Halloween is one of the scariest evenings of the year, especially for drivers. Are you doing everything you can to keep kids safe when you’re out on the road?
On average, children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on October 31st than any other day of the year. Trick-or-treaters often forget the rules of the road in their excitement, and they can be tougher for drivers to spot when they’re dressed in dark colors.
It stands to reason that drivers should be extra vigilant when their neighborhoods are swarming with costumed children this Halloween.
Here are a few safe driving tips that will ensure everyone arrives home safely:
Drive slowly. If there are a lot of kids around, you’re best option for keeping everybody safe is to slow down. It will be easier to stop suddenly if somebody darts into the road.
Don’t pass stopped vehicles. There’s a good chance on Halloween that if somebody stops their car in the middle of the road, they’re either dropping trick-or-treaters off or letting somebody cross the road.
Put your phone in your pocket. You should never try to drive while texting or talking on the phone. It will take some of your attention away from driving. Even a second of distraction could spell tragedy.
Yield for young children. Some kids — who either don’t know better or who are overcome with excitement — might not stop before crossing the road. Make sure you’re aware of the kids around you and take the extra precaution of yielding if they look like they’re going to cross.
Communicate with other drivers. Don’t make them guess what you’re next move will be. Use your turn signals and hazard lights if you’re stopping to drop of trick-or-treaters.
If you have trick-or-treaters of your own, make sure they know the rules of the road and consider giving them flashlights or glow sticks so drivers can see them when it’s dark.
We hope you have found these safety tips helpful. Happy Halloween from Burkhart Insurance Agency!