Tips for Safe Driving this Halloween

by Mary Wimmer, Communications Coordinator

Safe driving starts with you! Here’s how you can do your part to help protect little trick-or-treaters this Halloween weekend.

It’s that time of the season again when little costumed kids take to the streets in search of tricks and treats, like my little (and big) guy above who went as a koala bear last year.  Halloween is an exciting time of year for everyone, but it’s important for drivers to pay extra heed to the increased foot traffic.  We are reminding all motorists to drive cautiously at all times but especially this Saturday evening when children will be out en masse. With that in mind, we’ve pulled together some safety tips for drivers this Halloween:

  1. Drive slowly.  Stay well below the posted speed limit and give yourself plenty of time to arrive at your destination so that you are not in a rush that night.
  2. Drive defensively.  This means that you drive with the expectation that a small child may dart out unexpectedly from between parked cars.  Be aware that children are easily excited and lack the capacity to control their impulses; they may wander off sidewalks and may not notice approaching cars while they are costumed.
  3. Be vigilant.  Be conscious of sidewalks and roadways, and of pedestrians and vehicular traffic both behind you and in front of you.  Know the relative position of your vehicle to everything around it and be prepared to come to a sudden stop safely and quickly.
  4. Be extra cautious.  Especially when pulling in or out of parking spots or driveways, and in any situation where your visibility may be limited (for example, while driving behind a large vehicle or truck.)
  5. No distractions.  Put the food away, stop fiddling with the Bluetooth and make sure you’ve programmed your destination into your GPS, tuned into your favourite radio station and adjusted your climate controls before you shift your car into drive.  It should go without saying that your cellphone should stay in your purse or the glove compartment until you are safely parked.

Remember that these tips can and should be followed even after Halloween is over, particularly now that the days are getting shorter and night begins to fall earlier every evening.  Have a happy, spooky and safe Halloween!