Posted: 20-10-2016 In: Driving Tips
Even if you’re not planning on participating in Halloween festivities, you should still be extra careful if you decide to take a drive. Halloween is a time when lots of kids are going to be walking around the neighborhood – and the last thing you want to do is hit anyone by accident. Even if you follow all driving rules, there are still a number of safety tips that you should keep in mind while driving on Halloween to ensure that you don’t get into an accident. The following are six driving safety tips to follow on Halloween.
Drive slower in residential neighborhoods
On Halloween, you’re more likely to come across children going trick or treating in their neighborhoods. If you’re driving through a residential neighborhood, make sure you go slower than usual. This will allow you to react quicker in case a child runs out into the middle of the street and in front of your vehicle. If you drive too fast, you may not be able to react in time.
Be extra observant at intersections
Most children will be taught to only cross the street at intersections. However, this doesn’t mean that you won’t see kids run across intersections as you cross them. Come to a full stop at stop signs and make sure you don’t see anyone before you go through. Don’t just rely on your right of way either – keep an eye out for kids even if you have a green light at a stop light when in or near residential neighborhoods.
Enter and exit driveways with extra care
Check all your blind spots before backing out of a driveway. Consider backing out with your windows down so that you can hear oncoming children. Back out very slowly so that you give anyone that’s walking up time to react. The same goes for if you’re turning into a driveway – make sure the sidewalk is clear and pull up slowly.
Avoid any distractions
You shouldn’t be on the phone, whether making a call or texting, even if it’s not Halloween, but make sure that you don’t do this on Halloween evening. You need to be fully focused on the road so that you can react to any kids that may appear out of nowhere. You may also want to drive through residential neighborhoods where there are a lot of kids out trick or treating with your radio off so that you can hear what’s going on around you.
Put your headlights on early
Put your headlights on when evening hits even if it’s not dark out. Not only will doing so make it easier to see kids in darker parts of the road, but it will make it easier for trick or treaters to see you coming as well.
Be aware of trick or treating hours
You should keep these safety tips in mind all evening long on Halloween, but you may even want to avoid driving in residential neighborhoods altogether while neighborhood kids are out trick or treating. Whatever the case, keep in mind that the most popular time for trick or treating tends to be between 5:30 PM and 9:30 PM.
Halloween is one of the most popular British holidays of the year, so make sure that you keep these safety tips in mind if you’re driving around any residential areas on the night of Halloween.