The spookiest time of the year is also one of the most dangerous for pint-sized, costumed pedestrians. Careless drivers can spell catastrophe for distracted trick-or-treaters, making Halloween a risky night to let the kids roam the neighborhood. Stay safe on the road and keep pedestrians at their safest too with these five safety tips specific to the last day of October.
- Drive slowly and do not pass stopped vehicles.
Don’t speed through neighborhoods and other residential areas where children may be in the vicinity. If you see a car stopped ahead of you on Halloween, do not pass it—it may be dropping off or picking up children that you might not be able to see coming around the vehicle.
- Stay off your phone.
It’s never a good idea to have your phone out while you’re driving—with so many additional pedestrians and kids running rampant in the evening hours for candy, it’s an even worse idea. The text can wait. Stay focused on the road and your surroundings.
- Watch for darting children.
You never know which kids have been taught how to cross the street safely and which ones haven’t. To be on the safe side, assume none of them have been and be extra careful. Kids will cross the street anywhere and the majority of young pedestrian deaths happen at spots other than intersections.
- Yield to young pedestrians.
In the same vein as keeping an eye out for darting children, yield to kids that are trying to cross the street. You never know which ones don’t know how to safely cross, which ones may not see your vehicle approaching, or which ones may incorrectly think they have enough time to run across. It’s safer and easier for all parties if you let them cross and then continue on your way.
- Communicate with other drivers.
Always use your turn signals to indicate where you’re heading next to your fellow drivers and, if you need to pull over to drop off or pick up your children, turn on your hazard lights.
If you’ve got children of your own, make sure they know the best ways to stay safe—teach them how to safely cross streets, consider an indoor community Halloween alternative (especially for younger kids), inspect their candy to ensure it’s safe to eat, and make sure they’re as bright as possible with glow sticks, flashlights, and/or reflective tape so they’ll be easier for drivers to see.
Have a safe and happy Halloween from all of us at Boughter Sinak, LLC!