Halloween driving safety: Ghouls and goblins just ahead

By Bob Braun, Regional Business Development Manager

BWC advocates safe driving all year long, but we all must remember to be especially attentive on the roadways tomorrow.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that Halloween is consistently one of the top three days for pedestrian injuries and fatalities. Because excited trick-or-treaters often forget about safety, motorists must be even more alert.

What can you do this Halloween to keep those ghouls and goblins safe in your neighborhood?

Follow these Halloween driving safety tips:

  • Avoid distractions, so you can stay alert. Put your cell phone away, don’t reach for anything until you’re safely stopped and save your snacks for your destination.
  • Slow down in residential neighborhoods and obey all traffic signs and signals. Drive at least 5 mph below the posted speed limit to give yourself extra time to react to children who may dart into the street.
  • Scan your surroundings and be extra alert. Kids may not be paying attention to traffic and will cross the street mid-block or between parked cars and in dark costumes, some will be harder to see at night.
  • Don’t pass other vehicles that have stopped in the roadway. They could be picking up or dropping off children, so wait several seconds before attempting to pass, and only if you see there are no people near the car.
  • Exit driveways and pull onto streets with extreme caution. Children have a harder time judging how a driver will react and are more likely to think they have the okay to go ahead.

Please heed these common-sense tips to keep our communities and children safe this Halloween. Happy haunting!

Check out BeSafeOhio.com for more driving safety tips, and avoiding common injuries at home and in your workplace.

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