Thursday, September 29, 2016

Keep Your Kids Safe This Halloween

Halloween always brings with it the festivities of dressing up, carving pumpkins, and trick or treating.  Kids are usually more interested in running from house to house, instead of paying attention to traffic.  In addition, costumes may impair the wearers vision.  Here are some ways to keep your kids safe as you all head out for some fun.

For the new driver:
  • Eliminate Impaired Driving.  No texting, no talking on the phone, no drinking.  Also don't drive if you are particularly tired or emotional. This really is a standard for everyone, not just a new driver.
  • Limit Teen Night Driving. Your teen probably hasn't had a whole lot of experience driving at night, particularly with many so pedestrians who may or may not be watching for traffic. Be prepared to set some limits.  This keeps your teen safe as well as any trick or treaters.
  • Pedestrian Safety.  With all of the trick or treaters that will be out, it is important to remember that pedestrians have the right of way.  Watch for kids and adults who may run out in the road as they hurry to that next house.
  • Set an Example.  Your kids really are watching and following what you do.  Set a good example.  Don't text, talk or the phone, or speed through neighborhoods.

For both the experienced driver and the new driver:
  • Drive Slow. You never know when a child will dart out onto the road.
  • Don't Pass Stopped Cars.  A stopped vehicle may be letting kids out.  
  • Watch for Kids Darting out Between Parked Cars.
  • Slow Down when Backing out of Your Driver.  Be aware of what is behind you, and what people are around as you back out.  
  • Always give kids, parents and all pedestrians the right of way.
Be safe and enjoy your Halloween this year!

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