Halloween Driving Safety Tips
It’s the night of Goblins and Superheroes! Did you know, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that Halloween is consistently one of the top three days for pedestrian injuries and fatalities, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that children are four times more likely to be struck by a motor vehicle on Halloween than any other day of the year. Here are four main Halloween driving safety tips you should follow:
There are more pedestrians, young children especially, out on Halloween night between 4 and 8 pm than most times of the year. Drivers need to be extra careful and look out for pedestrians because many of them will be dressed in costumes with limited visibility. Kids also tend to dart out from nowhere, so drive slow and be very aware of your surroundings.
Slow Down, or Stop Around Stopped Vehicles
Keep an eye out for stopped vehicles. Parents may be dropping off their children or waiting for them to return. Pass stopped vehicles very slowly and with extreme caution in case children run out into the streets. Also, make sure to use turn signals when passing a stopped vehicle and hazards lights in case you need to pull over.
Give Yourself Extra Time to Reach Your Destination
Plan ahead and map out Halloween festivities in your area so that you can adjust your driving route. You may be able to prevent congested traffic too. Avoid using your cell phone to talk, text, or navigate so that all your attention is focused on the road.
NEVER Drink and Drive
Halloween isn’t just for kids – adults celebrate too. If you’re planning on drinking, make sure you already have a designated driver, whether that is a cab, Uber, or friend.
Following these Halloween driving safety tips can help keep you and the streets safe. We hope you have a safe and fun Halloween!