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7 Safety Tips for Halloween Trick-or-Treaters and Drivers

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Halloween is right around the corner, which not only means it’s time to start thinking about what you’re going to be this year, but it’s also the perfect time to review how to have a safe and fun Halloween! Read our tips on how to have a spooky and safe holiday”

When driving around subdivisions anywhere between 4 and 9 pm on Halloween, plan to leave for your destination early. This is because you should try to drive slower than the listed speed limit to give yourself enough time to brake suddenly and safely in case of a wandering ghost or goblin!

Keep your eyes peeled when driving and watch for trick-or-treaters crossing the street – even if it’s not near an intersection – kids on Halloween can’t be tamed! This also means yielding to young pedestrians when they are deciding to cross at unconventional places.

Put the phone away! Make safe driving your number 1 priority, without any distractions.
Reverse with alert. This is especially important if you are parked in a subdivision. Trick-or-treaters might not be fully aware that you are trying to reverse, so reversing slowly or having someone else be your spotter can be helpful.

Parents and guardians can also help ensure their little ghouls and witches are safe by considering the following tips:

  • Educate children beforehand on how to safely cross streets.
  • Bright costumes = safe costumes. Dark colored costumes are very difficult to see at night, but you can always brighten them up DIY style with some reflective tape.
  • Consider giving your trick-or-treaters flashlights and glow sticks to hold onto during their adventure.
  • Replace any costume hazards like masks, which can obstruct your child’s view if it’s not on properly, with makeup to get the same, yet safe, effect.

We at Martin Auto Color hope that you and your kids have a fun and safe Halloween! Trick-or-Treat!

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