Bad Driving Could Be Genetic, Study Says
Up to 30 Percent of Americans may Have Trait, Researchers Suggest
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- Photo Some bad drivers might be able to chalk up their shortcomings to a gene, a new study suggests. (AP Photo)
(CBS) Are you a bad driver? If so, maybe it's not your fault.
Difficulty driving may be pegged to a genetic trait, according to a new study published Thursday on Live Science's Web site.
If the results, which only examined 29 drivers, holds true then it is estimated that 30 percent of Americans have the bad driving gene.
The driving test required participants to take 15 laps on a simulator complete with bends and turns and measured how well the drivers stayed on course.
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"These people make more errors from the get-go, and they forget more of what they learned after time away," Steven Cramer, lead researcher and neurology associate professor at the University of California, Irvine.
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