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Study Says Gamers Are Bad Drivers

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You may think you were born with a steering wheel in your hand but a new study has found that racing gamers actually make worse drivers than their non-gaming counterparts.

Doing its part for the never-ending pursuit of Science, Continental Tires quizzed 2000 drivers in the U.K. between the ages of 17 and 39, half gamers and half not, on their driving habits. What it learned will shock you: gamers - that is to say, people who play racing videogames - take more risks, do more stupid things and are stopped by the police more often than non-gamers. Yet at the same time, gamers on average pass their driver's license test with fewer attempts than non-gamers and also suffer fewer fender-benders and other minor incidents.

"It seems that while gamers develop useful skills and are more confident, they need to apply some balance with a sensible assessment of risk," said Tim Bailey of Continental.

31 percent of gamers reported running a red light over the past 12 months, compared to just 14 percent of non-gamers; 45 percent claim to have suffered road rage, while only 22 percent of non-gamers acknowledge the same issue. The figures are similar for actions like accidentally clipping someone's car not saying anything about it (19 percent to 11), speeding (25 percent to 13) and scaring others with their driving (26 percent to 11). On the other side of the coin, non-gamers required an average of three attempts to pass their driver's test, as opposed to only two attempts for gamers, and have been involved in an average of two "prangs" over the past 12 months, as opposed to just one for gamers.

"I am not surprised that regular gamers find themselves making the same decisions and judgements when driving for real as they do when in the virtual world," said Peter Rodger of the Institute of Advanced Motorists safety group. "The issue is that when actually driving, our actions lead to 'real' results, and mistakes have very real consequences."

The final results, gamers vs. non-gamers:

QuestionThose who gameThose who don't
Stopped by police22%13%
Use phone when driving19%12%
Made claim for accident30%15%
Run red light in the last year31%14%
Driven wrong way down one way street13%10%
Hit stationary object when parking22%13%
Take risks (Accelerate too quickly)44%21%
Clipped a car but didn't report it19%11%
Suffer from road rage45%22%
Exceed the speed limit25%13%
Scare others with their driving26%11%
Attempts before passing test23
Number of crashes or accidents in last year12

So there you have it. Science has spoken. Maybe it's time to start adding extra warning labels to Need for Speed boxes?

Source: Jalopnik

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Since the study was done in the UK, I doubt it applies to me. See, I'm an excellent driver, who happens to play the occasional racing game. Now if you'll excuse me, I have to clean neighborhood children out of my grill...

What is a prang? It sounds like a disease.

LOL, I've been driving for 4 years and I've never had a ticket yet.

And have they excluded other variables (like age, gender etc)?

Also, it appears we crash less, and get our drivers test quicker, so not all is bad.

Wow, this has made me feel so much better about me driving this year. I've heard questions due to my autism, how I might not be tall enough and how I'm tired most of the time and now apparently video games make me a worse driver.

Well shit. And my latest Driving game wasn't exactly something that you could shrug off as educational. Burnout Paradise Ultimate Box. I feel screwed, royally.

Calumon: Aww nuts. Now I can't go to the Bakery with him. He'll crash and I'll hurt my nose! : (

Gamers in the UK are insane though. Seriously, most of my computing class games, and I wouldn't trust a anyone of them behind the wheel.

Maybe we are just more honest.

I don't believe it.

I personally am a very skilled driver. I just really like bitchin' powerslides on snowy roads.

I must not be normal then- The driver's test administrator told me I was a bit too careful. I still passed with flying colors, though! :D

I think the only way gaming really affected my driving ability is in the fact that I always remember which way to turn the wheel when going in reverse. Apparently, others have a hard time when learning how to drive.

Jack and Calumon:
Wow, this has made me feel so much better about me driving this year. I've heard questions due to my autism, how I might not be tall enough and how I'm tired most of the time and now apparently video games make me a worse driver.

Well shit. And my latest Driving game wasn't exactly something that you could shrug off as educational. Burnout Paradise Ultimate Box. I feel screwed, royally.

Calumon: Aww nuts. Now I can't go to the Bakery with him. He'll crash and I'll hurt my nose! : (

Don't tell us you're Autistic!

Say you're Schizophrenic, and that Calumon is the the voice in your head!

You see, we develop useful skills! They said so themselves! We just can't live within the constraints of your primitive road rules, MAAAAAAAAAAN!

=P Seriously though, drive safe, okay everyone? No koopa shells out the windows!

Well based on the fact that these were gamers who primarily play racing games, this doesn't surprise me. Several of them are probably also rally or drag racing fans. These are people that fantasize about driving fast to make a living, which isn't necessarily a problem caused by gaming, but by society.

I've been pulled over once for speeding (he said 66 in a 45, my speedometer read 55 and slowing down before I hit the 45 zone, but I digress) in the 4 (maybe 5) years that I've had my license. I got a perfect score during my driving "in cars" and on my driving test I got marked off a half a point for taking a left turn a tiny bit too sharp. I can handle my car in the worst weather better than most people can in prime conditions.

I take heavy offense to this. The only thing I suffer from on that list is the occasional phone conversation and road rage (Simply because I cannot fathom how you can live in northern Ohio and still not know how to drive in snow. Especially in your 4WD SUV).

