When it comes to siblings there always seems to be one who feels some kind of resentment towards the other.

If you're the second-born you'll most likely feel a deep lying, petty hatred towards your brother or sister, as they came along first, and can do no wrong it your parents' eyes. First born equals golden child.


When you popped out it has all been done before. First steps had been seen. First words had been witnessed. First birthday party, that's a thing of the past. You get my drift. It's definitely the case in my fam.

As if that's not bad enough, there's loads of studies that claim the first-born is better at a lot of things. FFS!

There are claims that they're cleverer and funnier, as well as a host of other desirable personality traits. However, I can vouch, as the youngest, cleverest, funniest child, none of these are true.

But according to new research second-borns now have an edge on their siblings, at least with one thing. YES!

Privilege Car Insurance found that first-borns are actually awful drivers. The study looked at the driving habits of 1,395 motorists, concluding that a huge percentage of older brothers and sisters are more likely to develop bad habits.


89 percent of older siblings are likely to speed, 35 percent of those will be slapped with fines as a result, 47 percent will cut off fellow drivers, and 46 percent are likely to use the middle of the road, Metro reports.

All the information indicates that they're more likely to either cause or be in an accident, proven by them trying to multi-task while driving.

A huge 30 percent were found to break the law by using their mobile phones, while another 17 percent admitted to applying make up. This resulted in 22 percent having a minor accident and 15 percent having a serious incident in the last five years.

While this is a result for second-borns, don't get on your high horse too quick, as a past report from Joseph Doyle, an MIT economist, finds that you're more likely to be a bigger troublemaker. What-evs.

"The firstborn has role models, who are adults. And the second, later-born children have role models who are slightly irrational two-year-olds, you know, their older siblings," Doyle told NPR.

"Both the parental investments are different, and the sibling influences probably contribute to these differences we see in the labor market and what we find in delinquency. It's just very difficult to separate those two things because they happen at the same time."

At least we're better drivers, right?

Always remember to drive safe though, remember when Faryal Makhdoom got in trouble for Snapchatting while driving?

Credit: Snapchat/Faryal Makhdoom

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Rachel Andrews

Rachel Andrews is an NCTJ trained Junior Journalist at PRETTY52. She specialises in Fashion Journalism, and has experience at a range of online and print publications. She is a Journalism and English language graduate of Kingston University, London, and joined the team in 2017. Contact her - rachel.andrews@pretty52.com

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