Trick or treat! Eight tips for Halloween Safety

THORNHILL ON, Oct. 31, 2016 /CNW/ - It's the time for pumpkins, candy and costumes, and CAA South Central Ontario (CAA SCO) is reminding parents and motorists to practice patience, to ensure a safe and enjoyable Halloween for everyone.  

CAA SCO recommends four tips motorists can follow this Halloween.

1.

Don't use a cell phone while driving. Turn off your cellphone and put it away.

2.

Drive below the speed limit in residential areas, and be extra alert behind the wheel.  

3.

If you are dropping or picking up a group of children, turn on your hazard lights while they exit from the car to alert other drivers.

4.

Be extra vigilant while backing your car out of its parking space.

Parents can ensure children have a safe night of trick-or-treating with these tips:

1.

Pick bright colours for Halloween costumes, or use reflective tape around the outfit to improve visibility to drivers.

2.

Costumes should fit well and not drag on the ground, as they can pose a tripping hazard.

3.

Replace your child's mask with makeup to make sure that they have a clear view of their surroundings.

4.

Remind children to follow street crossing rules. Always look both ways before walking across the street.

"In the excitement of Halloween, children sometimes forget to watch for cars. For this reason it's essential that parents and guardians accompany their children, or if they are old enough, make sure they are with a group of responsible friends," said Jeff LeMoine, Communications Consultant, CAA SCO. "Motorists should also avoid all distractions behind the wheel to help keep everyone safe," he added. 

For more tips on Halloween safety, visit http://blog.caasco.com/community/heres-how-you-can-have-a-safer-halloween-night/.

For over a hundred years, CAA has been helping Canadians stay mobile, safe and protected. CAA South Central Ontario is one of nine auto clubs across Canada providing roadside assistance, travel, insurance services and member savings for our 2 million members.

SOURCE CAA South Central Ontario

For further information: Media contact: Jeff LeMoine, Communications Consultant, CAA SCO jlem@caasco.ca, Office: (905) 771-4709, Cell: (416) 254-0641 or Tony Tsai, Director of Corporate Communications, CAA SCO, ttsa@caasco.ca, Office: (905) 771-3000, Cell: (416) 254-2653.

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