Dangers of Bumper Stickers and Decals
"Wait, what did that sticker say?"
How often have you been stopped at a stop light or stop sign and the car ahead of you has several bumper stickers with various sayings on them? Stickers, decals, and pictures are fun ways to decorate your car, but they can be dangerous in many ways. This doesn't mean that the majority of drivers on the roads today will attempt dangerous driving to read a sticker, however, it only takes that one person to make the roads unsafe for many people.
Controversial subjects may cause road rage when other drivers become angered or offended by the subject on your decals or stickers. Do you have the right to put whatever you want on your vehicle? ABSOLUTELY! But common sense suggests that we be a bit careful about what we put on our vehicles especially since our families will be riding in them as well as ourselves.
If you are planning on trading in your vehicle and wish for a high return, do not put decals or stickers anywhere on your vehicle because this detracts from the value of the vehicle. However, if you chose to put these things on your vehicle, please use common sense so that you and your family remain safe. There are so many ways we can be involved in an accident or cause road rage that we don't really need to add fuel to the fire.
A few simple suggestions below can help, however it is ultimately your choice, your vehicle, and your safety (as well as the safety of anyone in the vehicle with you), so the decision is yours.
A bumper sticker with a lot of tiny writing on it becomes a hazard as drivers of other vehicles try to get close enough to read what it says.
When there is a lot of small writing on a sticker or decal, drivers become curious about what the writing says and they try to get close enough to read it. You, as a driver, most likely do not even remember that the small writing exists and can't understand why the other driver is so erratic in his/her behavior. As drivers go to extremes to read the item on the vehicle, the attempts become dangerous and many times will cause an accident. If you are going to decorate your vehicle with stickers, etc., please make sure that it is a quick message in large letters that can be easily read at a stop sign or light. This reduces the dangers of drivers attempting to 'read' the saying as you are driving along.
Small stickers or decals can cause problems similar to the decals with tiny writing. Drivers will attempt to get close enough to read it.
The same rule of thumb follows for tiny or small stickers or decals. Because the item is small, drivers can't read it quickly and often try outrageous maneuvers to get close enough to read it. I have heard horror stories of people being pinned in parking lots so the person following them could read a sticker or decal on their vehicle.
Family pictures like this are cute but should be kept in safe hands. Aren't those ducks adorable?
Pictures of family on the windows of vehicles actually endanger the family by telling would be predators the makeup of your household.
You know those little stick figures that show Mom, Dad, three kids, a dog and a cat. They tell any would-be predator exactly who and what is in your family. They can use that information just as if they had your address, phone number, or social security number. You are basically telling the predator that you have two girls, a boy, and a man and woman of the house. They scout the house, count who leaves and know exactly who is left. You wouldn't put your address, phone number, or your social security number on your vehicle, would you? I wouldn't put those on my vehicle either, nor would I put up the little stick figures showing my family.
With so many signs out there........
- We're open
- New Product
- One way
- Car wash
- vote for us
- Now Hiring
- Help Wanted
- No Right Turn
- No Left turn
- No Turn on Red
- Bus Stop
- Pedestrian walk way
- business names
I know that I don't need to go on. There are so many signs out there for drivers to have to see, read, and understand that decals and stickers on cars are just another hazard. Even the Department of Transportation has made signs that show in one picture the hazard that is approaching with little or no words. Please, if you want a sticker or decal on your car, make it big, short, and easy to understand with very little reading.
© 2011 Cheryl Simonds
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