On Halloween, drivers must deal with a lot more pedestrian traffic than normal. While safety should be a priority under normal driving circumstances, it’s a must on Halloween. Children can be unpredictable when trick-or-treating, and it’s up to drivers to maintain safety no matter what. In this case, Consumer Reports offers the following tips so you and others will remain safe on this popular holiday.
If you plan on attending any parties on Halloween, do not drink and drive. Being drunk greatly impairs your ability and puts everyone else on the road at risk. If you plan on drinking that night, use a ride-share service or call a cab. If those options aren’t available, make arrangements to stay over at the home where the party is taking place or designate a sober driver to bring you home at the end of the night.
In general, maintain a low speed to anticipate any children who might dart into the road unexpectedly. While it’s important for children to cross the street safely at the appropriate crosswalk, this doesn’t always occur. Additionally, it can be difficult to see children at night when they’re wearing dark-colored costumes. Driving slowly is the best way to react in time when faced with an unexpected occurrence.
If you don’t plan on driving but your kids will be out on their own, make sure they understand the importance of being safe while trick-or-treating. Provide children flashlights or glowsticks so they can easily be identified by drivers. Also, if your children are younger, be sure to accompany them on Halloween to ensure they’re safe. When choosing costumes that include masks, make sure your child is able to see clearly before sending him or her out. If masks obscure vision, it can be harder to navigate the roads appropriately.