It’s that time a year again where millions of kids will dress up as their favorite hero or ghoul and take to the streets in search of fun n and treats. National Traffic Highway Administration lists Halloween as one of the top 3 most dangerous days of the year for pedestrians. As a matter of fact, the odds of being hit go up 400%. So, here are a few tips for safe halloween driving.
1) Slow down- Consider doing at least 5 mph under the speed limit and give yourself more time to react.
2) Watch for kids darting from between cars and in front of your car. The children are excited and having fun with their friends with minimal thought to their danger.
3) Watch for dark costumes that might be hard to see.
4) Watch for kids walking in the middle of the street or crossing in unexpected areas.
5) No Alcohol. As tempting as it is to enjoy a drink for social events, this is not the night.
6) No distracted driving. This is not the night to text and drive or fidget with your music selection. Stay focused and let’s keep the kids safe.
Trick or Treater’s
1) Talk to your kids about safety before they leave. Set boundaries and rules that keep them safe.
2) Have adult supervision. Kids get excited and make some poor decisions. A little guidance can keep them safe.
3) Don’t dress them in black. It’s tempting to wear black with all kinds of fun sinister costumes in black, but the visibility is just too poor to send kids onto dark streets dressed in black.
4) Give them glow sticks or a flash light. A flash light or glow stick can really help them stand out. It will also help the adult keep an eye on which group they are monitoring
Follow these tips for safe halloween driving and you’ll have a wonderful safe Halloween. Happy Halloween from Collision Pros serving Auburn, Chico, Paradise, Red Bluff and Woodland California.