The witching hour is almost upon us and as the nights draw in, drivers need to be even more on their guard than ever while on the roads. It can be much harder to see obstacles and objects in the dark so do take care when getting from A to B – especially on and around Halloween.
New research from Churchill Car Insurance has just revealed that road traffic accidents that involve walkers under the age of ten climb by 75 per cent on October 31st, with daylight savings, increased pedestrian numbers and bad light all contributing to this.
On Halloween, the proportion of incidents where a child has been hit by a car that take place between 18:00 and 21:00 climbs from 18 per cent to 47 per cent – so do be vigilant and take care when driving around between these hours.
Head of car insurance Steve Barrett said: “The dangerous combination of a higher number of children on the roads, poor lighting and the clocks going back three days before Halloween, means that drivers need to be extra vigilant this October 31st. Halloween is an exciting time for both children and parents, so we urge everybody to take extra care while trick or treating to avoid any accidents.”
Make sure you use your headlights while driving both during the day and at night on Halloween as children are more likely to see you. Turn your radio down to avoid distracting you and go under the speed limit, particularly in residential areas.
Take extra care when pulling out onto streets or exiting driveways, and try not to overtake other cars that have stopped in the street as they could be picking up or dropping children off.
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