Halloween is one of the most exciting nights for kids; they get to put on a fun costume, hang out with their friends, and score some free candy. However, it’s also a day of increased motorist injury. Those fun distractions may make trick-or-treaters forget about the safety precautions they should take while walking around the neighborhood streets. To help, we’ve put together some tips for drivers, trick-or-treaters, and parents to make sure everyone stays safe from cars during the night.
- Slow down in neighborhoods especially if there are no street lights.
- Be sure to check all your blind spots when backing up.
- Keep an eye on your peripherals – most pedestrians will be there as they walk the sidewalk or curb.
- Wear a reflective band, glow sticks, or other light-up accessories.
- Look both ways before crossing the street.
- Wait for cars to go past. They may not see you even if it’s pedestrians first.
- Carry a flashlight. Never shine it at the cars.
- Walk on the sidewalk or on the grass if there’s no sidewalks.
- Know where your children are going and give them a time to be back.
- For children under 12, make sure they have an adult or responsible youth going with them.
- Review pedestrian safety rules like which way of the street to walk.
- Try to avoid costumes with masks for younger children since it obstructs their view.
We hope these tips will help everyone have a fun, worry-free Halloween. Trick-or-treat and look both ways before you cross the street!