Disc drive Play­ing com­puter games made me bet­ter mo­torist

Gloucestershire Echo - - NEWS - Jes­sica MERCER

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GAMER Nick Davis reg­u­larly plays Grand Theft Auto for four hours a day and the 21-year-old reck­ons his ded­i­ca­tion to gam­ing has helped him be­come a safer driver. has made the claim that video games have made him a bet­ter driver.

The 21-year-old from Chel­tenham is a free­lance videog­ra­pher and TV run­ner says that play­ing com­puter games such as GTA and Forza Hori­zon 4 have helped him master the roads in real life.

He claims: “I would say that my years of play­ing video driv­ing games has prob­a­bly made me a more aware and con­sci­en­tious driver.”

While some may be skeptical about the value of chill­ing out on the sofa play­ing games, Nick says it’s helped him hone his park­ing skills.

“Whilst prac­tic­ing for my driv­ing test I found it very use­ful to be able to hone my re­vers­ing and bay park­ing skills on Grand Theft Auto,” he said.

“At first this was purely as a joke, but I did gen­uinely find it a great way to vi­su­alise the move­ment of the car, an­a­lyse the lines on the road and un­der­stand the im­pli­ca­tions of my ac­tions from a birds-eye view.”

Nick is not alone - over a third of Brits think that agreed that play­ing driv­ing video games could im­prove skills like re­ac­tion times, found in a study by Car­wow .

How­ever, as many as a third of those sur­veyed dis­agree, say­ing that driv­ing games make peo­ple more dan­ger­ous on real roads.

The sur­vey also found that South­west­ern­ers ranked their skills as eight out of ten,w ith the av­er­age UK mo­torist scor­ing them­selves close to nine out of ten.

Rank­ing his own driv­ing abil­ity as a solid seven out of ten, Nick says it can’t be a co­in­ci­dence that he is also an avid gamer.

“As I’ve never had a speed­ing ticket

or been in­volved in any ac­ci­dent whilst be­hind the wheel, there is cer­tainly a chance driv­ing video games have con­trib­uted to this,” he added.

In­deed, the in­flu­ence of video games on motorists’ driv­ing skills is easy to see - more than one in five driv­ers con­fessed that they’d tried out a move from a driv­ing video game in their car in real life on at least one oc­ca­sion.

How­ever, the fig­ures are work­ing against them as over a quar­ter of ev­ery­day gamers ad­mit­ted to hav­ing two or more speed­ing con­vic­tions, com­pared to 19 per cent of all driv­ers, and an even lower 17 per cent of those who did not play driv­ing games at all.

Mat Wat­son, mo­tor­ing ex­pert at Car­wow, said that the sur­vey showed “some “ex­tremely in­ter­est­ing insights”: “Whilst those who are play­ing video games ev­ery day rate their abil­i­ties higher than those with a lower play rate, they also emerged as those with the high­est num­ber of speed­ing tick­ets and were amongst the top in terms of ac­ci­dent fre­quency.

“At the very least this re­search could in­di­cate that heavy play­ers of driv­ing-based video games are over­con­fi­dent in terms of their mo­tor­ing skills, with a propen­sity to put their foot down on the open road. “One thing was very clear when it came to the gen­eral feed­back of the im­pact that driv­ing video games have on motorists, there is a be­lief that they do im­pact your driv­ing in real life, whether for bet­ter or worse and mak­ers of pop­u­lar driv­ing games need to con­sider their re­spon­si­bil­ity for games tar­geted at younger peo­ple to stop them pick­ing up bad habits be­fore they even

Nick Davis said play­ing Grand Theft Auto has helped him be­come a bet­ter driver

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