Los Angeles Drivers Reveal The Worst Celebrity DriversOctober 22, 2014
If you drive in California, your odds are better than most.
We asked the people who know best. Comparenow surveyed 1100 California drivers, of whom 46 percent live in Los Angeles, and asked them who’s the worst celebrity driver.
Lindsay Lohan is the reigning queen of celebrity car accidents, with 49 percent of the votes. Lohan has a long history of bad driving; her first arrest was in May 2007, when she was just 20 years old, for DUI, cocaine possession and misdemeanor hit and run. Her next DUI arrest happened just two months later. In 2012, she pleaded no contest to misdemeanor charges related to an incident in which she hit a restaurant employee while driving into the parking lot of the Dream Hotel in New York. The same year, she rear-ended a truck while driving on the Pacific Coast Highway, totaling her Porsche.
Ranking the celebrities who drive badly
The second-worst celebrity driver? Former Nickelodeon actress Amanda Bynes, who was arrested in September 2014 for DUI after stopping for a red light in the middle of an intersection. E! Online has a complete timeline of Bynes’ driving woes, which include being charged with multiple DUIs, hitting a police cruiser, getting in hit-and-run accidents, having her license revoked and then driving with a suspended license.
“Anger Management” star and #tigerblood promoter Charlie Sheen didn’t come close to #winning with just 10 percent of votes, tying pop star Britney Spears. Oscar-winning Director and amateur mug shot subject Mel Gibson came in fourth with 7 percent.
The rest of the pack, in order of finish, included Betty White, Shia LaBouef, Kelsey Grammer and Michael Phelps.
Celebrity drivers and auto insurance rates
Despite two DUI arrests, and a number of other brushes with the law including drug charges and license suspensions, it has been a few years since Lohan made headlines for perp walks and legal transgressions. Running the 28-year-old New York native through the comparenow auto insurance quote generator with all the information we have at our disposal – we put her home as California and not London where’s she’s currently living while starring in a play – Lohan would not only qualify for insurance, but she would receive a relatively attract rate. Through Infinity Auto Insurance, Lohan could receive California state minimum insurance for $1,294 annually, or about $112 a month.
The rate could be even better for Olympian Michael Phelps, who finished last in the poll – a case where finishing at the bottom isn’t necessarily bad. Despite a past DUI charge, and a freshly alleged one, the 22-time medalist and Baltimore, MD native could qualify for a state minimum rate as low as $1071 annually, or $106 a month.
Celebrities Behaving Badly?
Celebrity car accidents are often attributed to being followed and harassed by the paparazzi, but that can’t explain away all their bad driving. “Celebrity drivers are much worse than the average person because they are so entitled and so spoiled,” L.A.-based legal expert Wendy Feldman told Fox News in 2013. “Many do nothing for themselves, but still insist on driving.”
Their wealth may contribute to celebs’ bad driving, as well. They can afford turbocharged sports cars like Justin Bieber’s Fisker Karma, 997 Porsche Turbo and Ferrari F430, which he’s been accused of driving at highway speeds through his neighborhood. And they aren’t worried about paying for traffic tickets or higher insurance premiums. According to estimates from the California courts, a single DUI conviction can cost a teenager $45,000 once you factor in the costs of court fees, fines, towing, classes and, most of all, increased insurance premiums over the next 13 years. That’s a lot of money for an average person, but to an A-list celebrity it’s pocket change.
Of course, when it comes to managing a suspended license or having trouble finding the appropriate car insurance, celebrities often have a Plan B that’s often not feasible for other California drivers: hiring a driver.