sliding doors open in order to keep it in place somehow.
There is also the question which is why do they need to keep it inflated to transport it? Surely they have a way of pumping it up? They don’t need to take it everywhere as it is!
That’s a boat, not a parking space
Well, whoever this person is, they were keen to get to their vacation destination… So much so they forgot to put their foot on the brake. We’re not sure the owner of the boat is too pleased. After all, those things are worth a fair few dollars.
Luckily for the vehicle owner, the boat was there to break its fall, or they would have had to been rescued in the water… And the chances of that going well are pretty low.
In fairness to this guy’s son, he hasn’t passed his driving test yet, so low-proficiency is to be expected. However, most people who drive their parent’s car are super careful. Not this teen, who obviously stepped on it quite a bit.
While he may have done a fair bit of damage to the sidewalk, at least no one was hurt, and it seems his father finds it kind of funny. Of course, with this picture in their photo albums, he won’t be living it down any time soon.
Was this… smart?
This might seem like a good idea in theory, and seeing those cars next to a regular sized vehicle really shows how compact they are! We’re guessing these guys schemed this with each other, making sure they could get into one spot.
However, if people were to park around them, then there is no way they would get out. This was probably done to show the scale of the cars, but we don’t recommend people try this in real life.
Not an exit
They couldn’t have put this in a more bold font or in a brighter color. However, there are always a few people who don’t pay enough attention… They see the bright yellow lines and assume that’s the way to go.
They couldn’t have been more wrong. In fact, it strictly says that it is not an exit. This car obviously found itself in an awkward situation that it had to get out of quickly. They’ll be more vigilant next time.
Well, we’re not sure we can really blame the owner of this vehicle since it looks like it’s in a car parking space next to another car. However, can you imagine leaving your car in a perfectly good car parking space, only to discover it’s kinda sunk?
No doubt this car probably isn’t going to be any good after this. Cars aren’t really supposed to marinate in icy, sandy water. If we were the owner, we’d be filing a strongly worded complaint.
This car’s fate is set in stone
Or concrete. However, they’ll need to get it out before the concrete starts setting or they’re going to have some expensive repairs to make. We’re not too sure what bright person decided that driving on wet concrete was a good idea, but they’re certainly paying the price.
It doesn’t seem as if the men in the hi-vis jackets are too pleased. Perhaps they know that all that concrete will now need re-doing because someone didn’t pay attention while driving.
The wrong direction
We’re guessing this guy was keen for a swim, so keen in fact, that they thought they would take a shortcut. Sadly, that didn’t quite go according to plan. Of course, the likely story is more that they lost control of their vehicle and ended up on this ledge.
Lucky for them, in a way, that the ledge was there. Otherwise, they would be at the bottom of the canal. It looks like the people were recovered okay.