Driving test research

driving test research

Research performed by Privilege car insurance suggests that playing driving games could help you pass your driving test but also increases your chance of having an accident in the first year of losing the ‘L’ plates. This means that gamers might find it easier to pass their driving tests especially as UK driving tests now include a hazard perception test which is similar to a computer game.

 

The driving test research results

 

UK based, Privilege car insurance surveyed 1,419 drivers aged between 18 and 50, finding that 73% of those who regularly played driving games passed their driving tests on the first go. That’s 15% higher than the average for all drivers, but 77% of those gamers admitted to having an accident within one year of passing.

 

Popular driving games on consoles like the Playstation and Xbox include Gran Turismo, Need for Speed, Grand Theft Auto and Forza Motorsport. Around 17% of those aged 18 to 24 said that they drew plenty of pre-test confidence from playing video games like these. Female drivers drew more confidence through proper preparation and 62% said they felt more positive about passing this way, while 53% of men felt that doing their homework built confidence.

 

The driving test research was conducted to examine current learner driver attitudes and behaviour. It found that 52% of men overall were more likely to pass their driving tests on the first attempt compared to 42% of women. Around 25% of women took three or more attempts to pass but more men (24%) than women (18%) reported an accident in their first year.

 

Comments on the driving test research results

 

Charlotte Fielding, Privilege’s head of car insurance, commented, “Our research shows that simulated driving experiences gives learners increased confidence on the road. However, the figure for new driver accidents for gamers is worryingly high, suggesting over-confidence can lead to mistakes. Managing a car and being a responsible driver is not a game and accidents in the real world can have serious consequences.”

 

Privilege’d UK driving test research is not the first study into the effect of gaming on driving tests, as previous research by the American Psychological Association found ‘risk glorifying’ video games made teenagers more reckless.

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