Hey that guy chopped me up at the roundabout, I had no choice but to do a takedown on him. But seriously, I'm actually afraid of driving so I don't think I count.

Um...what's a prang, again?

Or maybe gamers are just proud of their breaking of laws and the like in real driving (I mean games reward it most times too)

They didn't include fatal accidents in their results, did they? A guy I work with drives like a maniac and has gotten dozens of tickets, but he's never gotten into an accidents ever. I'd say this is a fairly important statistic they left out.

Pfft, I drive like a well-visioned grandma. The only car accidents I've been in were because the other drivers hit me.

Self-reporting and issues of statistical significance kind of make the conclusions iffy for me.

danpascooch:

Jack and Calumon:
Wow, this has made me feel so much better about me driving this year. I've heard questions due to my autism, how I might not be tall enough and how I'm tired most of the time and now apparently video games make me a worse driver.

Well shit. And my latest Driving game wasn't exactly something that you could shrug off as educational. Burnout Paradise Ultimate Box. I feel screwed, royally.

Calumon: Aww nuts. Now I can't go to the Bakery with him. He'll crash and I'll hurt my nose! : (

Don't tell us you're Autistic!

Say you're Schizophrenic, and that Calumon is the the voice in your head!

I reject your idea and substitute my own. I have cabin fever and Calumon is here with me. He keeps me company.

Calumon: Uhh... But I'm always here!

Andy Chalk:

  • Taken risks (accelerating too quickly, passing, etc.): 44 percent to 21 percent
  • Suffered road rage: 45 percent to 22 percent
  • Speeding: 25 percent to 13 percent
  • Scaring passengers: 26 percent to 11 percent

I lol'd

But yeah, I can see that.
I think I am a good driver, know how to drive, but suck at driving legally.
That being said, you can generally tell who is a good driver, and who is a bad driver, by seeing how they do in a driving game.
The road rage percentage is awesome, lol.

All bus drivers here must be serious gamers, that would explain a lot. Does crazy taxi count as a racing game? What about mario car?

Hah I can believe it...
Let's see:
•Stopped by police: 22 percent to 13 percent (ME: Once for speeding when I got my last car, during the first week of ownership, and once 1.5 years later for no reason just a random check)
•Used a phone while driving: 19 percent to 12 percent (ME: Technically yes, but I avoid it at all costs. I only use it to let someone know I'm 2 minutes away so they better be ready, or else to get an address)
•Made a claim for an accident: 30 percent to 15 percent (ME: Yes, my one and only accident totalled my last car. 8 years no accidents tho until then)
•Ran a red light in past 12 months: 31 percent to 14 percent (ME: I don't think so)
•Driven wrong way down one-way street: 13 percent to 10 percent (ME: Technically no, but I did almost do it when I made a road trip to Vancouver...)
•Hit stationary object while parking: 22 percent to 13 percent (ME: hah No! Well... ok once when I was 16 and parking in an underground lot, scraped a rear fender on my parent's van)
•Kept quiet about banging into another car: 19 percent to 11 percent (Nope)
•Taken risks (accelerating too quickly, passing, etc.): 44 percent to 21 percent (Yes)
•Suffered road rage: 45 percent to 22 percent (No, but "road frustration" yes)
•Speeding: 25 percent to 13 percent (Technically yes but not really, I get passed by real speeders all the time)
•Scaring passengers: 26 percent to 11 percent (YES YES YES)
•Attempts to pass driver's test: 2 to 3 (1)
•"Prangs" in the past 12 months: 1 to 2 (...What??)

Considering that Racing games are all about speed, I'm not surprised by this. Also, what the fuck is a "prang"?

Bah I'm a gamer and a great driver.

I honestly had to suppress the urge to ram into a late-model Mustang on my way to work after a weekend marathon of Saints Row 2.

Most "Games are bad, mmkay?" studies are garbage, but I think there might be something to this.

So we break more laws, but ultimately suffer fewer big accidents. Sounds like a fair trade to me.

I didn't feel like games made me reckless, i felt like " Holy shit, this is like that one game, but I won't respawn". As a result I am like super-careful all the time.

But GTA taught me which way to turn the steering wheel when backing out of my driveway.

I guess the stats are what they are. However, I've always seen my driving as proof that there is minimal connection between how gamers game and how they act in real life. I was playing GTA before I could drive and I always drove like a maniac. When I learned how to drive, I did so safely, but I still drive crazily in video games.

There's just no mental connection between the two, at least not for me.

Bull crap, as a driver, I'm actually more careful on the road than almost anyone else I know.

What in good God's name is a prang?

Um, no.

I know everybody says they are a good driver, but I am a good driver.

The worst thing that has happened to me was a shattered mirror which was because I was operating on less than 30 minutes of sleep and the people who built my garage... suck at building garages. Every person in my family has done it.

EDIT: Never mind. Where's the 'delete post' button?

SuperMse:
You see, we develop useful skills! They said so themselves! We just can't live within the constraints of your primitive road rules, MAAAAAAAAAAN!

=P Seriously though, drive safe, okay everyone? No koopa shells out the windows!

Well Saints Row and Crazy Taxi taught me to drive that is safe right?

I do wonder about details such as age/sex/how long the person has been driving, But the study says it so it must be true.

However anytime I see someone in blue I get pissed at those westside Rollerz and I start calling my team for an assult.

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