A new survey of UK drivers has highlighted the potentially damaging impact of gaming on many young drivers’ attitudes to road safety.

Research carried out by pre-17 driving experts Young Driver showed half (47 per cent) of motorists believe this to be the case.

Not seeing the consequences

The study’s findings showed 40 per cent of the survey’s 1,000 respondents said they felt gaming made ‘bad driving look cool’. Meanwhile, 29 per cent stated their belief that film and TV also play a role in glamourising dangerous driving.

Teen expert Nicola Morgan, an award-winning author and international speaker on adolescent development, commented: “At 17 years old, teens do not generally have a fully developed control centre to help them make good decisions and control their emotional urges, including risk-taking.”

She added that for some young drivers, they may place “thrill before safety”, even if they don’t mean to. This is due to the fact that teenage brains are still developing, and will continue to do so well into their twenties.

According to Young Driver, adolescents who take part in early driver training are half as likely to have an accident in the first six months after passing their driving test. Offering support and education to young motorists around responsible driving behaviour is therefore extremely important.

Heather Stark, brand manager at The Fuelcard People, comments: “Young drivers must appreciate the responsibility and dangers that are inherent to getting behind the wheel of any vehicle.”

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