Jan 31 2011   8:53AM GMT

Virtual driving skills do not translate into the real world, study finds

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Gamers like to claim that playing driving games improves their real world capabilities, but a study shows that when it comes to driving cars, the opposite is true.

According to a study by Continental Tyres, games such as Gran Turismo actually make players more dangerous motorists when they get behind the wheel on real-world roads.

Players of these games are more likely to crash, take bigger risks when overtaking, ignore red traffic lights, suffer road rage, and be stopped by the police, the study found.

Gamers were also found to speed more and make more insurance claims.

“Gamers take more risks than non-gamers, possibly due to the lack of real consequences in the game,” said Tim Bailey, safety expert at Continental.

Dowtime certainly hopes the same is not true for airline pilots trained in virtual environments using flight simulators.

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