Halloween Safe Driving Tips

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If you see ghouls, ghosts and monsters roaming the streets of your neighborhood looking for candy, you know what time of year it is! Halloween!

But there are some scary things beyond the costumes to watch out for.

Did you know according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, automobile accidents involving young pedestrians are four times more likely to occur on Halloween night?

While this should ultimately be a fun night for children, as a driver there are steps you can take to ensure you are navigating your vehicle safely through crowded streets filled with trick-or-treaters. Here are a few:

  • Drive slowly through your neighborhood. Give yourself enough reaction time.
  • Take extreme caution when passing a parked car. The driver could be dropping off children or waiting for them to come back.
  • Avoid distractions from your phone. Looking down to text or answer a call for even a second takes your eyes off the road.
  • Be conscious of pedestrians. Children get excited on Halloween and may run into the street without looking for approaching vehicles.
  • If you are dropping off your children for trick or treating, use your vehicles signals. If you are turning, be sure to use a blinker. If you are dropping your child off to trick-or-treat, use your emergency blinkers.
  • Be aware of darker clothing. Some costumes may be dark in color and extremely difficult to see at night.
  • Always enter and exit your driveway with caution.
  • Ensure your lights are on at all times. As much as you need to see pedestrians, they also need to see you approaching.
  • If you are a parent dropping off your own children for trick-or-treating, be sure to not only watch your own children but others as well. Keeping your eyes on only your children could distract you from other children that may be crossing the street.
  • Never assume pedestrians see you and will stop. Always be a defensive driver and stay alert.
  • It is recommended to discourage teens from driving on Halloween due to the increased risks for inexperienced drivers.

Sources:

http://www.progressive.com/vehicle-resources/halloween-safety/

http://www.nsc.org/safety_home/SafetyObservances/Documents/Autumn%20Safety/Halloween%20Safety.pdf

http://www.halloween-safety.com/halloween_safety_driving.html