If you’ve been driving for any length of time, you’ve probably seen those little yellow diamonds proudly displaying “Baby On Board” on the back windshield of someone’s car. Apparently, these insignificant little signs are the bane of some drivers’ existences. For some reason, Baby On Board signs have become almost synonymous with pretentious, overbearing parents. And no one likes pretentious, overbearing parents, right?!
Before you go on with your, “Well, I WAS going to hit them until I saw that sticker on their car” tangent of dripping sarcasm, I would like to make a case for these little yellow diamonds. You see, accidents happen, or rather, collisions happen. (We can’t always call them “accidents” per say, now can we?) They happen even when we do everything in our own personal power to be safe, attentive drivers. They happen even when there are billboards, TV commercials, and radio ads that speak of the dangers of texting, drinking, and otherwise distracted driving. And yes, they happen even when these well-intentioned signs are displayed in our vehicles.
What if I told you that these signs may not just mean that the drivers and parent’s of said “baby(ies)” hope you drive safely around them? What if I told you that it may be a sign warning to you to show caution around them?
You see, parents can be some of the most distracted drivers. Between a screaming baby, or a toddler who is demanding “Wheels on the Bus” for the fortieth time, or squabbling siblings (see photo on the left), it’s easy to get distracted. It’s easy to take your eyes off the road for a split second to see why your kid is screaming at the top of their lungs–only to find out it’s because they saw a pretty dog on the side of the road.
You think traffic is intense? Imagine sitting in Houston, Texas traffic with an insatiable child who is screaming loud enough for your unfortunate neighbors to hear. Nothing makes you want to attach laser blasters to your hood and blast your way home while doing 110MPH quite like this scenario.
Long story short: don’t assume that all parent’s with a “Baby On Board” sign are passive-aggressively judging your driving skills. Maybe, just maybe, they’re actually telling you to steer clear of their 1+ ton of road hazard. 🙂