Driving Safely This Halloween

Halloween can pose unique challenges for drivers, especially those travelling in more densely populated areas. Whether it’s contending with increased levels of pedestrian traffic or resisting the urge to rubber neck costumes and decorations, there’s a lot to deal with. Here’s a few things to watch out for if your driving this Halloween…

Drive Slowly And Be Vigilant: Halloween is probably one of the few nights in the year in which particularly young children will be roaming the streets. With all of the excitement of the holiday and sugar from sweets, it’s entirely possible that they’ll forget commonsense and run out into the road; most of them, after all, won’t be used to being out in the dark. Driving slowly and anticipating the unexpected can save lives.

Don’t Allow Yourself To Become Distracted: Halloween can be particularly distracting for drivers, causing them to lose focus and concentration. Whether it’s increasingly intricate costumes or elaborate displays of pumpkins and other macabre decorations, promise yourself that you won’t ‘rubberneck’ whilst driving on Halloween; no matter how tempted you may be.

Protect Your Car From Pranks: Whilst most trick or treaters will simply be looking for innocent fun and festivity, there are always those who are just looking to be a nuisance. If you’re concerned about your car being pranked or damaged, consider putting it inside your garage or on a driveway. Ensure that your driveway is well-lit as to discourage vandals.

Remove Any Valuables From Your Car: Halloween is the perfect cover for criminals and car thieves. Why? Because people are more prepared to rationalise why people might be lurking around houses and driveways. Don’t put your car at risk. Ensure that you remove any valuables such as sat navs, dash cams and money you may have left lying around.

Reduce Any Risk Of Reprisals: As infuriating as it can be, some trick or treaters fully expect you to take part in the festivities and expect hand outs (whether it’s sweets or money). Some, if turned away, feel the need to damage private property whether it’ll be houses themselves or cars. Cars are ideal targets in this case and trick or treaters are able to walk around them without attracting much attention. Throwing eggs or scratching cars are common ‘tricks’ used. If you know you live in an area with a lot of trick or treaters, especially older ones, either make it appear that you’re not in as much as possible or stock up on sweets to hand out.

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