Halloween is just under three weeks away, so it’s time to begin thinking about ensuring it will be a safe night for you and your children. This is the second in a series of articles about how to do just that.
The potential for automobile related accidents involving young pedestrians increases by 400% on Halloween night, a trick all parents and drivers surely want to avoid. This occurs because the streets are literally crawling with all sorts of witches, ghosts, goblins, vampires, zombies and all types of animated characters that night, requiring drivers to be even more alert than normal.
Traffic jams often occur when parents drive into subdivisions and let their children out to walk from house to house while they follow along in their cars. Additionally, as they go from house to house, kids tend to dart in between cars on the streets. It is difficult for the parents driving to watch for those kids as well as to keep an eye on their children with all that happening.
With children and adults both being preoccupied, safety may not remain the top priority. To help prevent a tragedy, here are some tips for drivers:
- Do not use a cell phone or any other electronic device while driving on Halloween night, even when slowly following your child through a subdivision. (Note: You should not be using cell phones or electronic devices when driving any other time, either.)
- Pay particular attention at crosswalks, intersections and the side of the road. Kids tend to walk on the curbing and jet across the street without looking. (You should do this whether you are driving thru or following your kids.)
- Drive below the posted speed limit in residential areas during trick-or-treating hours. This will allow you quicker breaking time, if needed.
- Do not pass other cars stopped on the roadway as they could be dropping off children. (This is particularly true in rural areas.)
- If you are dropping off or picking up your children in an area, pull off the road into a safe spot. Turn on your hazard lights to alert other motorists that you have stopped.
- If you leave your car parked on the side of the road (or in a neighborhood) to go with your children, leave your hazard lights on so other drivers will know that a car is parked in an unusual place.
Stay tuned for other tips to make your Halloween celebration a fun one.