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Drivers Behaving Badly Movie and TV Ratings (DBB Ratings)

Developed by students of Dr. Leon James
1996-97

Before they become drivers, children are exposed to thousands of scenes on TV depicting drivers behaving badly. It is desirable to make children more aware of this exposure by discussing it with them. Parents and teachers can use the following specific examples that are familiar to their children. They were collected by DrDriving's traffic psychology students at the University of Hawaii. After discussing some of these, you might encourage your children to make their own observations while watching TV and keeping a diary or notebook. Teachers can use this activity as homework and class discussion afterwards. Please send your results to DrDriving so they may be added to this list. The Evaluation Activity Sheet for Drivers Behaving Badly (DBB) appears below this table.

Drivers Behaving Badly Source Evaluation
  • The power rangers have just gotten into their racecars and are speeding across a dry lakebed.
  • The tires are kicking up huge amounts of dust and particles into the air.
  • The cars are also driving over trees and bushes.
  • The cars seem to fly and join up with each other to form a huge robot.
  • The cars in this cartoon are just running over anything in their path
Cartoon:  Power Rangers Turbo
October 14, 1997
This cartoon is geared for young children and the material is presented in a format for a child to view, but the hidden meaning in the cartoon plays on the thinking of a child. It is appealing to the child in order to get the child to want the toy that comes with the cartoon. It is also showing the child that they can do anything as long as they are fighting with someone.   Contributed by Ryan S.

 

Drivers Behaving Badly Source Evaluation
  • They are chasing each other at a fast speed on bumpy roads.
  • Nobody is wearing seat belts.
  • They are shooting at each other while standing in the back area of the jeep.
  • All jeeps are jumping and making leaps off of small hills and small cliff edges, flipping the jeeps and crashing.
  • Tarzan jumped from his jeep to the next jeep trying to fight off the bad guy.
  • Weaving in and out of each other trying to avoid collision.
TV Series:  Tarzan, July 20, 1997 This may influence some drivers to think off roading is fun and jeeps like that are easy to handle. In actuality, off roading takes a lot of skill and knowledge of your car and the roads. Off roading is not that bad, but this scene shows them fighting, shooting, and racing each other. This is very bad driving examples that many children, adolescence, and even adults may think is cool. This is another chase scene where the good guys always wins and no one gets into any serious trouble.  Contributed by Jennifer K.

 

Drivers Behaving Badly Source Evaluation
  • Her mind was preoccupied with her romantic relationship and she was not concentrating on driving.
  • While changing lanes she almost hits a bicyclist and shows little concern or remorse.
  • She swerves to the right, sideswipes several parked cars and keeps driving.
Movie and TV Series:   Clueless, Oct 10, 1997

 

She was extremely wealthy and had a surreal life. Still, these images can create the impression that driving is not a serious subject.  By initially allowing his daughter to drive without the accompaniment of a licensed driver, the father in this movie sets a very poor standard. His lax attitude toward driving would undoubtedly affect his daughter's opinions as well.   Contributed by Kendra M.

Before they become drivers, children are exposed to thousands of scenes on TV depicting drivers behaving badly.  It is desirable to make children more aware of this exposure by discussing it with them.  Parents and teachers can use the following specific examples that are familiar to their children.   They were collected by DrDriving's traffic psychology students at the University of Hawaii.  After discussing some of these, you might encourage your children to make their own observations while watching TV and keeping a diary or notebook.  Teachers can use this activity as homework and class discussion afterwards.  Please send your results to DrDriving so they may be added to this list.  

This Table is a clickable Index of actual observations made while watching television.  Each observer also contributes a Rating Form.  These examples can help you create your own DBB Rating Form.

