Study claims motorists drive safer with a next-gen console than their own family

When behind the wheel of a car, what makes you perk up and drive a little safer? Having dear old granny in the backseat? Perhaps you’re trying to impress the in-laws? Or, just maybe, you’re transporting some extremely precious cargo?

Well, a recent piece of research from esteemed van and car seller Vanarama has uncovered some surprising – and perhaps disturbing – truths. So, buckle up, gamers.

It turns out that one in three UK male motorists between the ages of 18 and 34 would in fact drive safer to get their next-gen system home in one piece than they would for any member of their family. 34% of those questioned would drive safest – sticking to 30mph and abiding by the green cross code – with a PS5 or Xbox One X|S in the car. This is followed by 31% with a parent in the vehicle, 20% with a partner, 8% with the in-laws, and 7% with friends.

Given how impossibly hard it is to come across any next-gen systems at the moment, it only makes sense that you’d want to keep your console safe if you do happen to find one in the wild. Still, treating it with greater care than you would your family is shocking behaviour.

If you’re still on the hunt for your next-gen console of choice, this stock checker bot streaming on Twitch may be of some use. Plus, Sony recently confirmed that more PS5 stock is expected to land “before the end of the year”.