IT’S official! First born kids are worse drivers than their brothers and sisters, has been revealed.
A study into family rivalries revealed eldest children are more likely to rack up fines for bad driving than their brothers and sisters.
And psychologists said it could be because first borns are over-confident and given an easy ride by parents and transfer this lax attitude to driving.
Younger kids are often given a tougher time by parents and have to try harder, making them better behind the wheel.
The research by Privilege Insurance revealed eldest siblings were also more likely to beep their horn, hog the middle lane, tailgate and use a mobile phone.
By contrast, the youngest in the family ranked best – ahead of oldest and middle children – in eight of the 13 categories studied.
Interestingly, one-child family kids – sometimes considered the most selfish – were least likely to hog the middle lane or cut someone up.
Psychologist Becky Superman said: “There are many reasons why the eldest child might be the worst drivers.
“Sometimes the first born child is doted upon the most, parents can be tougher on the children born after the eldest child, giving the eldest child the messages that they don’t need to try as hard at things, this can affect their ability to focus on getting good driving skills completely mastered.
“Sometimes first born children have overly anxious parents who are ready to dial 999 at the most minor of incidents and the child of this kind of parenting may promise them self that they will grow up to be different to their parents, so different that they can end up the extreme opposite to them.
“When they get their first taste of freedom in the form of their new car they may really let their hair down being overly confident and not considering the risks enough.
“The oldest child is often given the most responsibility which can sometimes give the a fault sense of confidence that they are capable of taking on tasks with high levels of responsibility leading them to be a bit cocky when it comes to being a driver.”