The Drive to Rehab: The eight contestants begin their journey into rehab in Hamilton, Ontario in the traditional drive to the Driver Rehabilitation Centre. Paul is permitted to leave first on his motorcycle instead of driving there in a car. Lance leaves next, followed by Diane, who travels so slowly she causes a traffic jam behind her. Dale, Brad, and Jamie are the next to leave, in that order. Speed freaks Dean and Scott are the last to leave. Dale is first to arrive, and shortly after, Scott, having made 37 moving violations, is ordered to stop by the camera crew after getting caught driving 50 km/h over the speed limit, and is forced to make the rest of the trip as a passenger in a van. Brad is next to arrive while husband and wife bicker despite driving normally. Diane is next to arrive, followed by Lance. Scott arrives in his ride next. Dean is forced to stop shortly after (in the same manner as Scott), again because of driving 50 km/h over the speed limit. Paul arrives shortly after, and Jamie is next to arrive, and Dean (in his ride) is last to arrive. Dean and Scott are the first contestants in the history of Canada's Worst Driver not to complete the drive to the rehab centre.
Basic Assessment: In response to complaints about vintage used cars being demolished in previous years, a brand new Chevrolet Camaro was commissioned for this show, to be used in one challenge per episode and to be sold after the series ends. The challenge, mostly identical to that of last season, consists of a reversing course with one foot of space on either side, followed by a 50 km/h slalom before stopping in front of a wall. Paul, going first, makes many scratches and bumps in the reverse and spinning out of control on the slalom. Diane and Dale continue in the rapid devaluation of the car, and neither make it to the full 50 km/h. Lance, having never driven in an automatic transmission car, promptly gets the car stuck on a stack of hubcaps in the first turn. Lance never makes it to the end of the challenge. Donna gets so agitated in the reverse portion that Brad has to stop and take a break for her sake, while Dean speeds his way through the slalom, but stops well short of the wall. Both continue to devalue the car. Jamie, however, takes the prize for the most damage to the car, ripping off the entire front bumper through contact with the concrete barrier. Scott, going last, acts as a show-off prior to the challenge, and makes a perfect reverse run. However, he shows off why he is in rehab when he shows off a handbrake turn before attempting the slalom, but forgets to release the handbrake before attempting the slalom, ruining an otherwise perfect run.
In the deliberation, each contestant meets with the experts for a personal discussion on why they are here. However, as this is the first episode, no one leaves the Driver Rehabilitation Centre.