The holiday season is almost upon us, and the night that sets it all into motion is none other than Halloween! Whether you’re trick-or-treating or hunting for the perfect party, it’s always important to keep your personal safety as a top priority. Driving around is a big part of the night and, if you’re not safe when doing so, you can put yourself and others at serious risk.
1. Make Sure Your Car is In Good Working Order
Whether you’re trick-or-treating or not, you’ll likely be driving through neighborhoods and parts of town that are crawling with excited and often distracted children. Make sure that your brakes and steering are functioning properly, your headlights are bright enough, and that you can see clearly out of all windows and mirrors. This task may seem arbitrary or overly cautious, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Make sure your license, car insurance and registration are up to date as well.
2. Practice Safe Driving Etiquette
Remember all of the little precautions that are sometimes easy to neglect or forget about in daily life. Always yield to pedestrians, even if you have to wait a while. Use your headlights and turn signals when driving around, at night especially. Don’t forget to use your seatbelt as well, even if the car ride is only for a few blocks. With the increased amount of both automobile and foot traffic, avoid distractions while driving at all costs, including, but not limited to using your phone-the safety of the people around you is more important than that call or text.
3. If You’re Taking Kids Trick or Treating, Keep Your Eyes Peeled
Even when you’re not the one behind the wheel, it’s important to be aware of those who are—especially if you’re trick-or-treating with children. Everyone’s in a rush to enjoy their night, so cars may not yield to pedestrians even if they should. Make sure kids can see clearly out of their costumes. If their costumes cover their eyes or limit their mobility, give them extra guidance when crossing streets, and make adjustments to their costumes so that they can still react quickly. Flashlights and reflective tape can also help drivers be able to see them in the dark.
4. Never Drink & Drive!
For some, a big draw of the Halloween season is the parties where festive beers and cocktails are served. Remember the adage, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.” If your Halloween plans include going out and drinking, be sure you have a plan so you won’t drink and drive. For example, stay at a friend’s place, designate a sober driver, or use ride-sharing apps like Uber or Lyft.
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