Welcome to part 2 of our blog on Fall and Halloween activities around Amarillo + safety tips! Today, we’re going to focus on Halloween driving safety. Since the streets will literally be crawling with people, it is more important than ever to drive alertly, especially during the peak trick-or-treating hours of 6 – 9 PM.
A few tips for Halloween driving:
- Watch for children darting into the street and between cars – according to Progressive, most young pedestrian deaths occur in spots other than intersections.
- Slow down and stop for young pedestrians who may not be checking for cars – especially if you are driving in a residential neighborhood. Some kids might be wearing masks that impair their vision.
- Dropping off your kids? Pull over and put on your hazard lights to alert other drivers you are pulled over.
- Enter and exit driveways carefully, since you never know when a group of excited trick-or-treaters will dart past.
A few tips for trick-or-treaters (we like this list by the CDC):
S Swords, knives, and similar costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible.
A Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
F Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.
E Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Don’t eat any candy until your parents say it’s okay. Limit the amount of treats you eat.
H Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you. Always WALK and don’t run from house to house.
A Always test make-up in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.
L Look both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalks wherever possible.
L Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses.
O Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.
W Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls.
E Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.
E Enter homes only if you’re with a trusted adult. Only visit well-lit houses. Don’t stop at dark houses. Never accept rides from strangers.
N Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.
Leave us a comment if you have other useful Halloween safety tips to add.
Happy Halloween from all of us at Aardvark Automotive!