Halloween is just around the corner, but it’s never too early to start thinking about safety. For drivers and pedestrians alike, this evening should be safe and fun—so it’s important to keep these tips in mind while on the road. Here are some ways that you can enjoy a safer Halloween, whether you’re walking with trick-or-treaters, or driving to a party.
Slow Down, Especially After Dark
The National Safety Council recommends driving slower than the speed limit in residential areas, especially as it grows darker. During peak trick-or-treating hours, slowing down will give you extra time to react if a child suddenly darts into the street or there is another hazard.
Turn On Your Headlights
Switch on your headlights early when you know trick-or-treaters will be out. Not only will it make your car easier for children to see, but it can help you see children in dark-colored costumes more easily as well. It’s best to turn your lights on before it gets dark.
Eliminate Distractions While Driving
You should practice this anyways, but it’s especially important to get rid of distractions when you know that children will be out walking along the streets. Put your cellphone away and ask your passenger to take over tasks like navigation or changing the radio—or wait until you’re safely stopped to make any changes or to check your GPS.
Designate a Driver for the Night
We know kids aren’t the only ones enjoying Halloween, but that doesn’t mean that safety stops with them. Designate someone to be responsible for being the sober driver, and be sure to treat them to plenty of non-alcoholic treats to thank them for getting you home safely at the end of the night.
If you are out after dark, it is important to be visible to drivers. Be sure to bring bright flashlights, glow sticks, and other light sources that can help you and those walking with you easily visible. Stick to well-lit areas, cross the road at intersections and designated crosswalks, and never walk in the street to ensure that you are safe from cars.
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