Study: Video Gamers Pass Driver's Test, Crash in First Year
“Stop playing video games, they’ll rot your brain!” If you grew up at a certain time, you definitely heard one or more of your parents chide you for sitting in front of the TV all day playing one video game or another. For me, it was Gran Turismo 4 and Need for Speed: Underground. Well it turns out all those hours of gaming may have improved my ability to pass my drivers test– but also explained the rest of my driving record. AutoExpress reported on a study by UK-based Privilege car insurance. They surveyed over 1,400 drivers between the ages of 18 and 50, and found that 73% of drivers who played video games passed their driver’s test on the first attempt. That number is 15% above average, however 77% of those drivers had an accident within the first year of driving. Whoops. VIDEO: Inside The Team Behind "Need For Speed: Most Wanted" - Critereon Games “Our research shows that simulated driving experiences gives learners increased confidence on the road.” Explained Charlotte Fielding, head of car insurance at Privilege. She continued, “However, the figure for new driver accidents for gamers is worryingly high, suggesting over-confidence can lead to mistakes. Managing a car and being a responsible driver is not a game and accidents in the real world can have serious consequences.”
The racing video games apparently give the new drivers confidence in taking their test. According to the study, 17% of 18-24 year olds in the study said they had pre-test confidence from games like Gran Turismo and Need for Speed.
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While male drivers apparently draw their inspiration from video games, female drivers prepared the old fashioned way. 62% of female drivers said they were confident about their test through proper preparation, compared to 53% of males that felt this way.
So do you find playing video games makes you a better driver? Or does it give you a false sense of confidence? Tell us in the comments below.
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