Drive Slow, Stay Spooky: Avoiding Car Accidents this Halloween
All kinds of ghouls and goblins come out during Halloween. As a driver, it’s your responsibility to make sure they get home safe. At Richardson Richardson Boudreaux, PLLC, we’ve compiled some safety tips to make sure your Halloween stays as safe as it is spooky.
#1: Celebrate with Boos! Avoid Booze
If you celebrate Halloween with alcohol, designate a driver or use a rideshare service. Yes to “Boos!” No to booze. Never drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
#2: Don’t Drive Like a Zombie
Be attentive when you drive. Don’t zone out while using your mobile phone and do try to eliminate other distractions.
#3: Be Afraid of the Dark
Keep your headlights on, even during the day. This will help you keep an eye out for trick-or-treaters and allow pedestrians to see you.
#4: Drive Six Feet (MPH) Under (the Speed Limit)
Whenever you drive in residential areas, slow down! AAA recommends driving at least 5 mph below the posted speed limit to increase your reaction time.
#5: Watch Out for Things that Go Bump in the Night!
On Halloween, it’s important to check twice in places where you normally wouldn’t. Watch for children on roadways, medians, and curbs. Expand your scanning into yards and front porches, and always expect the unexpected when it comes to children crossing the street. Remember, dark costumes may make it harder for you to see pedestrians at night!
#6: Beware of Dark Alleys
Look twice before entering or exiting a driveway or alleyway. Even if the coast seems clear, drive slowly when pulling into or out of residences, businesses, or dimly lit streets.
#7: Give Us a Sign
When you are driving, make sure to obey all traffic signs and signals. Also, be sure to signal yourself. If you are turning, use a turn signal to communicate with pedestrians or other drivers. If you need to stop, use your hazard lights. Most importantly, if you see another car with flashing lights, they are probably dropping off or picking up their trick-or-treaters. Do not try to pass stopped vehicles on Halloween.
#8: Call for Help
If you notice a drunk driver or an impaired pedestrian, call local law enforcement for assistance.
Have a Spook-tacular Night!
If you follow all these safety tips, you should have a fun and safe Halloween holiday. If anything goes wrong, our team at Richardson Richardson Boudreaux, PLLC is here to help.
In the event of an October 31st accident, call us at (918) 347-6456 or come on in for a free consultation.