Every October, the internet is flooded with Halloween safety tips for drivers. While these tidbits provide valuable information, they can be difficult to remember.
That’s why our team at Paulsen Law Group created this acrostic poem and mnemonic device to help you stay safe. All you have to remember is DRIVE SAFE!
Driveways and alleys require extra caution on Halloween. Be sure to enter and exit them carefully.
Rideshare. Use a ridesharing service like Uber and Lyft if you drink on Halloween. NEVER drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Illuminate potential hazards by keeping your headlights on, even during the day. This will not only help you watch for children, but it will help pedestrians spot your vehicle
Volunteer information to local authorities. If you suspect someone of driving or walking under the influence, call it in! This keeps everyone safe.
Expect the unexpected. Children may cross the street in between parked cars and may not be paying attention to traffic. A child could run in front of your car at any moment.
Slow down! Drive at least 5 miles below the speed limit to give yourself extra reaction time.
Always watch for children. They may be difficult to see because of dark costumes, but many will walk directly on roadways so be on the lookout. Keep an eye out for pedestrians on medians and curbs as well.
Forget about your iPhone and refrain from using handheld devices while you are driving.
Expand your scanning. Look for children in yards and front porches and make sure to look left and right as frequently as you can to spot pedestrians before they cross the street in front of you.
Are You Ready to DRIVE SAFE?
By remembering just a few words, you can prevent Halloween from becoming an actual nightmare. Unfortunately, not everyone will abide by our advice. In case of a Halloween emergency, call 9-1-1, and be sure to let our attorney deal with any aftermath.
If you get hurt on Halloween, revisit this blog to give us a call at (727) 270-8260 or request a free consultation. We can’t control other people, but we can help ensure they pay for their wrongdoings.