With the 31st bringing an end to October, that can only mean one thing; Halloween is here. Yes, it’s that time of year again when for one night only all the ghosts and ghouls come out to play. Whether it’s taking children trick or treating or going to a fancy dress party, we take a look at some top tips for driving this Hallows’ Eve.
When it comes to driving through residential areas, take extra care and stay alert as there are likely to be plenty more children out on Halloween. While creepy costumes are great, they’re not the best when it comes to visibility. For a driver, the dark costumes often make trick or treaters less visible, enabling them to blend in with the shadows and night air. Using lighter costumes, especially for younger children, and reflective tape or even giving children glow sticks will help to make them more visible to drivers. If you’re driving your children to different houses to trick or treat family or friends, always make sure that they’re buckled up and wearing their seatbelts each time, no matter the distance. For children that are old enough to go trick or treating by themselves, establishing some rules on how to stay safe could be extremely beneficial. For example, making sure that they choose a safe place to cross the road and not in between parked cars will allow them to see any oncoming vehicles but will also allow the oncoming driver to spot them more easily. While children can be unpredictable, remaining alert and expecting the unexpected will allow you to prepare for any spooky fright that’s heading your way.
Halloween isn’t just for the kids, it’s also a great excuse for the adults to dress up and have fun as well. If you’re going to a party remember to either have a designated driver or book a taxi in advance – chances are you won’t be the only ones out that night and pre-booking a cab will ensure that you aren’t waiting out in the freezing cold for hours to get back home. However, if you’re braving the cold and you’re in a fancy-dress costume that is dark, remember that motorists may have difficulty seeing you trying to cross a road. Going to a well-lit area or crossing point will enable drivers to see you better.
While Halloween isn’t always about the treats, you may be unfortunate enough to find yourself on the receiving end of a trick; one that could possibly involve your car. Should this be the case, any vandalism to your car should be reported to the police and checking with neighbours that may have CCTV can help with an investigation.
Halloween is supposed to a fun event for all the family, but spare a thought for your furry family members. With plenty of people knocking the door, creating a safe and quiet place for your pet will help settle them and reduce any stress or anxiety that this may cause. With this in mind, drivers should be alert, particularly around housing estates, as pets may have escaped out of fear.
Whatever your plans are for Halloween, remember to stay alert and be aware of any distracted children, adults or spooked pets but above all else stay safe.
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