Whomever said “video games never teach you anything” clearly has not driven a car.
Everything that happens in racing games, vehicular combat titles, and even GTA, is spot on with the real-world personal transport vehicle operation.
Here’s 5 things we learnt from video games about cars:
Pedestrians won’t damage your car… that much
Whether bumping a granny or taking out a farm animal, one would think you may be left with a nasty dent on your bonnet, but don’t fear! Hitting a cow at high-speeds will simply disintegrate the udder-toting beast, and leave your shiny Corolla spotless.
Shock-absorbers are incredibly robust
Ramping cars was always taught to be a no-no, but we’ve come to learn that no height and speed can hamper a car’s shock-absorbers.
If you launch your R3,000,000 sports car 100m in the air, don’t panic, you should come down with nothing more than a tiny thud.
Steering wheels are over rated
What most racing games taught us is that the best way around corner is the quickest, and to do that requires a hand-brake.
Whether it’s on the way to the grocery store or just taking a leisurely Sunday drive, handbrake turns are the best way to arrive style.
Your car is only un-drivable once it’s on fire
Your car can get smashed, bashed and flipped onto its roof, but only once it’s a flaming inferno, THEN it’s time to remove yourself from the driver’s seat.
Unless its burning, keep it moving.
Police always leave a gap at roadblocks
Whenever police are hunting you down (we’ve all been there), remember that they will always leave a car-sized gap in any roadblock that awaits you.
All you’ve got to do is slow down time, aim the nose of your car at the hole, and hit the gas – simple.