So you think you’ve got what it takes to be the next Michael Schumacher, just because you’re a racing game ace – well according to a study by Continental tyres, you’re deluding yourself.
Research by the tyres manufacturer reveals that gamers boast how playing driving games improves their real-life capabilities on the road, when actually the opposite is true.
According to Conti, games such as Gran Turismo actually make players more dangerous motorists when they get behind the wheel on real-world roads.
It purports that players of these games are more likely to crash, take bigger risks when overtaking, ignore red traffic lights, suffer road rage, and be stopped by the police, the study found.
Gamers were also found to speed more and make more insurance claims.
Tim Bailey, safety expert at Continental, explained: “Gamers take more risks than non-gamers, possibly due to the lack of real consequences in the game.”
Alex Kapadia, Operations Team