We’re less than a week away from Halloween in Harford County! Do you have your costume picked out? Are you going as something funny or maybe a little more spooky? We think you’re never too old to dress up for this ghoulish holiday, and you’re never too young to learn road safety tips for Halloween!
Halloween is such an exciting holiday, but there’s nothing fun about the shocking statistics in pedestrian fatalities from this past year. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently reported 5,987 pedestrian fatalities in 2016. This is the highest number since 1990! Pretty soon, little ghosts, skeletons, witches, and princesses will be trick-or-treating around Harford County! So let’s talk about some road safety tips for Halloween to keep pedestrians and drivers safe this year!
Consider the following road safety tips for Halloween pedestrians. This includes yourself, as well as your children, family and friends this Halloween in Harford County:
- Plan your Halloween trick-or-treating route ahead of time. Make sure you are familiar with the roads you or your children will be canvassing. Try to make this route in a relatively populated area.
- Organize some sort of “buddy system” for Halloween night. You should never go out alone!
- Follow all rules of the road! Pay attention for vehicles in driveways and especially at intersections. Cross with a traffic signal and always look both ways.
- Bring a fully charged cellphone out with you in case of emergency. However, drivers aren’t the only ones who can be distracted by their phones. Keep your head up and phone down especially when crossing the street.
- Along with your cellphone, bring your identification card.
- Walk on the sidewalk at all times when available. If there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic. This will allow you to see driver and for them to see you.
- Make yourself as visible to motorists as possible. We totally understand that this might not go with your costume or theme, but Halloween safety wouldn’t be complete without a flashlight or lantern! Carry your flashlight or lantern on the side closest to traffic. Also, if you can incorporate reflective material into your costume, you will make yourself extra visible to motorists!
- Set a curfew for when you want yourself you’re your children to be home by, and stick to the planned route.
- Going door-to-door trick-or-treating is great fun! But do NOT under any circumstances go into a stranger’s house.
If you plan on driving on October 31st in Harford County, consider these road safety tips for Halloween:
- Avoid all distractions while driving. These include:
- Texting or cellphone use
- Driving while impaired
- Eating or Drinking
- Check out these 5 great (FREE!) Apps to help you avoid distracted driving this Halloween in Harford County!
- Keep your eyes peeled for pedestrians! Don’t forget that this is one of the most pedestrian-heavy nights of the year!
- SLOW DOWN! Stay at an appropriate speed, especially driving through residential neighborhoods.
- When backing out of your driveway, pay special attention for those on the sidewalk and on the road. Again, take it slow!
- Make sure your windshields and windows are clean for good visibility! Also, check that your headlights and taillights are working properly so you are visible to pedestrians.
- If you notice another driver on the road that looks impaired or distracted, contact local law enforcement immediately.
- Remember, as soon as you get out of your vehicle, you become a pedestrian. Consider the above Halloween safety tips for pedestrians!
So whether you’re planning on dressing up and canvassing the streets of Harford County this Halloween, or will simply be driving home from work that evening, be cautious on the roads this October 31! By following our road safety tips for Halloween, you can help everyone enjoy this exciting holiday.
Happy Halloween from Jones Junction Body Shop & Collision Center!