Halloween is just around the corner, and AAA is reminding drivers and trick-or-treaters to celebrate the spooky season with safety top of mind.
Halloween is one of the deadliest days of the year, with children twice as likely to be killed by a car on Halloween night as on any other night of the year.
“It’s really more of a season than an event. Costume parties, trunk-or-treat gatherings, fall festivals, and other activities are all happening between now and Halloween night,” says AAA Idaho public affairs director Matthew Conde. “If we work together, hopefully the only scary situations that we encounter over the next few days are the ones that we’ve planned and are looking forward to.”
Halloween tips for drivers
- Ghost your phone. Wait until you’ve reached your destination to check in.
“Our research shows that when they use a cell phone to text, talk, check email, or take pictures or video, regular people can turn into zombies behind the wheel,” Conde said. “It’s extremely important to ditch the distractions and celebrate responsibly to keep everyone safe.”
- Actively scan the road for costumed characters that could appear at any time.
- Be careful backing up. Most cars have a blind zone, even with a back-up camera.
- Avoid residential neighborhoods if possible, and always drive at safe speeds.
Tips for parents
- Accompany small children and set a time limit for older kids to return. Use a buddy system so that no one walks alone. Remind kids to never enter a home or garage to retrieve candy.
- Wear costumes that allow you to see, be seen, and if necessary, move quickly.
- Cross at the corner rather than zig-zagging across the street.
“Party hosts should be prepared to help guests make it home safely,” Conde said. “Serve plenty of food and non-alcoholic beverage options, and if necessary, arrange for rides home. No one should ever drive while under the influence, and if you’re not sure, please err on the side of caution by making plans that don’t involve getting behind the wheel.”