BOO! Now that I have your attention; it’s that time of year again: Halloween. The day that will fuel your kids’ next six sugar rushes has arrived. Halloween is the one time of year where kids get to run around from house to house dressed as Power Rangers and Princesses. Although Halloween is a night of fun, it can also be dangerous with all of the Trick-or-Treaters running about. Parents and kids are bound to be a little more preoccupied and might not pay as much attention as usual. So, here are some tips to help you drive safely on Halloween night:
-Refrain from using your cell phone while driving. It’s already a dangerous distraction while driving, but there’s even more of a risk on Halloween because of all the foot traffic.
-Drive slower than usual through residential neighborhoods during trick-or-treating hours. Kids are unpredictable and when there are a lot of them running from house to house and playing around, you never know when one will just run out into the street without looking.
-Have your headlights on; it will make your vehicle more visible while you’re driving- at night and even before.
Do not assume pedestrians will stop for you. This ties in to driving slower. You never know if someone is paying attention or not. Trick-or-treaters are thinking about candy, so looking both ways may not come to mind.
-Be careful driving by parked vehicles. Many times parents will drop their kids off to trick-or-treat. It’s important to watch for this because the kids will be so excited to sprint up to the next door that they could run out into the street without looking.
-Entering and exiting driveways can be dangerous as well. Be extra cautious when pulling in or backing out your driveway, kids may be running through driveways to get to the next house.
-If you, yourself, are dressing up this year, put your mask on when you get to the party. It can already be difficult to see through a mask walking around; it’s even tougher while you’re driving.
-If you are taking your kids around, make sure your vehicle stands out so that your kids get into YOUR vehicle and not a stranger’s. Remind your kids to NEVER get into a vehicle with a stranger. To make your vehicle stand out, you can put a battery powered jack-o-lantern on the dash or hang a blinking LED light from your rearview mirror; anything that is easily recognizable and clearly visible in the dark.
-Have your kids carry glow sticks or something reflective. This will make them more visible to other vehicles.
Have a Happy Halloween!
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