TRICK OR TREAT!!!

It’s that time of year again and the kids will be out getting candy so here are some tips for staying safe on Halloween!

Halloween jack-o-lanterns

Drive slowly!

don’t pass stopped vehicles. The driver might be dropping off children.

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Park your mobile phone. Avoid distractions by waiting until you’ve stopped to call, text, or surf. Don’t you want to actually enjoy Halloween with your kids?  Candy Crush can wait!

Watch for children darting into the street. Kids can cross the street anywhere, and most young pedestrian deaths happen at spots other than intersections.

Yield to young pedestrians. Children might not stop, either because they don’t see your vehicle approaching or don’t know how to safely cross the street.

Communicate with other drivers. Always use your turn signals. And if you have to pull over to drop off or pick up your kids, turn on your hazard lights. Making sure you can be seen is just as important as seeing other drivers and pedestrians.  When the candy is out most kids aren’t paying attention to cars that don’t have their lights on.

And, to keep your own trick-or-treaters safe:

Teach them how to safely cross streets. They should look both ways and cross only at corners and crosswalks.

Consider indoor community Halloween programs for younger kids. Check out the local trunk or treat in your area for a fun safe controlled environment.  You will even see cars in costume!

Brighten them up. Give them flashlights and glow sticks, and/or use reflective tape on their costumes, so drivers can see them.  You can make a skeleton out of a black body suit and led strip lights.  Get creative!

Check out this blog spot for more safe driving holiday tips.

Have a safe and Happy Halloween and as always, DRIVE SAFE!

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