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Old 06.05.2012, 21:40
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Re: Identifying your kids on your car - Why??

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Old 09.05.2012, 10:04
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Re: Identifying your kids on your car - Why??

I have to say 'baby on board' stickers have always translated to me as a warning to other road users that goes:
"avoid this car like the damn plague, because the driver's attention is with the screaming child in the back & not on the road"
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Old 09.05.2012, 11:03
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Re: Identifying your kids on your car - Why??

I guess that any sticker on a car is just a way to express yourself and your beliefs...

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Old 09.05.2012, 11:03
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Re: Identifying your kids on your car - Why??

Perhaps it's an overwhelming sense of pride? I have also seen plenty of cars in CH with a Scottish flag sticker on the back. Why? Are people really that proud of where they come from or how many children they have that they feel the need to tell all the other drivers on the road?
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Old 09.05.2012, 11:21
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I have also seen plenty of cars in CH with a Scottish flag sticker on the back.
In fact, my sticker even spells it out "I'm proud to be a Scot" Even though only my ancesters were, but as the saying goes, you can take the girl out of Scotland but you can never take Scotland out of the girl
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Re: Identifying your kids on your car - Why??

Brilliant.

I've thought this many a time I can tell you.

You've managed to spawn, yeah ok, well that's statistically not very impressive to be honest. Advertising the fact, all over the place, urgh, desperate.

The alternative of course, would be to have a kid with a massive cross through it on your car. May not exactly send out the right message though...

On the other hand, I did chuckle a little bit at the thought. You heard the idea here first folks.
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Old 09.05.2012, 13:28
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Re: Identifying your kids on your car - Why??

I always thought these types of signs are really funny. I remember back in the 80s, people that the "Baby on Board" signs that morphed into dogs and cats and grandpa etc. The signs are there to warn us that there is a baby or family in the car? As if I would aim to smash into them otherwise. I always have the mental image of a guy roaring up to T-bone an unsuspecting car for fun and screeching to halt last minute because he saw the baby on board sign.
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Old 09.05.2012, 14:02
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Re: Identifying your kids on your car - Why??

When I was around 6 or 7 I had a tshirt printed with a picture of a train (I wanted to be a train driver back then) and my name on it.

It was popular to have tshirts or sweatshirts printed with your name on.

Of course, now I know that if someone knows your name it's easy to kidnap you. This is why I have a hundred Smiths locked in my cellar in London.
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Old 09.05.2012, 20:44
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I was told the things became popular after an road accident (in the US i think) when the mother/parents were badly injured, came round the next day/days later, asked about the baby and the hospital had no record of the baby being admitted. Nobody noticed it in the back seat....................
after that the baby on board stickers were meant so emergency services could check the rest of the car. Trouble is as someone pointed out people leave them on the car full time so it doesn't necessarily mean there is a baby on board all the time - so it loses its impact. Maybe its one of those urban legends, but it makes you think..
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I was waiting for someone to bring that up!

They were made by some guy who, without any research whatsoever, decided to make a company to sell little yellow signs. Now granted, he has made a fortune out of those signs and other things, but I have never once seen any evidence to back up the perception that they actually work. Lots of people on the net talking about it, many bringing up the same things over and over (the false story of the baby who died because the fire fighters couldn't find them, increases safety etc.), but there is no empirical evidence to back up any claims that having a baby on board sticker decreases any risks from being hit while driving.
Whilst I agree the whole sticker/sign thing is great marketing, it was absolutley pounded into us to look for these things at a few accident rescue courses i have attended over the years. One instructor stated that they had experienced this personally (dead child thrown from a car during a rollover, no childseat or seatbelt on). It was more to emphise checking the whole scene in a large incident rather than worrying about the dead punters in the car.
Ugly and stupid as they are, people (myself included) do generally give you more parking space so little Johnny doesn't smash his door into your car.
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Re: Identifying your kids on your car - Why??

I was just looking at a 20 year old Saab parked near work. There was a retro baby-on-board sticker in the back window too - all faded and crazed but hanging on still. Which means that this babe is probably the driver now.
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Old 09.08.2012, 16:11
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Another interesting family sticker

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One of the things I will always remember from the "stranger danger" education when I was a wee lad, was that wearing your name on your shirt is a surefire way for strangers to have a way in to do harmful things to kids. This is because, kids are immediately trusting of a stranger who knows their name without having to ask for it.

"Hi Timmy!"
"How'd you know my name?"
"I'm a friend of your mom's. Do you want some candy? I have a big bag of Tootsie Rolls back in my van."

So when I see these stick figure stickers on vehicles announcing the names of everyone it just reminds me of that "stranger danger" education I received as a youth, and makes me wonder why on earth these things have become so popular.

In the seventies when I was a young 'un some family friends/relations bought me a t-shirt with my name (Debra) on it. I loved that t-shirt, it was red, my favourite colour at the time..

We went on holiday to Butlins (a family holiday village in the UK) and I was wearing my beloved t-shirt in the playground. A man came up to me and said well I see "de-bra", can I see "de-knickers"?. Being around 6 years old I didn't really understand what he meant but after I told my mum I was never allowed to wear that t-shirt again!
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We went on holiday to Butlins (a family holiday village in the UK) and I was wearing my beloved t-shirt in the playground. A man came up to me and said well I see "de-bra", can I see "de-knickers"?. Being around 6 years old I didn't really understand what he meant but after I told my mum I was never allowed to wear that t-shirt again!
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Old 09.08.2012, 16:40
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Re: Identifying your kids on your car - Why??

If I'd wanted my daughter to have her name on her clothes, it would have been a lot simpler to name her Abercrombe.
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If I'd wanted my daughter to have her name on her clothes, it would have been a lot simpler to name her Abercrombe.
Much cheaper to call her "Iron on reverse" though.
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I remember a Ben Elton rant many years ago about "Baby on board" stickers. Basically saying it was for guys to boast about the fact they were fertiile stud monkeys, or words to that effect.

Have to say I agree with him. Doesn't make me drive any differently to be honest. If people really are that concerned about their little darlings, they shouldn't have them in the car in the first place. And why does it only apply to cars behind? Why not have it emblazoned all over the front and sides as well? Hell, let's have bells, whistles and a loudspeaker too.
Normally you can tell they have kids by the cars they drive.

Would anybody buy something as ugly as an Espace if they had the choice?
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I was told the things became popular after an road accident (in the US i think) when the mother/parents were badly injured, came round the next day/days later, asked about the baby and the hospital had no record of the baby being admitted. Nobody noticed it in the back seat....................
after that the baby on board stickers were meant so emergency services could check the rest of the car. Trouble is as someone pointed out people leave them on the car full time so it doesn't necessarily mean there is a baby on board all the time - so it loses its impact. Maybe its one of those urban legends, but it makes you think..
so it's a sort of hazmat sticker?
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Old 09.08.2012, 18:46
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Re: Identifying your kids on your car - Why??

In the countryside around here people make large plywood storks, hang a diaper
on its beak, stick it in the front garden, and anounce the new baby.

Something like this, with maybe baby name and date of birth,



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why is this thread wasting my valuable brain resources?
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Once you get to zero, the pain stops.
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