Drive Safe This Halloween!

October 17, 2013

Drive Safe This Halloween

Photo Credit: William Warby (Creative Commons)

All Hallows’ Eve is a spooky night, especially for drivers. Follow these tips to keep trick-or-treaters on your route safe.

Halloween is a fun-filled night for kids. But, unfortunately, it is also a night that is fraught with danger. In fact, the CDC has found that the number of deaths of young pedestrians — from ages 5 to 14 — is four times higher on Halloween evening than any other night of the year.

That’s enough to scare anybody straight!

Neighborhoods will be swarming with darkly dressed children who may, in their excitement, forget the rules of the road. You’re job will be to keep an eye out for danger and drive accordingly.

Take these six safe driving tips into consideration, if you find yourself on the road this Halloween:
  1. Drive slowly. Your reaction time will be much better if you slow down. You never know when you may need to break suddenly for trick-or-treaters.
  2. Put your cell phone away. The road needs your full attention at all times, even on nights other than Halloween. If you have to take a call or answer a text, carefully pull to the side of the road first.
  3. Don’t pass stopped cars. If a car stops in the middle of the road on Halloween, there’s a good chance the driver is dropping somebody off or yielding for trick-or-treaters.
  4. Use your signals. If you’re the driver stopping to drop off a trick-or-treater, turn on your hazard lights so the car behind you knows what you’re up to.
  5. Don’t drink and drive. These days, this one goes without saying. Make sure you have a designated driver if you’re planning to partake in libations this Halloween.
  6. Yield for young children. Many young children don’t know the rules of the road. If you see a young child approach the road, take precaution and yield. They may dart into your path.

If you have children who will be out on Halloween night, make sure they know the rules of the road and give them flashlights or glow sticks so drivers can see them when it’s dark.

Be safe out there, and Happy Halloween from Guffey Insurance Agency!