From the first day of October, there are very few things that young children are focused on other than Halloween. With costumes, jack-o-lanterns, and, of course, candy — this night is often a crowd favorite. However, Halloween carries many potential dangers for pedestrians.
Fortunately, both drivers and pedestrians can do their part and make a commitment to improving Halloween roadway safety. Here’s what you should know:
Safety Tips for Trick-or-Treaters
No matter how big your trick-or-treating group is, each person can use these tips to have a safer experience:
- Increase visibility to drivers by wearing bright colored or reflective costumes and using a flashlight when walking between houses.
- Plan your route ahead of time, and if you’re in an unfamiliar neighborhood, stay in the more well-lit areas.
- If you need to cross the street, look in each direction for cars and try to make eye contact with any drivers that may be slowing down to let you cross.
Safety Tips for Drivers
Whether you partake in Halloween activities or not, being on the road during this holiday may come with potential hazards. As a driver, remember to:
- Eliminate the distractions you can control behind the wheel, such as silencing electronic devices or quieting rowdy passengers.
- Drive even slower than you think necessary in areas where pedestrian traffic may be higher during certain times of the day.
- Get to know your neighborhood: is trick-or-treating usually wrapped up by 6 pm or later in the night? Adjust your plans accordingly so you know when to leave or come back home.
This Halloween, make a plan to practice safer behaviors and help all individuals enjoy the holiday in the way they choose.