“Baby on Board”

 “Baby on Board!” What is the first thing you think of when you see a sign  as you approach another vehicle, advising  of this?   The first thought in my head is a scene from the Simpsons, the one with the barber shop quartet song, quickly followed by a quote from the same episode “Now people will stop intentionally ramming our car”

The implication of these notifications is that special care is required which always gets me wondering with whom do the presumed extra responsibilities lie. Is it on the driver of the vehicle behind to keep a greater distance or is it the responsibility of the parent, aunt, grandparent or whoever is displaying the sign to ensure they are driving well and safely?

For the driver following behind, the case seems to be clear.  Adequate clearance is a basic safety precaution for everyone but it is sadly, massively abused or ignored. We give each other personal space on trains, in shops etc so why do we choose to harass and intimidate others when we are left in charge of a one ton metal box?

As for the family member who has felt the need to display this sign. The child is in their care so surely they should be taking all care possible, leaving lots of space, planning well ahead, not speeding. Essentially doing everything they can not to put that child in a position of danger.

The answer to me is clear – These declarations displayed on the back of vehicles should not be necessary at all – after all, all drivers should be driving safely, with adequate clearance, with due care and attention. We are all taught these basic rules from the very first day when we start to learn to drive- or  at least all “Really Good Driving School Glasgow” pupils are.

I know this is an ideal world situation but consider that everyone is precious and valuable to someone no matter what age they are.  So next time your following another vehicle take a moment and think, “do I have as much space in front of me as I’d like the car behind to give me.”