For many, Halloween is what makes October such a wonderful month. Friends and families can carve jack-o’-lanterns, go on hay rides, and even visit a corn maze or haunted house. For children, it all culminates in trick-or-treating near the end of the month. While it is important to stress safety tips with your children if they are trick-or-treating, it is also important to practice some safety tips of your own if you will be out driving.
Check out these five Halloween safety tips for drivers, courtesy of Capital Toyota:
- Research trick-or-treat times in your city. Make sure you know when and where children will be out in any neighborhoods you will be visiting so that you know when to be extra cautious.
- Turn your lights on. Even if it’s still light out, it will make you more visible to children. It will also help you catch the safety reflectors that many parents attach to their children’s costumes.
- Drive slowly. Neighborhood speeds are usually posted at 25 mph. Slow down to 20 or even 15 during trick-or-treat times. Remember—kids might not follow all pedestrian rules, like crossing at crosswalks only.
- Put away your phone. Whether you are making a phone call, playing music, or trying to text, put that phone down. These are things that offer dangerous distractions at all times, but be especially cautious of things that cause distractions (phone, radio, food) during trick-or-treat times.
- Be aware of danger zones. Drive slowly around parked cars, as children might dart out from behind them. Also be extra careful at intersections, where children may cross out of turn. Always signal your intentions to drivers and pedestrians, and keep your eyes alert all night.
Halloween is a fun night for all—just make sure you are being safe however you celebrate!