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Drive Safely While Viewing Halloween Decorations

Follow these tips to enjoy the spooky sights without making the road a scarier place

MADISON, Wis., (October 19, 2021) – Decorating for Halloween has become a tradition for many families, and a competition in many communities. Home decorating contests surged in popularity last year as families sought socially distanced ways to celebrate the season, and many towns and villages are organizing them again in 2021.

"A moonlit drive past haunted manors and ghostly graveyards is a great way to get into the spooky spirit," said Nick Jarmusz, director of public affairs for AAA – The Auto Club Group. "But we encourage drivers to avoid risky behaviors that can turn the road itself into a scary place."

AAA recommends following these tips for safely viewing Halloween displays from your car:

  • Buckle Up. Everyone in the vehicle should remain seated and buckled at all times, even when parked on the side of the road.
  • Appoint a navigator. If you need to check a map, take pictures, or do anything that will take your attention off the road, pull over or delegate those tasks to a passenger.
  • Do not stop in traffic. Do not come to a complete stop in a traffic lane. If you encounter someone who has stopped, only pass if it is safe and legal to do so.
  • Slow down and be alert. Even going just a few miles over the speed limit in a residential neighborhood greatly increases the dangers for cyclists and pedestrians sharing the road.
  • Follow the law. Be sure your teen driver is observing GDL restrictions on nighttime driving hours and then number of passengers.
  • Be prepared. Bring appropriate seasonal clothing in the event of a roadside emergency.

"As always, check weather and roadway conditions before your drive," continued Jarmusz. "Also, be mindful of hazards that are more prevalent in autumn such as fog and deer. Even fallen leaves can be dangerous, because they are slippery as ice when wet and hide potholes and other debris that could damage your vehicle."

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