A new study reveals that gamers are actually better drivers.

Can playing video games improve driving skills? One study suggests that playing racing games can have a positive impact. According to the research, video game players are better drivers, have more self-confidence and are less likely to receive penalty points on their licence than non-gamers.

Does playing driving videogames have an impact on driving in real life? Auto Trader, a British specialist for online used cars, asked this question of 1,000 drivers who spent more than four hours a day playing driving videogames.

Auto Trader reported that video gamers who play racing games are better drivers. According to the survey, 41% felt that they were excellent drivers, while only 13% of non gamers thought so. Gamers also feel more confident on the road. 56% of gamers claim that their gaming experiences have improved their driving skills, particularly their spatial awareness and reaction time.

Their beliefs seem to be confirmed by the numbers. The number of penalty points on a driver’s license is lower for gamers than it is for non-gamers. Only 15% of gamers received a penalty for their driving behavior, according to the study. This compares with 28% of those who are not gamers.

The 2023 study, “Video Games and Board Games: Effects on Cognition of Playing Practice”, highlights that gamers could be more alert due to reflexes they develop from playing racing games.

The paper states that “video games have a higher potential for cognitive enhancement, because they require processing different types of information in real-time and adapting strategies to the situation.”

Auto Trader found in its study that driving video game players tend to engage in more dangerous driving behaviours, like using a phone while driving. One quarter of the gamers who were surveyed received penalty points for driving while distracted, compared with just 4% of those who weren’t gamers.

On the contrary, speeding is more likely to result in a penalty for non-gamers, with 85% of them being penalised compared to 71% of players.

Erin Baker is the editorial director of Auto Trader. She said: “Our study shows some light correlation between regular gaming in the car and safer driving habits – adding real-life examples that video games can improve cognitive skills to your driving.

Newer car models, which come equipped with advanced safety features, traffic updates, map routes and entertainment technologies, can also reduce the temptation to engage in mobile devices while driving. The latest car models are equipped with safety features and navigational tools, as well as traffic updates. They also have entertainment technology. AFP Relaxnews

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