Driving safely around trick-or-treaters is no easy feat. Young children get excited on Halloween when going from house to house, which can lead to some problematic pedestrian behaviors. That’s why both parents and motorists must take the time to educate kids and themselves on the following safe practices, as explained by Consumer Reports.
As a driver, you’ll be faced with many more pedestrians on Halloween, so it’s important to adjust your speed accordingly. When you encounter children in a residential neighborhood, slow down and allow them to cross the street, even if you have the right of way. Kids are more likely to run out into the street between cars and other unsafe places, so drivers should remain alert. While distractions are dangerous at any time, they’re particularly risky during Halloween.
Parents driving their kids to trick-or-treat or other Halloween festivities must also take caution. When dropping kids off, pull as close to the curb is possible. Try to find a safe space that’s out of the way of traffic and signal other drivers with your hazard lights. Kids must also be properly secured in the vehicle with seatbelts even if you’re only driving a short distance. Small kids should be secured in the back seat in the appropriate car seat.
For kids who are trick-or-treating on their own, parents must talk about the importance of pedestrian safety during Halloween. That means crossing at crosswalks, staying on well-lit paths, and being visible to drivers. Because dark colors can be hard to see at night, parents are advised to choose light-colored costumes or send their kids out with a reflective vest and flashlight. Kids should also be careful about wearing masks when walking, as they can restrict vision.