Bad Driving Is Genetic?

Some people really are just bad drivers. That’s according to new research suggesting individuals born with a certain variant of a gene don’t stay on the road as well as their counterparts.

If the results do in fact hold up, and this gene equals bad driving, 30 percent of Americans would fall into that category, according to the study scientists.

The study involved only 29 individuals, however, 22 without the so-called bad-driving gene and seven with it. The participants drove 15 laps on a simulator that required them to learn the nuances of a track with difficult curves and turns. The researchers measured how well participants stayed on course. The drivers repeated the simulator test four days later.

Participants with this particular gene performed 20 percent worse on the simulation test compared with those without the gene variant. Similar results were found in the follow-up test.


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