Halloween is quickly approaching and, as one of many people’s favorite holidays, many already have their minds wrapped around costumes, trick-or-treating, and candy. While this is a night for people to have fun, it’s also important to remember that safety should always be a top priority. The streets, sidewalks, and roads can be hectic at night, and accidents can still happen at any time.
For drivers, here are a few safety tips to keep in mind when on the road Halloween night:
Limit Your Speed
While you may be accustomed to driving at a certain speed around your neighborhood or town, remember that there will be crowds of people out on the streets while trick-or-treating. Most trick-or-treaters are young children, who may sometimes run into the middle of the street unexpectedly and are difficult to notice. Be conscious of your surroundings when on the road and use the gas pedal with caution.
Ditch the Distractions
Halloween is a busy night, and many people will be on the phone or texting friends and family members trying to arrange plans. Don’t let this be a distraction while driving. Make sure you put your phone down so that you can keep your full attention on your driving and speed limit. If your costume involves a Halloween mask, take it off while driving so that you can turn your head and visually see in all directions with your peripherals.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that 44 percent of all people killed in car crashes on Halloween night involved a drunk driver. If you’re celebrating the night with alcohol, make sure that you don’t drive or let anyone else drive after drinking. On top of the chaos of the streets, driving while intoxicated is a recipe for disaster and the probability of accidents and injuries will be much higher. If you see a drunk or reckless driver, you should call local law enforcement to ensure that no one gets injured.
Pedestrians can help ensure that they stay safe while out and about on Halloween night by keeping a few things in mind as well:
Make Yourself Visible
Dressing up in costumes is a Halloween tradition, and many wear black on this holiday. However, it can be difficult for drivers to see you at night if you’re dressed in dark colors. When walking around, make yourself visible. You can carry a glow stick or flashlight with you to ensure that drivers will be able to see you. Use crosswalks correctly and follow the rules of the road at driveways and intersections as well.
Stay with a Group
It’s easier to see multiple people at once versus someone walking alone. Because of this, it’s safe to stay with a group of people so that you’re easier to recognize. Try to stay in well-lit areas with your friends and keep your cell phones charged in the event you get separated and need to find each other again. You can also designate a meeting area in case you lose contact with someone in the group.
While this holiday is enjoyable to most and a time for fun, it’s essential to stay safe and continuously be aware of your surroundings on Halloween night.