Drivers need to know Halloween is a dangerous time on the road. There is double the chance a child will die in a Halloween pedestrian accident, as compared with a pedestrian accident on any other day of the year, according to Safe Kids.
Drivers can make a difference and can keep kids, parents, and others safe from auto accidents this Halloween- if these drivers make an effort to follow basic rules of crash prevention. WESH 2 Orlando has published a detailed article sharing driving safety tips for motorists to follow to help drivers keep trick-or-treaters from getting hurt.
Some of the safe driving tips which motorists should be certain they follow to pedestrian accident risks on Halloween night include:
- Avoiding distracted driving: There is both more pedestrian traffic on Halloween night AND more vehicles on the roads on Halloween. All drivers need to be prepared to deal with higher volumes of traffic while also keeping a careful lookout for kids who are out walking. Staying off the phone is a good start to avoid distracted driving accidents, but there are also other distractions to avoid as well, such as the use of in-vehicle infotainment systems. Even talking to passengers can be a distraction when you need to focus on the roads.
- Look out for pedestrians: It is especially important to be vigilant in watching for pedestrians because children could dart onto the street suddenly and you want to be able to stop in time to avoid hitting them. Kids can come out from in between parked cars, and may not cross at crosswalks.
- Follow all the rules of the road: While this is good advice every day of the year, following the rules is especially important due to increased traffic and increased pedestrians on Halloween. You should be sure to stop at stop signs; use turn signals; and yield at crosswalks.
- Obey the speed limit: If you are going too fast, your car has more momentum and you may not be able to stop it in time to avoid hitting a child. Pedestrian accidents are also more likely to be deadly or to cause permanent or serious injuries if your car is traveling at higher speeds.
- Ensure everyone in the car is buckled up. If you are going to be driving around with passengers on Halloween, you want to protect them too, as well as trying to keep trick-or-treating kids safe. Buckling up is one of the best ways to reduce the chances a car accident will be serious or will be fatal.
If drivers do their best to be safe, hopefully children's lives can be saved this Halloween when pedestrian accidents are prevented.