If you got the opportunity to live like a celebrity for the next 24 hours and could keep anything that you acquire within that time for life, what is the first thing you would go for? I bet you are thinking about many things, and a fancy car is definitely on your list, right? For those out there who have managed to become celebrities and are actually living your fantasy life, fancy cars are always one of the first things they buy. In fact, many of today’s celebrities have so much money they can afford to purchase multiple luxury cars; if they crash one or even a few of them, it isn’t usually a big deal.
Some celebrities are genuinely bad drivers, and when you hear about what they have done, you would even be afraid to share a road with them. These celebrities do not care for the well-being of other road users and tend to drive recklessly, under the influence of drugs and alcohol, or just make stupid and ignorant mistakes on the road. Such celebrities should not be allowed to drive at all.
On the other hand, we have a category of celebrities who we love to bits and are afraid that if they’re not careful, their wheels are likely to be the end of them. Such celebrities are not so much the careless type, but they just end up in accidents like the rest of us. We would not want them to start riding the train to their next gig or have to take the bus, but they can hire a driver or let a luxury limo company handle all their transport needs.
Here are ten celebrities we would want to see everywhere except behind the wheel of a car:
10. Tiger Woods
Woods is truly a Tiger, because he continues to play his favorite sport despite his previous negative publicity, and not even making the top 100-ranking list. However, Woods remains the highest paid golfer in the world, which is still a good thing for him. It is funny how Woods’ ‘minor accident’ paved way for the near destruction of his career. Woods rubbed against some bushes with his SUV, crossed the curb and swerving into the hydrant, which led to him crashing into a tree. If Woods had his car taken away before the accident, he would probably still be on top of the golf rankings and breaking more hearts.
9. Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the best and the highest paid soccer players in the world today. Ronaldo is nothing short of magnificent when he is on the pitch, and any team he is playing against knows very well that the chances of him scoring a goal are higher than him not scoring. However, in 2009 Ronaldo was involved in a car crash on his way to a practice session when he was still playing for Manchester United. His Ferrari hit a barrier in a tunnel and got badly damaged, the good thing is that Ronaldo escaped unhurt. Ronaldo’s car should be taken away, not because he is a bad driver, but because we cannot begin to think of a situation where he gets hurt and cannot play soccer anymore.
8. Usain Bolt
The whole world loves Usain Bolt because he is without a doubt the fastest man on the planet and he has a very likeable personality. Unlike most other celebrities who believe they are too high up to mingle with the masses, Bolt is the kind of guy who is easy and can share a laugh with anyone. However, when it comes to driving, Bolt is not they guy that many people would want to be in the driver’s seat next to them. Bolt has crashed at least two BMWs in the last few years, flipping one in 2009 and crashing another in 2012. Usain Bolt’s cars should be taken away, but it is purely because we love him and his speed too much to see a car accident slow him down.
7. Rowan Atkinson
Before you start asking who Rowan Atkinson is, you know him well because his stage name is Mr. Bean. Mr. Bean is one of the funniest people in Europe, and he has been entertaining audiences from across the globe for a very long time. Regardless of how popular he is and how much we love him, he still needs to stay away from driving for a very long time. Rowan Atkinson has managed to crash his McLaren F1 two times. Atkinson first reversed into a Range Rover in 1999, and on the second time, he lost control and hit both a tree and a lamppost. Thankfully, he was not seriously hurt. Rowan Atkinson is a car enthusiast so it is a bit hard to know which of his cars should be taken away, but it is just because we love laughing at his jokes so much.
6. Paris Hilton
Paris Hilton has a huge following as a socialite, an actress, a model, a singer, and the great-granddaughter of the founder of the Hilton Hotels. Paris Hilton has not been involved in many car accidents, but due to the fact that she is a celebrity, even the smallest accident counts. In June 2006, Paris backed her Range Rover and hit a parked Honda Civic after a shopping trip in Los Angeles. Paris stopped briefly but then continued to drive off. Because she did not have the courtesy to get out of her car or even leave her contact info for the other driver to get in touch with her, her car should be taken away, for the sake of all other parked cars in all shopping malls everywhere.
5. Nicole Richie
Nicole Richie can easily win the award for worst celebrity driver in history, because of the drama that she has had on the road. We all love Nicole because she is a great actress, and she is an author, a TV personality and a fashion designer as well. However, we would not love to be driving on the same road as her because she has been involved in quite a number of offenses on the road. The most notable incident Nicole had on the road was back in 2006, when she was apparently driving her black Mercedes SUV in the wrong direction on the highway while under the influence of marijuana and Vicodin – a consumable painkiller. Such actions cost lives, and Nicole should not be allowed to drive at least for the next ten years or so.
4. Eddie Griffin
Eddie Griffin is one of the funniest celebrities out there, and many people around the world love and respect him. However, no one was laughing in 2007 when he crashed a beautiful and very rare Ferrari Enzo on a concrete barrier. The Ferrari was estimated to cost $1.5 million at the time, which is nothing to laugh about. The only good thing about the accident is that no one including the driver was hurt in the crash, since he escaped with minor injuries. However, there is no way anyone, regardless of who he or she is, can smash a limited edition Ferrari and then go back to business as usual. All of Eddies cars should be taken away.
3. Lindsay Lohan
Most men out there claim that women are bad drivers, a claim that is both unfair and biased. There is not enough evidence for this claim to make a case in a court of law. However, the fact that Lindsay Lohan is a woman driver would make women lose this case if it did actually end up in court. Lindsay slammed into an 18-wheeler from behind in 2012 in a Porsche, she was apparently involved in a hit-and-run accident in 2011 but no one filed any charges against her, and she was also caught driving while drunk in 2007. Although we are happy that Lindsay Lohan and all the passengers she has ever carried are ok, it is time to either get her a driver or take away her car, regardless of whether she is driving the same Porsche or any other car.
2. Britney Spears
There is no way anyone can compile a list of bad drivers and not feature Britney Spears in it. Britney is one of the most successful female singers of all time and was the highest-paid female musician in the world in 2002 and 2012. However, Britney is a disgrace when it comes to driving. Imagine Britney driving without wearing a seatbelt with her infant child on her lap instead of placing him in a car seat. Britney was also involved in a hit-and-run incident, she was caught driving without a valid driving license, and damaged property in the process. Britney ran over the foot of a Paparazzi and at one time left her Mercedes unattended in the middle of the road because it developed a flat tire. Do you need any more convincing concerning taking Britney’s car away?
1. Justin Bieber
The mention of Justin Bieber is enough to make some girls want to scream, but his driving is a menace to all road users and especially to his neighbors. Can you imagine living next to someone who drives his or her loud Ferrari at odd hours when you just need the peace and quiet, or driving so fast in the neighborhood and endangering pedestrians and everything else on the streets? That is Justin Bieber for you. Justin has also been involved in numerous car incidences and accidents, including jamming a photographer between an Audi parked outside and his Ferrari. Clearly, Justin’s Ferrari should be taken away until he learns a little respect.