Tips for safe driving on Halloween

October 27, 2011 12:00 AM

Halloween is just a few days away, which means the streets will be filled with kids in costumes and drivers should take extra precaution on this spooky holiday. The American Academy of Pediatrics reports that there are four times as many vehicular-pedestrian accident-related deaths of children between the ages of five and 15 on Halloween than on average.

The best way to play it safe this Halloween is to avoid driving, but if you run out of treats and you don't know any tricks, you may find yourself needing to zip to the store for more candy. When you go out, you should try to drive slowly through neighborhoods where kids are trick-or-treating as you never know when a ghoul or a zombie will jump out into the road.

If you see a costumed child, do not assume that they can see you as well. Not every costume affords the wearer perfect visibility and they might not see you.

Check brakes before the holiday to make sure that you can stop on a dime if necessary. While you're at it you can consider getting regular car maintenance and an oil change, which should be done before winter arrives anyway. 

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