What’s the point of a car? It’s a just mode of transport that gets you from A to B, right? Wrong.

A car is also a statement about who you are. If you drive something simple and plain (like a Toyota Corolla), you’re probably practical and responsible. If you drive something expensive or ostentatious, you’re probably looking to make a statement. If you drive a lifted pickup truck or a Jeep 4×4, you’re probably the outdoors type…etc.

But if you drive one of the following three vehicles…you’re probably a glutton for punishment. These cars might seem clever, but all driving one is going to do is generate a lo-t of pointing, laughing, and rude comments in your direction. Here are three cars to avoid:

Project PUMA

Project Puma
From the inventors of the Segway, Project Puma is a joint collaborative attempt at a two-wheeled commuter vehicle…that just looks silly.

Apparently, the makers of this prototype vehicle claim that it is impossible to crash…which is really the only benefit. With a maximum speed of 35mph and a cost that would rival most standard commuter cars, it’s hard to imagine why anyone would want this vehicle over a regular old coupe or even a scooter.

The good news? The vehicle is also equipped with loud sensors that activate if pedestrians get too close…which is great, because you wouldn’t want anyone to see you driving this.

Reliant Robin

Reliant Robin
Manufactured between 1974 and 1981, the UK’s Reliant Robin has achieved cult-like status as a complete and total joke.

With a curb weight just shy of 1,000 lbs and a single front wheel, the Reliant Robin is more like a motorcycle than a car. However, unlike a motorcycle, there’s nothing tough or “bad ass” about driving this quirky little car. In fact, the Robin was often the butt of the joke in the famous British TV show Mr. Bean.

So, in other words, if you drive this car anywhere in the world, you’re likely to be laughed at.

Smart ForTwo

Smart ForTwo
The Smart ForTwo is small and slow, yet gets the same mileage as similar (and larger) vehicles that cost about the same. What’s the point?

It may be Smart by name, but you’d have to be barmy to drive one of these.

For starters, the cost of a Smart ForTwo (MSRP $13,000, give or take) is comparable to cars with more space, more features, and essentially the same fuel economy rating. Second, the extremely short wheelbase of the Smart ForTwo means it rides like a milk wagon, and the car feels as though it will tip over in a strong wind. Finally – and most importantly – the ForTwo can barely get out of it’s own way.

Unless you’re looking to upgrade your golf cart, buying a Smart ForTwo – let alone driving one on public roads – is cause for embarrassment.

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