Driving on Halloween can be scary!
Halloween is a fun night for kids with dressing up and collecting treats. As drivers, we should be especially vigilant on that night for little trick-or-treaters.
Some scary Halloween driving facts:
- Halloween is the deadliest day of the year for child pedestrian accidents.
- Twice as many child pedestrians are killed on Halloween compared to other days of the year.
- In 2013, 6,100 pedestrian deaths and over 160,000 injuries occurred on Halloween.
Keep everyone safe with these Halloween driving tips:
Anticipate the unexpected
Kids are excited on Halloween (and pretty filled up with sugar). They may not react in predictable ways. Be extra vigilant around residential areas.
Slow it down
Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly. Look twice – or even more!
Be alert for strange crossings
Kids may not adhere to crosswalks, corners or even stop lights. Over 70% of Halloween child pedestrian accidents occur away from defined crossing areas. Watch between cars and throughout the middle of a block.
Make it bright
Use your headlights earlier in the day to help spot children farther away. The most dangerous time for accidents is during twilight hours from 6 -7pm.
Remind your trick-or-treaters of these safety precautions:
Walk - don't run
Drivers cannot see as well during twilight and at night. Walking prevents trips and falls, and gives drivers a better chance to see you.
Cross where marked
Only cross at corners, never between parked cars or in the middle of a street.
Keep your head up
Put down your phone, don't text and walk.
Older doesn't mean safer
Kids 12 – 15 years old accounted for almost 1/3 of the fatalities on Halloween. Remind your teenagers that this is a day to be extra-cautious around cars.
Stay safe and have a Happy Halloween!