Almost Perfect Weather Predicted for Halloween Night, Drivers Urged to Be Extra Cautious
With almost perfect weather expected for Halloween night, local law enforcement authorities are reminding drivers to use extra caution while driving and be alert for children who may be so focused on trick-or-treating they may not be alert for passing cars.
Additionally, in many areas people drive their kids into subdivisions and let them out to walk from house to house. Usually the parent follows behind in the car.
This can cause traffic jams in small areas and much confusion as kids dart between cars on the streets going from house to house. A driver is already distracted because they are trying to keep an eye on their own kids and usually aren’t paying attention to much else.
Drivers should stay on the defensive and remember a few basic Halloween driving tips:
- Don’t use a cell phone or other electronic device while driving on Halloween night.
- Pay extra attention, particularly to crosswalks, intersections and the side of the road. Kids tend to talk along the curbs, cutting across the street to get to other homes. Keep scanning all around as you drive, whether as thru traffic or along with your kids as they trick-or-treat.
- Drive below the posted speed limit in residential areas during trick-or-treating hours. This will allow time to brake if a child darts in front of you.
- Do not pass other vehicles that have stopped on the roadway. They could be dropping off children.
- Place a lighted plastic Jack-O-Lantern or similar signal on your dashboard to make your car more recognizable to your child.
- Halloween can also be a night when child predators are looking for victims. Let you child know they should never get into the car of a stranger at any time. If someone stops them and asks for help or offers them candy, tell them to scream as loud as they can and run.
- Make sure your child carries a flashlight, glow stick or has reflective tap on their costume to make them more visible to cars.
- If you are dropping off or picking up kids in your area, pull off the road in a safe spot and turn on your hazard lights to alert other drivers. If you go with your kids from door to door, leave the hazard lights on so other drivers can see your car.