Halloween can be such a fun night of the year but it can also be filled with safety concerns. Tomorrow night we’ll be issuing reminders to our little ones to hold our hands, tweens who are heading out to trick or treat independently with friends, and establishing expectations of our teens as we drop them off at Halloween parties but it’s also important for us to remember how we can help keep kids safe while trick or treating when we’re on the road.
For some road safety tips, I turned to Suzanne Johansson, Chevrolet Traverse Safety Expert. She shared these five Halloween safety tips for us to remember when we’re behind the wheel and kids may be around the car.
5 Halloween Road Safety Tips for Parents to Keep Trick or Treaters Safe
Drive Scary Slow – Kids are excited, full of sugar and potentially wearing shoes that could cause tripping. Slow down and be prepared to stop for young princesses, defenders of the galaxy, ghosts, and their friends as they cross the street or chase a piece of their costume in the wind.
Treat Yourself to Car Tech – Chevrolet recommends that you never turn off safety alerts, but if you have, turn them back on. In-car technology such as rear-view or forward-facing cameras, collision alert sensors and Surround Vision cameras give drivers a better view of what or who is near their vehicles while they’re backing up or just driving down the street.
Avoid Dreadful Distractions – If you’re concerned you’ll be tempted to use your phone while driving, eliminate the temptation and distraction by taking advantage of vehicle storage cubbies that you cannot access while driving.
Motorists and Masks Don’t Mix – While it’s tempting to make your fellow motorists laugh, it’s a bad idea to drive while wearing anything that could potentially impede your vision like masks, goggles or silly glasses. Place them in the trunk or a convenient storage space until you reach your destination.
Don’t Get Tricked and Always Buckle Up – Whether you’re rolling slowly down the street while your kiddos roam the sidewalk or transporting a group of superheroes door to door, be a stickler for safety and buckle up every time you’re in motion.
For more Halloween safety tips, read my past posts:
- 3 Things Your Middle Schooler Needs to Know to Trick or Treat Without You
- 9 Trick or Treat Safety Tips for a Safe and Happy Halloween
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