Are your little ghouls and goblins ready for Halloween night? It’s a pretty exciting time of year – between costumes, candy, and scouting the best houses for trick-or-treating, it’s easy to lose track of things and forget about pedestrian safety rules. That’s where you come in, and where we can help! Our Orlando Toyota dealership has tons of pedestrian safety tips to help ensure you and your trick-or-treaters stay safe this Halloween. Let’s get started!
Check out our top six tips for trick-or-treating safety
Tip #1: Make adult supervision part of the deal – any kids under 12 shouldn’t be running around without an adult to supervise them and remind them of safety rules. Besides, this way you can sneak candy out of their bags while you walk before all the good stuff is gone!
Tip #2: Plan your route ahead of time, and choose a neighborhood that’s well-lit with sidewalks (and maybe gives out the BIG candy bars). Here at Toyota of Orlando we recommend you avoid picking neighborhoods where you’ll have to walk on the side of the road or on the shoulder; it’s hard for drivers to see you in the dark, and the sidewalk is a safer area to travel when collecting candy.
Tip #3: Remind kids to always look when crossing the street, use crosswalks to get to the other side (rather than jaywalking), and that they should always stop before crossing driveways to avoid being struck by cars pulling out. Another Orlando Toyota pedestrian safety tip – don’t let kids cross the street from between parked cars, as the cars can block their view of the road and approaching traffic.
Tip #4: Think about your kids’ costumes before you get to making them. Light-colored clothing is better because it’s reflective of light, which makes it easier for drivers to see them. You might also put reflective tape on their costumes and candy bags to help. Additionally, try not to let them use masks if you can, choosing face paint instead. Masks can obstruct their field of vision! Finally, it’s always a solid idea to have kids carry flashlights or glow sticks to make themselves more visible.
Have a happy and safe Halloween with Toyota of Orlando’s pedestrian safety tips!
Tip #5: If you’re the parent wrangling all the little witches and werewolves, remember to stay at attention. You shouldn’t be glued to your cell phone or wearing headphones when crossing streets or walking in the road ever – basic tenent of Orlando Toyota pedestrian safety – but especially when trick-or-treating, when you should be keeping your ears and eyes peeled for oncoming cars.
Tip #6: Check candy before you start parceling it out. It may seem like overkill, but better safe than sorry. Don’t let kids eat when you’re on the trick-or-treat trail until you’ve had a chance to inspect their candy with a flashlight, and save the rest for when you get home and can do a thorough inspection.
Want more trick-or-treating safety tips from Toyota of Orlando? Call us today, or swing in and see us! We’re just off I-4 near the Millenia Mall at 3575 Vineland Road!