Tips for Safe Driving on Halloween

Giving yourself a clear view of the road is crucial to ensuring your safety and that of everyone else on the road. Safe driving during Halloween is especially important because of how many people, including young children, tend to be out and about in the evening.

We’ve got some tips to not only improve your road vision, but also make your vehicle more visible to pedestrians and other drivers, reducing the chances of an accident.

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Before Halloween

Leading up to Halloween, you can prep your car to maximize safety on the special night. Since we can’t always predict the weather, making the following adjustments will ensure you’re ready for whatever Halloween night brings. Even if you don’t plan to drive on Halloween, this maintenance routine is a great way to improve your visibility at any time of the year.

Headlight Restoration

Bright headlights can help you drive safely this Halloween. If your headlights look hazy or dim, try restoring them. If this doesn’t resolve the issue or if your bulbs are over two years old, you may need to replace them. You can choose from a wide selection of bulbs to find your perfect blend of safety and style.

Sylvania LED Headlights

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Headlight Restoration Kit

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Windshield Wiper Check

Windshield wiper blades need to be replaced every 6 to 12 months. You can select blades based on the season, as certain types are designed to handle specific weather conditions. Check your windshield washer fluid as well, and top it up as needed.

NAPA Exact Fit Wiper Blades

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Trico Ice Wiper Blades

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Windshield Screen Prep

Rain repellent (a.k.a. hydrophobic applicant) stops rain, snow, and sleet from settling on your windshield and obscuring your view. Some rain repellents offer basic protection, but if you do some research, you’ll find others that can reduce the likelihood of shatters and scratches as well.

Rain-X - Original Glass Treatment

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Technology Upgrades

To really boost your visibility so you can drive safely this Halloween (or any other time!), you can invest in some gadgets. Back-up cameras, parking sensors, and blind spot cameras can enhance your perception of what’s around you when you’re in your vehicle. Many new vehicles come with these technologies, but if you have an older car, you can purchase them on the aftermarket. Talk to your local NAPA dealer for more information.

Backup Camera

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Parking Sensor

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On Halloween Night

Whether you’re transporting trick-or-treaters or have plans of your own, follow these driving tips to make sure everyone stays safe:

  • Drive slowly in residential areas, even if the streets look empty.
  • Be aware of trick-or-treaters potentially running into the street.
  • Always yield to pedestrians.
  • Choose clear, safe spots if you need to pull over, and use your hazard lights when letting passengers out by a curb.
  • If there’s fog, turn on your headlights or fog lights (don’t turn on your high beams).

No matter what day of the year it is, you should never drive under the influence or use your cellphone while driving. Unfortunately, the likelihood of fatal motor accidents increases on Halloween night. Don’t add to this statistic. Drive safely this Halloween and only get behind the wheel if you’re completely focused and clear-headed.

Tips for Trick-or-Treaters

While drivers need to be aware of the extra hazards present on Halloween, it’s also important for pedestrians to keep their own safety top of mind. If you know some trick-or-treaters planning to hit the streets this year, pass along these tips to help keep them safe:

  • Children under 12 should be accompanied by an adult.
  • Trick-or-treaters should walk between houses, not run.
  • Flashlights, glow sticks, and reflective materials can help drivers spot trick-or-treaters.
  • Trick-or-treaters should try to finish their route before it’s completely dark outside. (Of course, depending on how far north they live, this might be difficult.)

If you have any questions about improving your visibility on the road, stop by your local NAPA Auto Parts store to speak with an expert.

Happy Halloween!

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