Halloween is right around the corner, and kids can’t wait to don their costumes and scour the neighborhood for candy. As fun as Halloween is, it can quickly turn tragic when dark streets are flooded with young children. In fact, 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. Because excited trick-or-treaters often forget about safety, drivers must be especially alert. Follow these 12 helpful Halloween safety tips for motorists:
- If you don’t have to go out during peak trick-or-treating time, stay home.
- If you must drive, you need to be especially alert, so keep your hands on the wheel and off the phone.
- Slow down in residential neighborhoods and obey all traffic signs and signals. Drive at least 5 mph below the posted speed limit to give yourself extra time to react to children who may dart into the street.
- Do not pass stopped vehicles that may be picking up or dropping off children.
- Watch for children walking on roadways, medians, and curbs. In dark costumes, they'll be hard to see at night.
6. Be on the lookout for excited children darting out from between parked cars and shrubbery.
- Carefully enter and exit driveways.
- Don't park in the street unless it’s absolutely necessary. Ideally, you should park in a garage, driveway, or alley to give trick-or-treaters and other motorists as much room as possible.
9. Use caution when backing up. Check for children who may be behind your vehicle before you get in it.
- Turn on your headlights to make yourself more visible, even in the daylight.
- At twilight and later in the evening, be on the lookout for children in dark costumes.
12. If you’re wearing a costume while driving, ensure that it doesn’t interfere with your ability to operate your vehicle. This includes limited visibility from masks and odd footwear.
Remember that children can be very unpredictable and they may run out when and where you don't expect it. This Halloween, take extra precautions to ensure that everyone's children get home safely.
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