Apart perhaps from the day after the general election, Halloween is the single scariest day of the year. Unlike November 9, the fright synonymous with Halloween is of a fictitious and more playful nature. This isn’t to say that Halloween cannot be legitimately scary itself; with children roving neighborhoods in masks and costumes in large numbers, it can actually pose quite a danger.
Fortunately, if you are a responsible driver who intends to take a trip on Halloween night, whether it’s to a masquerade ball or a Christmas tree-trimming party (stranger things have happened, after all), then being safe on Halloween Night is spookily simple. Here are some quick tips courtesy of AAA and Progressive:
- Slow and steady: If you are driving through a residential area, go slower than even the speed limit permits. Further, if you see a vehicle stopped but running on the curb with its lights on, do not attempt to pass it; it could be dropping off children.
- Heed the turn: Whether you are exiting your driveway or turning down a narrow street, use an abundance of caution to make sure that you are clear on all sides. To ensure that you are all clear, keep an eye out for children in yards or on porches in addition to children on sidewalks.
- Light the way: It’s already getting darker earlier, so you should be turning your headlights on in the early evening as it is. Just to be certain, leave your headlights on whenever you are behind the wheel on Halloween to make your presence better known—and to ward of ghosts, of course.
- Yield: Even if you are in a hurry, you should always give the right of way to pedestrians. This holds doubly true on Halloween when your pedestrians are small ghouls and ghosts. Give children an opportunity to see you first, and let them pass so that you can proceed safely
- Put the phone away: Again, not driving distracted by your smartphone should just be common sense when behind the wheel. But if you do have occasion to glance at your phone while driving, whether it’s to check an incoming message or use navigation, do not do so in residential areas. Taking your eyes off the road for even a second is a risk you cannot afford when children are involved.
By following these steps, you can ensure not only that you have a safe and happy Halloween, but that all the children in your neighborhood do as well.