First-born children make the WORST drivers and are more likely to flout speeding laws, new research claims
The study by Privilege Insurance revealed eldest children are more likely to rack up fines for bad driving than their brothers and sisters
Most siblings can for once unanimously agree on the fact that they get on each other's nerves from time to time which can get really annoying. When it comes to older siblings especially, they tend to want to control the younger ones and become the boss of the sibling circle by default due to their age.
As it turns out, there is something that younger siblings can celebrate about which is the fact that eldest siblings tend to make the worst drivers.
According to a new study from Privilege Car Insurance which observed 1,395 drivers' habits and reached a conclusion that around 89% of elder siblings are more likely to speed and around 35% have received fines.
Researchers also found that an estimated 46% were most likely to drive in the middle of the road and not follow basic road rules. It was also reported that around 47% have a tendency to cut off other drivers.
Around 30% are more likely to break the law by using their cell phones while driving and 17% allegedly apply makeup while they are driving. As a result of this irresponsible behavior, it was found that around 22% have ended up in minor accidents while 15% have been in serious accidents.
Even though they may be bad drivers, research have unfortunately found that eldest sibling is a lot more popular amongst parents. A study which observed around 384 families and was published in the Journal of Family Psychology stated the older children who felt that their parents liked them more was because of the fact that older siblings had been the first ones to succeed at anything be it school or a sport.
Professor Katherine Conger said: "I was a little surprised. Our hypothesis was that older, earlier-born children would be more affected by perceptions of differential treatment due to their status as the older child in the family". However, don't let this get all you younger siblings down as a study from the University of Toronto found that having an older sibling can actually help boost your intelligence. While another study from the Ohio State University found that growing up with siblings may make you less likely to be divorced.