Jack-o-lanterns, costumes, and candy galore! Halloween is meant to be fun for everyone, but it can go bad fast if drivers aren’t being careful. More than any night of the year, it’s important to put 100% of your efforts into being safe behind the wheel on Halloween!
Keep the festivities fun and safe for trick-or-treaters and drivers alike with these 6 vital driving tips!
- Be prepared to stop for kids crossing the street, even when you aren’t at an intersection. Many kids don’t cross at intersections and either aren’t looking for cars or don’t know how to cross a street safely yet. In fact, the USDOT reports that 84% of collisions with young pedestrians occur at non-intersection locations. To prepare for crossing witches and goblins, look in the street as well as on sidewalks, yards, and driveways for anyone who may be heading for the street.
- Drive below the speed limit. You never know when a little ghost might run across the street. When traveling at a slower speed, you give yourself more time to react and your car needs less time and space to come to a stop (Thank you, physics!). Five miles per hour under the posted speed limit in residential areas is a good rule of thumb.
- Eliminate distractions. Put your phone in your purse, glove compartment, back seat, or even your trunk if you have a tendency to get distracted behind the wheel. Turn off the radio or keep the volume low so you can hear any pint-sized superheroes nearby.
- Communicate with drivers and pedestrians. Use your turn signals religiously so everyone can anticipate your next move. Turn on your hazards when stopped to pick up or drop off trick-or-treaters to signal other drivers to be careful when passing you.
- Turn on your headlights, even if it’s still bright out. Just like a little Batman in all black is hard for you to see, it’s hard for distracted and anxious kids to notice a car without headlights. Make yourself as visible as possible for anyone getting ready to cross the street.
- Use caution when pulling in or out of driveways and alleys. It can be tricky for you to see kids in these situations, and it can be hard for kids to see you! Inch your way out of these spaces, stopping frequently for any upcoming pedestrians.
With these 6 tips and some focused attention, Halloween is guaranteed to be a great night for everyone! When you’re looking out for zombies and dodging zoo animals, remember that anything can happen every day of the year, so keep yourself covered with Madison Mutual. Visit us at http://madisonmutual.com/ and have a happy Halloween!