Study finds that older siblings are the worst drivers of the family

omg 17/04/2019

Those of you with older siblings - rejoice! Because a study has discovered that it is typically the oldest sibling who is the worst at driving.

According to the study, the eldest child is more likely to speed, get tickets from the police and speed cameras and more likely to have collisions on the road.

It is the youngest children of the family who tend to be the safest drivers.

The research was conducted by a car insurance company which studied around 1500 different motorists.

They found that 89 per cent of older siblings are likely to speed, 47 per cent to annoy other drivers by cutting them off, 46 per cent to hog the middle of the road and 35 per cent to get fined.

17 per cent of first-born children admitted to applying makeup while driving and 30 per cent to using their phone at the wheel. 

These were all higher rates than that of younger siblings, meaning first-borns have been in more collisions than middle and youngest children. 

In families with multiple children, the youngest turned out to be the best driver - 42 per cent cut up other drivers and 36 per cent hog lanes on the motorway.

Although technically first-born, it turns out only children are even better drivers still, being the least likely to cruise in the middle of the road or outside lane (31 per cent), or cut someone up while driving (36 per cent).

The researchers also found that excuses for bad driving varied depending on birth order. While middle and youngest children are most likely to lay the blame on other drivers annoying them (28 per cent), eldest children say they only have bad road etiquette if there’s a good reason, such as being late (18 per cent).