Halloween is a fun holiday for children who love getting candy and for parents who enjoy taking their children out for trick-or-treating. Many adults also enjoy attending Halloween costume parties and other events held over the weekend and on Halloween night. Because of all the festivities, there will be in an increase in traffic, and more pedestrians will be on the road too.
Halloween falls on a Monday this year, but many people and communities will likely celebrate the holiday over the weekend. If you are among the many who intend to participate in Halloween activities, or just find yourself driving on Halloween night, following some tips can help you avoid a car accident.
Most trick-or-treaters head out to collect free sweets when the sun goes down. From dusk until about two hours after sunset, trick-or-treating activities tend to be at their peak. Be careful and watch out for walking trick-or-treaters.
In Delaware, the sun sets at about 6:00 p.m. on Halloween night. The setting sun can cause a blinding glare that makes it nearly impossible to see where you are going. Traffic also can be very busy at 6:00 p.m., which adds to the driving dangers on Halloween night. You can drive more safely by using the visors on your vehicle to block the low-lying sun as its sets. You also could wear a hat with a wide brim and use sunglasses.
After the sun has gone down, many drivers fail to adjust to driving in the dark. You should slow down, and use your bright and dim headlights when appropriate so that you can see better while driving.
You always should obey posted speed limits, traffic lights, and traffic signs to ensure the best possible level of safety. Speeding is a significant factor in fatal accidents. Slowing down and following other vehicles at a safe distance can help you avoid an accident.
Driving at a safe speed also makes it easier to stop or avoid hitting a pedestrian who might suddenly dart into the road. You should scan the sidewalks and crosswalks as you are driving so that you see any pedestrians.
Many trick-or-treating events take place during the first two hours after sunset, so keep in mind that the foot traffic should lighten up around 8:00 p.m.
It is impossible to drive safely at any time when your vehicle is not up to the task. You should ensure that your vehicle is in good running condition and has working brakes, tires, and lights.
Maintaining your vehicle can help you make sure the tires have plenty of tread for good traction and the brakes are working properly to ensure quick stops. You also need to ensure all of the lights are working so that you have good visibility at night and other people can see your vehicle.
You should also check the wiper blades and replace them if they are worn. Topping off the windshield fluid will help you keep the windshield clear as well.
Your best efforts to drive safely on Halloween might not be enough to prevent an accident. If so, you can contact one of our experienced Millsboro car accident lawyers at Jacobs & Crumplar, P.A. Complete our online form or call us 302-656-5445 to schedule a free consultation. Located in Wilmington and Millsboro, Delaware, we serve clients in Dover, New Castle County, and Sussex County.