People young and old love Halloween, but while it might be popular, this festive holiday can pose some problems for drivers. With so many motorists and pedestrians heading out for fun, everyone must take steps to stay safe on the roads, and that includes practicing safe driving habits and remaining aware of your surroundings.
"On Halloween, drivers need to be especially vigilant between the hours of 4 p.m. and midnight, when pedestrians are most vulnerable," said Sharon Gilmartin, a research analyst for AAA. "While trick-or-treating, children may not pay attention to traffic and might cross mid-block or between parked cars, making them even more difficult to see in the dark."
Not only do families and other drivers have to watch out for trick-or-treaters, but people who head out to more mature parties also need to be prepared to handle the difficulties of the road.
"Halloween has become an increasingly popular occasion for adults to host and attend parties where alcohol is frequently served," Gilmartin continued. "By designating a sober driver, or by choosing not to drink if driving, this holiday can remain a treat for everyone."
All motorists can be safe by designating a sober driver, sticking to main roads instead of neighborhoods or residential areas, and driving slowly. Pedestrians should travel in groups so they are easier to spot and wear bright colors or reflective gear, which makes them more visible to motorists.
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