Be careful when you’re playing those games kids, as a new survey says that over a third of young drivers are more likely to go faster on the roads after caning their favourite driving games.
The BSM Driver’s Training School poll of a 1000 motorists claims that 27% of motorists aged 16 to 24 are more risk-taking on the road after playing games.
34% of those surveyed think that driving games can improve their real-life driving ability and develop their reflexes.
BSM's safety consultant Robin Cummins said the results showed an 'indisputable' link between gaming and dangerous driving, telling the BBC today, "With more than 200 young people killed each year due to speeding alone, it's crucial that they learn to 'keep it real' on the road."
David Perry, described by the BBC as the ‘multi-millionaire games designer from Belfast’ who is also currently designing a driving game, waded into the debate, adding, "Anything that affects your emotions will affect how you drive. The guy in front, the music on the stereo...those are the things that make you speed up, not a game you played an hour ago."