October is upon us and that means one thing. Halloween is around the corner. While the holiday is filled with haunts and scares no one would like an accident. With large groups (most including children) roaming the neighborhoods into the waning sunlit hours, it is important to remember vehicle and pedestrian safety. Here at Peninsula Auto Body, we’ve got a few Halloween Safety Tips for both drivers and trick-or-treaters.
There are many ways people who are out into the evening hours can help drivers detect their presence. Some measures Peninsula Auto Body suggests include:
Staying with a group:
- Being with a group is one of the easiest ways to be detected. It is much easier for a driver to see multiple people crossing a street than an individual. If you’re crossing the street make sure to take the necessary precautions, such as looking both ways and utilizing crosswalks, but also cross together.
Wearing reflectors and clothing or accessories that glow.:
- Wearing reflectors can be simple way to be seen by drivers. Adding reflectors to a candy bag or the back of a costume is a is just one small gesture to help stay safe. By adding clothing that glows, or lights up can assist in pedestrians being detected. Glow sticks, light up shoes, and even flashlights are also all great ways to stay safe.
Drivers can also help to make Halloween safe!
Maintain Car Headlights:
- Making sure your headlights and taillights are in working order will help pedestrians to see your vehicle. They will also provide vision and shine off all the reflectors on candy bags and costumes. Make sure to turn on your lights early as an extra precaution!
- Minimizing distractions is another great way to prevent accidents. Take special note that there will be extra challenges and distractions on the street on a night like Halloween. Minimizing distractions inside the car can help to pay attention to what may be outside.
- Drive with caution and slowly:
Driving slowly may be the most simple way to help keep everyone safe. Even with all the necessary precautions you never know when the brakes will need to be the last line of defense. Drive slow in neighborhoods and in areas where people may be walking just in case a zombie goes rogue and heads for the other side of the road without warning!
These are just a few ways both drivers and pedestrians can practice safety.
With your help we can make the San Francisco Bay area as one of the best areas to trick-or-treat. Whether you’re in a car or walking the street, make sure you’re visible to all around you. Help everyone to enjoy a candy-filled Halloween this year by wearing reflectors and driving slow!