Halloween is a fun time for children and adults alike. From trick-or-treating to parties, Halloween is a busy time in many neighborhoods. However, there are several things that drivers need to keep in mind on Halloween night. At MAIF, we want Maryland drivers to stay safe this Halloween. We have multiple tips for drivers to ensure they drive safely this Halloween in Maryland.
How to Drive Safely This Halloween in Maryland
There are several ways to ensure that you’re a safe driver this Halloween:
Stay at or below the speed limit, especially when you’re in a neighborhood. It’s always a good idea to slow down in a neighborhood even if it isn’t Halloween since kids can play outside or school buses may drop off students while you’re driving.
Look out for children crossing the road before sunset and especially from 5 pm and onward. Many children may not cross in designated crossing zones. Children can also run across the road without checking both ways before crossing, so be constantly aware of pedestrians, even if they are not at crossings.
At Halloween, children can be more focused on trick-or-treating than road safety. Unsupervised children can also cross without being aware of passing cars.
Using your headlights, hazards, and turn signals will also keep other cars and pedestrians aware of where you are on the road. If you’re letting your kids out of your car, turn on your hazard lights, so other drivers stop.
Keep note of when your high beams are on or off, and indicate lane changes with your turn signals. You never know when a car can be approaching, even if you’re in a rural area.
Don’t drink or use your phone when driving. Driving under the influence and using your phone when driving can be some of the top causes of accidents. A large percentage of casualties during Halloween are caused by drunk driving.
Additionally, if you’re driving with other people in your vehicle, don’t get too rowdy or loud, as that can also be a distraction from driving. Keep your eyes on the road and stay alert for pedestrians.
Stay safe this Halloween. If you’re looking for car insurance in Maryland, call MAIF at [new_patient_phone_span]. You can also request an auto insurance quote on our website. Let us know if you have any questions for us, and we can help.