Sharing the Roadway with Kids on Halloween

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Halloween is coming up and many parents are thinking about what costume they should get for their kids. There will be parties, trick or treating, and the infamous checking of the candy but parents often forget another safety concern on Halloween, driving. Halloween is often a motorist’s nightmare because pedestrians are everywhere and not only pedestrians, but also monsters, angry birds, the undead, and their parents. Comedy Driving has composed a list of safety tips for motorists and pedestrians for this ghoulish holiday.

Motorists should be extra attentive on Halloween and practicing defensive driving skills will be very important because the holiday presents the same awe inspiring looks that come from driving by Holiday Lights in winter but there are people all over the road as well. If a driver wants to stop and see a Haunted House they should pull over to the side of the road and activate their parking lights, thus notifying other drivers of their intentions and allowing them to go around.
    When driving through neighborhoods drivers should drive slowly, even under the speed limit if necessary, because children may be hard to see. Kids may act unpredictable because of the holiday excitement and dart across the street from house to house so drivers need to be observant and cautious. Drivers should look around them before proceeding in any direction even on minor tasks like backing out of a driveway.
    Looking both ways is important to both drivers and the pedestrians on the roadway. Drivers should be scanning for people entering the roadway and vehicles on the roadway. Vision may be blocked due to decorations or parked vehicles. So check twice before proceeding. Children should do the same but they should not assume that the approaching vehicle would give them the right of way.
    In Texas, pedestrians only have the right of way on sidewalks and crosswalks, so when kids cross at none designated points they do not have the right of way. Many motorists give the children the right of way, especially on Halloween, but the laws do not change with the holidays. Kids should do their best to stay off the roadway and walk on the sidewalks or grass if no sidewalk is provided. If children must walk in the roadway they should do their best to be visible.
    Halloween is about being sneaky and scary but a car beats a goblin every-time. Trick or treaters should add something to their costume to be noticeable in the dark. Kids can opt to wear neon glowing necklaces and wristbands to be more noticeable. Reflectors can be helpful too or if parents want to stick completely to the Halloween theme blinking pumpkin pins can be useful or kids can carry a lighted plastic bag or pumpkin.
    These tips provided by Comedy Driving at can help kids and motorists ensure a safe roadway on Halloween.

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