Two well-meaning guests at my baby shower and a friend who recently became a new mom picked up me a “Baby on Board!” sign. You know the type: black on yellow printing, often suctioned to the back window of a vehicle to inform other motorists that you’re touring with a child. Its kind of like a smiley face-anyone can identify the sign from kilometers away.
Baby On Board Sticker, So why will it feel like my fellow motorists are not only ignoring it but are driving more aggressively around me now that my car is ‘baby’ marked? Like the garage door to open. She did it again as I waited for a red light to turn green, and by the way, a pedestrian, who experienced the right of way, was crossing the road and my baby was about to fall asleep. (Thanks, neighbor! Not cool!)
Baby up to speed signals have been with us for a long time and opinions with them remain divided. The signals are thought to date back again to the 1980s when these were first placed on sale by the Basic safety 1st Corporation. Though it is a broadly kept view they can alert crisis services to the existence of a kid, their original purpose was to encourage other motorists to operate a vehicle carefully in the existence of an automobile carrying a kid.
Michael Lerner had the idea of marketing the sign in 1984, right after he drove his 18-month-old nephew home. He realized people were impatient at his driving:
He partnered with a couple that had been trying to promote the signs and was successful in doing so. Baby on Board became a fad, which he pivoted into a whole company, tapping into the need for well-designed and marketed products for child safety (drawer locks for instance), and went on to found Safety 1st.
However, it is commonly argued that the signs were invented to inform emergency services of a baby on board in the event of an accident. It is possible that the misconceptions about the sign’s origin and purpose come from the fact that Safety 1st, the company that produces the Baby on Board signs, is a maker of other baby products with a focus on safety from car seats to strollers. But that is not what the signs were originally meant to be for.
‘Baby On Board’ signs are of help in alerting the crisis services a child may be engaged in case of an accident,” This help may become a hindrance if motorists display signals when the youngster isn’t in the automobile, Even worse still is the risk that may be posed by motorists obscuring their view by cluttering up home windows with a lot of signals. Motorists need to ensure that their view is not obscured and that they have a clear view of the road around them at all times.