Would you use a ‘baby on board’ badge in your car?
As I’ve mentioned before, we don’t have a car, so are currently at the mercy of public transport with a pram. Both Alex and I do have licences though, albeit very dusty ones, so we’ll probably think about getting a car in the next few years (I’m not even entertaining the idea of tube steps with two babies).
This blog was half-named for the badges you can get for use on public transport if you’re pregnant. Something that’s not really on my radar, just yet, is the same badge you can get for cars. Almost 2 in 5 parents have displayed a ‘baby on board’ vehicle sign though, and Confused.com and road safety charity Brake recently conducted a survey about the benefits and dangers of these signs for drivers.
The survey found that:
- 80% of the parents who use ‘baby on board’ signs think they improve safety
- Yet 46% of drivers think the signs obscure vision when driving
- 46% of drivers who have children under 16 and display a ‘baby on board’ sign do not remove it when the child is not in the car
- 14% of parents think the signs are uncool and 33% of drivers think the signs are ‘tacky’
I’d always thought these signs were used for novelty value; however, Brake point out that they can provide essential information to emergency service workers in case of a crash, but parents should only use them if there’s a child in the car (and make sure the sign doesn’t become a safety hazard by obscuring your view).
What does everyone think? Have to admit I’m not too sure if we would have one or not, but if you have strong opinions about this, you can add your voice to the debate over at the Confused.com Facebook page.
And let me know, if you own a car would you ever get one of these – if you don’t already? If you have one, have you noticed a difference in how other drivers treat you on the road? I’d be really interested to know your opinions.