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8 Safe Halloween Driving Tips

Halloween is one of the funnest days of the year for children (and one of lawyer Darlene Russell's favourite times of year), but it can also be dangerous, as the risk of vehicle-pedestrian accidents increases. Costumes can impair vision and mobility, and they walk around after dark later in the evening than usual.

Help protect trick-or-treaters from injuries this Halloween by adhering to these basic safety tips:

1. Be extra cautious on the roads between 4 pm and 10 pm, when the majority of children are on the roads

2. Drive slowly, especially in residential areas

3. Don’t pass vehicles and take extra caution when driving past parked cars

4. Avoid distractions such as loud music, eating or using a mobile phone while driving

5. Yield to pedestrians (unless it impedes the flow of traffic, which can be more dangerous)

6. Scan the sides of the road for children who may dart into the street

7. When pulling over to drop off or pick up any children, turn on your hazard lights to give additional warning to other drivers

8. Always have a designated driver or take a taxi home from a party where guests are consuming alcohol, even if it’s only a drink or two