Staying Safe with Halloween Driving Tips
Young Drivers of Canada would like to ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable evening of Trick-or-Treating and is suggesting the following tips for drivers and.
1. Avoid following your Trick-or-Treaters in a vehicle. Many parents drive their children into a subdivision and follow them in a vehicle as they walk from house to house. In doing so, motorists can confuse kids who have the tendency to dart between cars as they go from house to house. Drivers will already be distracted as they try to keep an eye on their children and will not give full attention to the roads. Drivers are encouraged to park their vehicles and follow their children on foot.
2. Avoid smartphone distracted driving. You should not be using your phone while behind the wheel as it is against the law regardless of what day it is. Texting and cellphone-related collisions continue to rise despite increased fines and demerit points. To avoid any temptations, turn your phone off or place it in the truck. Out of sight means out of mind!
3. Watch out for increased pedestrian traffic at intersections and on the side of the road. More children on the streets will mean less room to accommodate everyone. Kids tend to walk along the street curbs. On Halloween, most kids forget the rules of the street and cut across the road to get to the house with the best candy! Drivers need to scan the road as they drive and be prepared to stop at a moment’s notice.
4. Avoid excessive speed. Drive below the posted speed limit in residential areas during the trick-or-treating hours. Driving at a slow speed will provide more time to break if a child happens to run out on the road.
5. Do not pass any vehicles. A driver may be stopped to allow children to pass or to let off passengers. Drivers are encouraged to pull off the road and turn on their hazard lights to alert other motorists.
Halloween Driving Tips and Safety Reminders
In addition to tips for drivers, parents are encouraged to remind their children never to get into a vehicle of a stranger. Costumes should be reflective so that drivers can see the ghosts and goblins. All Trick-or-Treaters should carry a flashlight to ensure that they can see where they are going. Halloween is a night where children may forget their safety rules. Treat-or-Treaters are encouraged to travel in groups and look out for each other or with adult supervision. Young Drivers of Canada would like to wish everyone a Safe and Ghoulish Halloween!