Young Driver, a driving organisation, claims that video games (and films such as Fast and Furious) give young people the wrong messages about driving safety. 58% of respondents to their survey in the 18-24 age range said that they thought that screen-dispayed motoring contributed to teenagers' believing that driving was a lot easier than it is.
Some parents, apparently, felt that video game driving was a 'safe way' to get speed out of their child's system. However, what teenagers are not learning is how to drive safely and responsibly. Putting children through a cycling awareness course at the age of 11 or 12 is a good way to inculcate a respect for the road, and other users of it, and that can have beneficial effects when they graduate to learning to drive a potentially lethal machine. Just a thought.