Halloween is a time of year for fun games, exciting costumes and (of course) excessive candy. For that reason, it’s important for both trick-or-treaters and motorists to stay alert and stay safe throughout the night this Halloween. The last thing any driver wants is to cause an accident. Let the pros at MBS Insurance Brokers Ltd, your auto and home insurance experts in Edmonton, show how you can stay alert and ensure the safety of all the kids running around your street this Halloween.
- Slow down: as is the case with any environment that includes small children running around the street, this is the most effective way to reduce the risk of accidents when you go out this Halloween.
- No cellphones: you’ve probably heard this 1,000 times by now but it’s worth repeating: you should never drive while talking or texting on your cellphone.
- Pay attention: with all the excitement in the air, you never know when someone might come darting in front of your car to get to the next house on the block. Be sure to keep your head on a swivel and keep an eye out for pedestrians that will be littered across every residential road in your area.
- Be alert when backing up: be sure to look behind you before you even begin to move the car. With visibility already impaired, it’s important to keep your eyes on the road behind you at all times when backing up.
- Communicate with other drivers: this may not seem so important, but communication between drivers can go a long way. When at stop signs, or when passing another vehicle, be sure to gesture or even talk through your open window to make sure that the coast is clear for you to pass.
For everyone else
- Pick the right costume: make sure your child is visible to oncoming motorists. It’s also important for the costume to be warm and well-fitting (to avoid tripping in the street).
- Stay with your children when trick-or-treating: keep an eye out and make sure they are safe.
- Teach children to be careful when crossing the street: if you’re a driver, it’s important to watch the road, as a pedestrian it’s just as important to watch the cars. You never know when one might run a stop sign or quickly turn the corner.
- Be careful with candy: always check your child’s candy before they eat it.
Make this year’s Halloween spooky, safe and memorable. For more information regarding your auto and home insurance, contact us here. Or visit our website and find out how to get the best rate possible.