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Halloween Safety Tips for Drivers
Halloween is a wonderful holiday, but because of
increased foot traffic and that Trick-or-Treaters are
out at night, the potential for automobile related
accidents with young pedestrians increases four times on
this night according to a CDC (Center for Disease
Streets are literally crawling with all sorts of
witches, ghosts, goblins, vampires and all other sorts of
costumed people. This makes for added responsibility
for drivers to make sure that they drive safer than
areas, people drive their kids into subdivisions and let
them out to walk from house to house. Usually the parent
follows behind in the car. This can cause traffic jams
in small areas and much confusion as kids dart between
cars on the streets going from house to house. A driver
is already distracted because they are trying to keep an
eye on their own kids and usually aren't paying
attention to much else.
Children and adults tend to be preoccupied and may not
pay as much attention to safety as they should. They may
not see your vehicle or just assume that you see them
automatically. Stay on the defensive and you shouldn't
have a problem while driving on Halloween night.
Don't use a cell phone or other electronic device while
driving on Halloween night. You shouldn't be doing this
anyway, the rate of cell phone related auto accidents
has jumped dramatically since the use of cell phones and
texting has risen so high. Some states have already made
laws concerning this and others are working on it.
Pay extra attention, particularly to crosswalks,
intersections and the side of the road. Kids tend to
walk along the curbs, cutting across the street to get
to other homes. Keep scanning all around you as you
drive, whether as thru traffic or along with your kids
as they trick-or-treat.
Drive below the posted speed limit in residential areas
during trick-or-treating hours. This will allow you time
to break if you see a child dart in front of you.
Do not pass other vehicles that have stopped in the
roadway, they could be dropping off children. This is
more common in rural areas but can happen anywhere.
Instruct your child
to never get into the car of a stranger. It might be
easy for your child to mistake someone else's
car your car with the excitement of Halloween.
Put a lighted plastic Jack-O-Lantern on your
dashboard to make your car more recognizable to
It's also a night that
child predators are looking for victims. Let
your child know that they should never get into
the car of a stranger at any time. If someone
stops them and asks for help or offers them
candy, tell them to scream as loud as they can
Make sure your child
carries a flashlight, glow stick or has reflective tape on their costume to make them more
visible to cars. Left them know if they carry a flash
light to never shine itin the eyes of a driver.
This can cause blindness on the drivers part
temporarily and they may not see your child.
If you are dropping off or picking up your kids in an
area, pull off the road into a safe spot and turn
on your hazard lights to alert other motorists. If you
go with your kids from door to door, leave the hazard
lights on so other drivers can see your car parked