It's October, which means Halloween is right around the corner. Whether you have children or not, it's important to keep the kids in your community safe on this special day. You are bound to see trick-or-treaters, especially if you live in a busy residential area or an apartment complex. We've compiled two lists of safety tips for drivers and parents/children for the spooky holiday.
For Drivers -
- Reduce Your Speed – The most important driving rule on Halloween night is to drive slowly. Kids can be walking and coming from all directions.
- Be Extra Attentative and Avoid Major Distractions (Phone, Eating/Drinking, etc.) - You should keep your eyes peeled on the road, and your hands should be on the steering wheel at all times.
- Don't Pass a Stopped Car in a Neighborhood – If you see a stopped car in a residential area, chances are they are picking up or dropping off their kids. Please exercise extra caution and let them finish before moving forward with traffic.
- Stop for Pedestrians – Some children are timid and may not know what to do if they see an approaching vehicle. They may be too afraid to cross the road. A simple hand gesture or horn beep can signal the young ones that it is safe for them to cross.
For Parents & Their Children -
- Supply Them With a Flashlight – We strongly encourage parents to hand their children flashlights on Halloween night. Not only will it help them see where they are going, but it will alert other drivers of
- Teach Them How To Cross the Road – If you haven't caught them already, you should teach your child to look left, right, left before crossing any street. Another tip is to not step in between parked cars or other blind spots.
- Hold Hands - If you have little ones, make sure you hold their hands, especially when crossing the roads.
- Use Your Hazards During Drop Off and Pick Up – When dropping off your children, make sure you're in a safe location to do so. We recommend using your hazard lights to alert motorists of your intentions.
- Encourage Going in a Group – The best way to stay visible is to plan your trick-or-treating festivities in a group setting. If your child travels in a larger group, drivers will be able to notice pedestrians easier.
We hope some of these tips help you and your children enjoy a fun and safe Halloween! If your car needs any maintenance and repairs before the spooky season is in full swing, please bring it to Alma Tire Service today!