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10 Tips for Drivers for a Safe Halloween

Drivers need to do their part to keep trick-or-treaters safe from harm. Dayton Children’s, FedEx and Safe Kids Greater Dayton reminds motorists to be extra careful this Halloween and recommends that drivers:

  1. Be especially alert in residential neighborhoods.
  2. Drive more slowly and anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic on and near the road.
  3. Be sure to drive with your full headlights on so you can spot children from greater distances.
  4. Take extra time to actively look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs.
  5. Remember that costumes can limit children’s visibility and they may not be able to see your vehicle.
  6. Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.
  7. Remember that children are excited on this night and may move in unpredictable ways.
  8. Remember that popular trick-or-treat hours are during the typical rush-hour period; between 5:30-9:30pm.
  9. Reduce any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and pedestrians.
  10. Triple check all blind spots because kids will most likely not be paying good attention to you.

Visit Dayton Children’s or Safe Kids USA for more Halloween safety tips!

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