He was kind of lucky there was a mud patch near by, but yeah, it probably gave him a cool head in an emergency. I think racing games help to understand managing a car in a skid condition, which is definitely useful in real life, especially if you live in the north where there is a lot of snow and ice. If it's too icy, it's pretty hopeless once it goes into a skid, though. It could also turn kids into worse hot dog drivers, and that's dangerous. Every once in a while I do a skid u turn in slippery conditions because it's fun, but I'm pretty careful to make sure there aren't any cars around.
Simulation doesn't get used enough for real world training purposes. It could be used a lot more, like for running complex machinery, etc. We still need a lot better input systems, like gloves and vr goggles. I would think businesses would using them more than they do. Education is kind of the same deal. We're stuck in the read chapter, take test mode. Tutorials could be a lot more interactive, like they are for games.