Halloween Safety Tips for Drivers, Parents & Kids

Halloween Safety Tips for Parents & Kids:

  • Make sure your kids are dressed in reflective gear, give them a few glow sticks or flash lights; if nothing else attach some reflective tape to their costume
  • Teach them not to dart across the road, cross only at the corners and look left & right (always look left first); better yet, go with them and use the opportunity to teach them about how to be a safe pedestrian
  • Remind them not to rely on their ears alone; they must look as well; many new vehicles are very quiet (especially hybrids)
  • Walk facing traffic, especially if there is no sidewalk
  • Consider a community centre for younger children vs. trick or treating
  • Paint or decorate your pumpkin rather than cutting it to avoid having children use sharp objects.

Tips for Drivers:

  • Put away your phone and other distractions
  • Do you really have to be driving? If not, then don’t.
  • Drive slowly, always signal, avoid passing stopped vehicles (may be stopping to let children out)
  • Keep in mind children wearing costumes may not be able to see properly.
  • Check behind your vehicle before reversing and honk before reversing out of a driveway (preferably you reverse into a driveway so you don’t need to reverse out)
  • Plan an alternate route around residential areas, if possible
  • Leave lots of extra time. If you’re late, don’t stress. Better late than never.
  • Have a safe and happy Halloween.

Read Halloween Safety Tips from BC Children’s Hospital

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Carmen became a driving instructor at the age of 22 in North Vancouver, Canada and is an experienced writer, blogger, photographer, artist, philosopher, certified day dreamer and generally complicated human.

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