Halloween is rapidly approaching, and that means you need to be ready for trick-or-treat time, regardless of whether or not you have kids of your own. If you’re going to be behind the wheel of a car on Halloween, you need to remember one thing: kids turn into sugar-crazed demons on Halloween. And you’re driving a big, metal thing on wheels that is much bigger they are.
In other words – do NOT squish any children this Halloween. Here are some reminders:
7 tips for driving safe on Halloween
1. Go slow.
Take it easy. Just drive slowly, especially if you’re going through neighborhoods or residential areas. Yes, you might be super excited to get to the rad Halloween party you’re going to, but slow down and keep your eyes open.
2. Be careful at intersections.
If you come to an intersection, turn slowly. Look around for kids. Don’t just fly through an intersection or whip around a corner. Just be careful.
3. Look at the sides of the street.
Kids are going to be walking (hopefully) along the sidewalks or curbs of the street, so pay attention to any pint-sized monsters careening along the sides of the road.
4. Be careful backing up.
If you’re backing out of a driveway or pulling away from the curb, be EXTRA careful. You never know if a gremlin is going to race out behind your car.
5. Don’t be distracted.
You need to keep all your attention on the road when you drive on Halloween. Don’t use your phone. Don’t eat. Don’t apply that last-minute costume makeup. Just don’t do it. Keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road.
6. Use your headlights early.
You’re going to want to turn on your headlights a little earlier than you might normally do. This is important because you’ll be able to see the monsters – ah, precious children – and they’ll be able to see you more easily.
7. Remember trick-or-treat danger times.
About 5:30 – 9:30 is the peak witching hour for trick-or-treat, so take extra care during that time.
So, Halloween is a lot of fun. But that doesn’t mean you should forget basic driving safety. Watch out for the tiny humans as you drive this Halloween!
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