Trick or Treat, everyone! Halloween is this month. If you’re reading this in early October, you’re probably looking at the costume your child wants (some weird combo of princess/zombie/Minecraft character) and hearing yourself say, “I can make that for half the cost.” (That way madness lies, I know, but let’s admit we all delude ourselves sometimes.)
I’m in costume-and-candy buying mode, myself, I wouldn’t be Honda Mama if I didn’t take this opportunity to think about car safety for the holiday. Here at Herb Chambers Honda of Seekonk, we want to help ensure that everyone’s trick-or-treating experience is fun and SAFE.
Here are our top 3 tips for Halloween driving safety:
- Use your signals. Just because you’re not on a highway doesn’t mean you should forget your turn signals. They will help the trick-or-treaters understand where you are going and where they should go. When you are parked, using your hazard lights is always a good idea.
- Be attentive. Neighborhoods are swarming with children on Halloween, and last time I looked, my suburban street doesn’t have a crosswalk, so kids can cross the street at any place they choose. Don’t assume that a child can see you. You remember Halloween, right? Hopped up on sugar, hanging with your buddies, all of you wearing masks and costumes which usually made it difficult to walk and/or see clearly? ‘Nuff said. Look out for the kids, OK?
- Put away the phone, and remember, do NOT text and drive! We all know the statistics about how distracting phones and texting can be when you’re behind the wheel. Halloween is distracting enough with all the little ghoulies and goblins running around. Keep your phone in your pocket in case of emergency of course, but leave it alone while you’re driving.
On Halloween, we at Herb Chambers Honda of Seekonk want all trick-or-treaters, young and old, to have a fun and safe experience, so please, be cautious. To learn more car safety tips as well as what you can do as a trick-or-treater (or leading a large, loud band of your own trick-or-treaters) to help ensure a safe experience for all, visit www.safekids.org.
Now go work on that costume! Have a Happy Halloween!
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