In the Car
- Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30-9:30 p.m., so be especially alert for kids during these hours. Turn on your headlights earlier in the day to help spot children from a greater distance.
- A mobile phone can be a useful tool to keep in touch with your young spooks, but don’t use it or any other electronic device while driving.
- Pay extra attention, particularly to crosswalks, intersections and the side of the road. Kids tend to walk along the curbs, cutting across the street to get to other homes. Keep scanning all around you as you drive, whether you’re driving or following along with your children. Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.
- Stay below the speed limit in residential areas during trick-or-treating hours. This will allow you time to brake if you see a child dart in front of you. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
- Don’t pass other vehicles that have stopped in the roadway; they could be dropping off children. This is more common in rural areas, but it can happen anywhere.
- If you are dropping off or picking up children, pull off the road into a safe spot and turn on your hazard lights. If you go with your kids from door to door, leave the hazard lights on.