Wellbeing

Studies Show The Youngest Sibling Is Actually The Best Driver In The Family

Being the youngest sibling can be hard. Yes we’re the smartest, funniest, coolest and often most genetically blessed, but forever being compared to the oldest golden child is tough.

Well guess what guys, we’ve finally got a win under our belts! Studies show that the youngest sibling is actually the best driver in the fam, and you better believe we’re never going to let you hear the end of it.

The study, carried out by Privilege Car Insurance has shown that the eldest child in a family is most likely to speed, cop fines for motoring offences and be involved in crashes, reports The Independent.

To source their findings, Privilege Car Insurance assessed the driving habits of 1395 drivers. They found that 89% of older siblings are likely to speed, 47% are liable to cut off other drivers on the road, 46% have trouble staying in their lane and 35% are likely to be fined for their bad driving habits.

Oh, and 17% of first-born siblings say they’re likely to apply their makeup while driving, and 30% even admitted to using their phone while behind the wheel. Tut-tut-tut.

Interestingly, the research showed that the excuse used for such poor driving varied depending on birth order too. The youngest and middle children (28%) blame other drivers on the road (relatable), while the oldest siblings (18%) blame external factors, which they deemed to be a good enough reason, like running late for an appointment.

“Sibling rivalry is a famous family issue, in particular when arguing over who is the better driver,” says Charlotte Fielding, head of Privilege DriveXpert, the company that commissioned the study. “Younger drivers with [certain Privilege DriveXpert] policies are given a score based on their safe driving ability.”

“This technology can not only encourage safe driving and reward those who do so with lower insurance premiums, but can also help siblings decide once and for all who is best behind the wheel.”

So remember, next time you chat to your older sibling, tell them how crappy of a driver they are, and how scientifically, you’re the best driver in the family. Be safe on the roads.

(Lead Image: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day)


Bradley is a writer from regional NSW and he didn’t come here to make friends, he came to win. He tweets infrequently to his 43 followers @bradjohnston_.