June 21, 2010


There are not many households that do not have a games console of some sort, be it an X-Box, PlayStation or Nintendo and many of you will have played some form of driving game.

But are we able to see the distinction between the racetrack on screen and the roads in real life.

Research has shown that those that play racing games can often act in a similar way on screen to that on the roads. Driving actions in these video games often include reckless driving, speeding, crashing into other vehicles and carrying out risky stunts.

It has been found that there is a link between this behaviour and the driving risks we take in real life. Young drivers are thought to be especially prone to this behaviour.

Natasha Simper of Britannia Driving School said: “It is worrying that drivers cannot differentiate between games and real life but then who is to say that these risk takers would act any differently if they didn’t play the games.”

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