Movies:
Flirting With Disasters
My Fellow Americans
    Beavis and Butt-Head Do America
    Top Gun
    Top Gun
    The Chase
    Days of Thunder
    Days of Thunder
    Days of Thunder
    Days of Thunder
    Independence Day
    White Men Can't Jump
    Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
    Breakdown
    Nine Months
    Grease
    Grease
    The Rock
    The Rock
    The Toxic Avenger
    Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
    Jerry Mcguire
    Peacemaker
    Thelma and Louise
    My Best Friend's Wedding
    Terminator 2
    Terminator 2
    American Graffiti
    Speed
    Speed
    Speed
    Adventures in Babysitting
    Clueless
    Clueless
    Clueless
    Clueless
    Clueless
    The Saint
    Golden Eye
    Leaving Las Vegas
    Grosspoint Blank
    Rainmaker
    Eraser
    Liar Liar
    Liar Liar
    Liar Liar
    Bogus
    Twins
    Assassin
    A Scent Of A Woman
    Father's Day
    Fried Green Tomatoes
    101 Dalmatians
    Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
    Toy Story 
    Casper: A Spirited Being
    Herbie Goes Bananas
    Night on Earth
    Breakdown
    Metro

Misc. Television:
   World's Greatest Crashes 
   World's Most Exciting Police Chases
   World's Scariest Police Chases

Cartoons:
     The Simpsons
     The Simpsons
     The Simpsons
     The Simpsons
     The Simpsons
     The Simpsons
     The Simpsons
     The Simpsons
     The Simpsons
     Doug
     Voltron
     Thundercats
     Jonny Quest
     Sailor Moon
     Adventures of Batman & Robin
     Adventures of Batman & Superman
     Batman
     Spider-Man
     Dragon Ball Z
     The Road Runner
     Goofy
     Dragon
     Goof Troop
     Tiny Toon Adventures
     Tiny Toon Adventures
     Tiny Toon Adventures
     George of the Jungle
     Power Rangers Turbo
     Power Rangers Turbo
     Power Rangers Turbo
     Darkwing Duck
     Animaniacs
     Sylvester & Tweety Mysteries
     Pee-Wee's Playhouse
     Pee-Wee's Big Adventure
     Speed Racer
     Speed Racer
     Speed Racer
     G.I. Joe
     Huckleberry Hound
     The Mighty Ducks
     Secret Squirrel and Morocco Mole
     Rocky and Bulwinkle

Sports:
   NASCAR Winston Cup
   NASCAR Racing
   NASCAR
   NASCAR
Music Videos:
    Reba McEntire 
    Suzy Boggess
    Alannis Morrisette
    Alannis Morrisette

Children's Shows:
    Suzy Q
    Power Rangers Turbo
    Power Rangers Turbo
    Beetleborgs
Metallic
 
 
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Commercials:
Sustacal
Jack in the Box
Protege
Nissan Quest Mini Van
Nissan Quest Mini Van
Nissan Sedan
Nissan Ultima
Nissan Altima
Nissan Altima
Nissan Pathfinder
Nissan
Dodge Neon
Dodge Neon
Dodge Neon
Chevrolet
Chevy Blazer
Sony Recorder Mini Disc
Goodyear Tires
Goodyear Tires
Goodyear Tire Eagle F1
Goodyear F1 Tires
Power Wheels
Syntac Motor Oil
Penzoil Motor Oil
Penzoil Motor Oil
Penzoil Motor Oil
Pennzoil
Isuzu Trooper
Shell Service Station
Cadillac Eldorado
Tyco Slammer
Seatbelt Dummies
Pontiac Grand Am
Budget Rent-a-Car
    Honda
    Toyota
    Ford Contour
  Ford Ranger
  Ford Mustang
  Ford Motors
    Ford F-Series Truck
    Nissan Quest
    GMC 4X4
    Mazda MPV
    Infiniti
    BMW
    BMW
    BMW
 Jeans (clothing) commercial

TV Series: 
Dukes of Hazard
Highlander
CHiPs
Silk Stalkings
Moesha   Magnum PI
Tarzan
Early Edition
Sweet Valley High
Seinfeld
Seinfeld
Pensacola: Wings of Gold
Viper Sabrina the Teenage Witch
 

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