Bad Drivers Forcing Me to 'Baby on Board' My Car

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bring back baby on boardRemember the '80s? Big purple hair, lots of lace and spandex in day-glo colors, and that sign of boring middle-age everywhere -- the "Baby on Board" yellow triangle? This sign may have been mocked endlessly, but now that I'm a mom, I so totally want to start a campaign for the return of the "Baby on Board" signs. Seriously. Does this make me lame? Yes, but if you'd been involved in as many close calls as I've been since I moved to Los Angeles in the last year, you'd also be considering plastering a big yellow "nerd mom" sign to your back window.

I realize complaining about traffic in LA is like complaining about all that snow in Colorado, but here it is: People of Los Angeles, please stop threatening the lives of my children by your crazy a** driving. Actually, let's open this up to the entire U.S. of A.

New York, you're not any better. I'm remembering a close call when I was strolling my daughter across a small street in Brooklyn and some jerkwad decided he had to make a right turn without noticing the pedestrians. Of course then, I could scream profanities and flip him the bird, secure in my knowledge that he knows, that I know, he's a horrible person who almost hit a baby in a carriage.

As a former resident of Texas, I'm also going out on a limb and saying you guys have some drivers with issues sharing the road with your precious cargo. So as a resident of all three coasts, I know I'm not the only frightened mom who wishes people would remember your crappy driving could hurt an innocent child. Let's get it on it, America! Heck, the original guy is still making these things, you just have to track down a store in order to purchase. We can do that! We built the Hoover Dam, we're Americans! We can surely kick start production on these "Back off, my cargo is important" signs. After all, aren't the '80s totally back?

So let's do it. Go buy your "Baby on Board" sign today. I'll be right behind you, driving carefully.

Would you put a "Baby on Board" sign in your car?

 

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nonmember avatar me

I never understood those. like, I was planning on rear ending your car, but I now see that you have a baby, so just go about your business.

SandM... SandMsMama

I've been contemplating getting one! I have 2, soon to be 3 precious passengers! for a cute, and fun twist, you could find someone to make one with your own text & colors! I just ordered some custom stickers for my new back winshield (my previous one was bashed out by a tree limb in the hurricane)

Stacey. Stacey.

These signs will only matter to other people with children as well. All the old folks will be too blind to read it and all the young ones will be too busy texting to care. besides, do you really think people get into car acciednts because they think the car is full of adults?

nonmember avatar denGymnindene

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nonmember avatar jennifer

i live in the oc and i have actually noticed that a lot of the bad drivers on the road are the ones with baby on board signs! it amazes me actually how many i have seen - so ill watch out for your baby on board if you stop driving like an ars!

jasmi... jasmineg86

i never understood the point.. i dont drive more safely when i see it, nor do i drive less safely when i dont. i doubt unsafe (texting,speeding, wreckless) drivers change their behavior either.

nonmember avatar Al

U got a point Jennifer. Lol. Angry rushing soccer moms in SUVs :-P .... ( I'm a mom too so I think I can say that)

Anywho , im also from Texas , more specifically from the Rio Grande Valley. I initally wanted a sign to at least warn other drivers I had s child on board but I'm now against it. With the rise of cartel violence and even local crime, it has been recommended to not use these signs because they act as a big bullseye for criminals. Now my paranoia and lack of sign has made me resort to covering my carseat and hiding baby toys so my car is less targeted as I struggle a baby , groceries, and a stroller.

easun... easunshine

A lot of the more aggressive drivers are moms with or without their babies on board. I don't think these signs make a difference. people aren't going to drive better around you bc you've got one. if anything, the aggressive drivers are going to be more aggressive around you bc they assume you'll be an annoying driver to be stuck behind/beside BECAUSE you're a child-toting driver.

Pbutt... Pbuttercup0625

The sign won't change anything. The only thing you can control, is your own driving. When I see those signs, I scoff. And the reason is I feel like these parents now want special driving treatment just because they reporduced.  Trust me, the teenagers, crazy college kids, and the blond wmen in SUVs(if you are blond, get out of that SUV, you have probably almost killed more people then you realize) won't give one iota about whether you have your spawn in the car or not.  To me all it says is "I have a baby! Now give me special treatment!"


So I end with this, YOU are responsible for your own driving. Bad drivers have existed since the days of charriots. You can't control what they do, but you can control your observeness, your speed, stopping at appropriate times, changing lanes, etc. I hate to say this (seeing as I am a woman) but women have the WORST sense of depth perception, so be aware of that too.

nonmember avatar jodie

I had one, till the Texas heat warpped it beyond recognition. Wish I could find one that wasn't made of flimsy plastic.

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