Driver Safety Tips for Halloween
Halloween is one of the most dangerous nights of the year for pedestrians. On average, children are twice as likely to be struck by a car on Halloween. While it’s always good to practice pedestrian safety and wear high-visibility costumes, it is equally important for drivers to understand the risks and practice these driver safety tips for Halloween.
Often, trick or treating means many people wearing dark clothes crossing the street in low-visibility conditions. Therefore, anyone driving on Halloween night should travel a little slower than they normally would, especially in high-traffic or residential areas.
The slower you drive, the better your ability to identify and react to a pedestrian in the street.
Avoid Bright Lights
Looking at bright lights (such as an oncoming vehicle or your phone), causes your eye to readjust. This makes it more difficult to see in the dark, which can have a significant impact on your peripheral vision, meaning it is more difficult to see pedestrians on the side of the road. Once you look at a bright light, it can take upwards of 20 minutes for your eyes to readjust to the darkness, so avoid looking at oncoming lights if at all possible.
Stay In Your Lane
Avoid passing other vehicles on Halloween. There are two reasons for this. First, you may not be able to see what is in front of the car ahead of you. You may start to pass a slow or stopped car, only to find trick or treaters trying to cross the street.
Second, a vehicle may stop suddenly to pick up or drop off trick or treaters. In either case, it is wise to be patient and slow down. The more conscious you are of how pedestrians and other drivers are moving, the better able you are to practice safe driving and prevent an accident.