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Firstborns Are Terrible Behind the Wheel, Study Says — and Yep, That Sounds About Right

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Sooo, it’s kind of been a running joke among my siblings that I’m the worst driver in our family. The only thing is, I wasn’t made privy to this joke until last year. And I’m 24.

Obviously, I completely disagree and think I drive my (adorable) Volkswagen Cabrio perfectly. And, I safely gave these kids rides all through high school, thank you very much.

But now, unfortunately for me, it looks like my three younger siblings might have some evidence to back up their claim.

According to a new study conducted by Privilege Car Insurance, firstborns are considered to be the worst drivers.

Among 1,395 drivers tested, it was proven that oldest siblings are more likely to speed, run yellow lights, get into car accidents, and engage in other bad driving behaviors.

Okay, fine. I admit I got in one minor car accident when I was 18, OK? But it wasn’t a big deal …

The insurance company conducted their study by placing a monitor in each of the participants’ cars to track their driving habits, and after analyzing the results, they found some overwhelming trends.

Of the participants, 89 percent of the firstborns studied were more likely to speed, 47 percent cut off other drivers, and 46 percent were more likely to swerve out of their lane and monopolize the road.

Additionally, us elder children were also more likely to run yellow lights, with 27 percent of the participants running reds.

(Those are some pretty determinant facts right there. Maybe I should rethink my driving strategies …)

In contrast, youngest siblings proved to be the best driving family members, with a 42 percent likelihood of cutting people off and only 26 percent monopolizing the road.

The excuses for these bad road habits also varied based on birth order. For instance, while middle and younger siblings tended to blame other drivers for messing them up, older siblings explained that they only drove poorly “for good reasons,” like being late. (Obviously, it’s always for a good reason!)

Another interesting result found by the study was the older kids’ tendency to engage in other distractions while driving. While I’m happy to report this is the one part of the study I do not relate to, Privilege Car Insurance stated that 30 percent of firstborns admitted to texting while driving and 17 percent admitted to doing their makeup!

But, all sibling rivalries aside, who are the best drivers on the road today? Only children.

So I think it’s safe to say my younger siblings are the reason for my driving mishaps. Case closed.

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