Stay Safe This Halloween
Halloween is only a few weeks away, and with it comes droves of costumed kids out door knocking for tasty treats. To protect all those goblins, ghouls and fairy princesses from vehicular harm, follow these simple driving tips as recommended by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
- Drive slowly, and don’t pass stopped vehicles—they might be dropping off children.
- Be particularly observant between 4 and 8 p.m. when most of the trick-or-treating activity is under way.
- Store the mobile phone and keep your eyes on the road. Wait until you’re parked to call or text.
- Watch for children darting into the street, especially from between parked cars.
- Yield to all pedestrians, especially children who are caught up in the excitement of the evening.
- Let other drivers know your intentions by always using your turn signals.
- If you have to pull over to drop off or pick up your kids, turn on your hazard lights.
- Instruct your kids how to safely cross the street by looking both ways and only crossing at corners.
- Give your children flashlights, and use reflective tape on their costumes so drivers can see them.