Halloween is right around the corner! While this holiday is full of tasty treats and scary surprises, safety still needs to be your top priority on the road. As you gather decorations for your home and pick up candy for the trick-or-treaters, follow these tips to get your car ready for Halloween, too.
Check Your Headlights
Start preparing your car for Halloween by checking its lights. If your headlights are looking dim, try restoring them with a restoration kit. If this doesn’t help, replace the bulbs. Most headlights need to be replaced every four to six years. If you’re interested in upgrading your headlights, replace them with a powerful set of bulbs, like these.
Besides restoring or replacing your headlights, you can install LED lights, such as these, to your car’s exterior. This will improve your visibility and make it easier for trick-or-treaters to see you.
To find the perfect lights for your needs and style, browse through the wide selection of NAPA Lamps light bulbs on our website.
Mirrors, Windows, and Wipers
After checking your lights, it’s time to assess your mirrors, windows, and windshield wipers. Start by angling your mirrors properly to eliminate any blind spots. If your car doesn’t have a rear-view camera, you can install one to give you more visibility when reversing. This can help you catch little ghosts running across the street to the house with the big chocolate bars.
Since winter is on the horizon, Halloween is a good time to change to your winter wipers. Besides, Halloween weather can be almost anything in many parts of Canada, and you want to see any little monsters at night. Check out this article for advice on picking windshield wiper blades. You can find instructions on how to replace them here.
Link to “What Size Wiper Blades Do I Need” [PW1]
If you haven’t done one in a while, October is a great time to do a brake check. Not only will this prepare you for sudden stops on Halloween night, but you’ll also be ready for the upcoming snow, ice, and freezing temperatures of winter, which are tough on all parts of your vehicle.
First, check your at-home stock of these useful tools and products for brake care:
Then follow this guide to do your own brake service.
Driving Tips for Halloween
Most trick-or-treating happens between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Try to avoid driving during this time if you can. If you need to take your car out, stay on high alert.
The most obvious driving safety tips are to not drive under the influence and to not look at your phone or any other device while your car is in motion. These behaviours are both dangerous and illegal.
Watch your speed, especially in residential areas. Trick-or-treaters may not be able to see properly through their costumes, especially if they’re wearing masks, so it’s up to drivers to make sure they’re prepared to stop at any moment. That means cruise slowly, ideally below the speed limit, and be mindful of children darting out into the street. This includes driveways because children may run off the sidewalk and up to a house.
All these tips apply to driving year-round, but on Halloween, take extra precautions to account for more pedestrians patrolling the streets at night.
Let’s all make sure this Halloween is full of fun, safety, and lots of treats. Happy Halloween!