Halloween Safety: On & Off the Road
On & Off the Road
Phoenix Capital Group knows that Halloween is a fun time of the year that every child looks forward to.
As a parent it is important to go with your gut.
As a truck driver, it is important pay extra attention to the road and drive safe.
Halloween 2016 will be the best yet!
On the road:
1. Driving at night already requires an alert driver that pays extra attention to the road. Although the roads are empty, there are more drowsy and reckless drivers than there are during the day. As a truck driver, it’s important you pay close attention to cars around you. You can also prepare yourself for the dark road ahead by getting enough sleep before you begin driving, have a solid meal and be sure your lights are on and functioning properly. Night driving on an empty road is still dangerous, so be cautious.
2. As you’re driving, keep your eyes out for children and teenagers on Halloween night. Whether they are trick or treating and stray away from the safe sidewalk or have lost their parents; children are able to wander onto the busy streets easily. If you’re driving out in the middle of nowhere, be cautious of teenagers and young adults. Halloween is a spooky night where young adults enjoy exploring abandoned land, you never know who may jump out of a bush. Be aware of your surroundings and prepare to hit the brakes with little notice.
3. Are you a superstitious truck driver? If you look up ghost stories from fellow truck drivers, you will read some spooky things! Whether you believe in hauntings or not, there are always freaky people in this world out to prank strangers, especially on Halloween. Be very aware of ghosts and freaky strangers trying to give an innocent bystander a scary encounter. Here’s a scary story from Trucker Report:
“Last week, I had just left Gallup, NM and was driving west on I-40 near Holbrook, AZ when I heard a KNOCK, KNOCK, KNOCK, two times, on the side of my sleeper. It was very loud and distinct…like ONE, TWO, THREE, and then it repeated once more shortly after that. I had the radio off and was alone in the rig. Honestly, I thought ‘KEEP DRIVING!’ was the best thing to do. When I got to Holbrook, I stopped for a break but was too freaked to get out and go look. The next day, I walked around the cab and was looking at the catwalk.
There is no way a human being could have been hiding back there, at 3 a.m., in 10 degree freezing winter weather, going 70 mph, without anyone noticing.
I LOGGED THIS ONE AS UNEXPLAINED!”
Off the road:
1. Stay with your children Halloween night. In this day and age it is wise to never let your young children wander the streets alone on Halloween night. It’s wise to walk with your children as they trick or treat so you know they are safe. Many families have started a new Halloween tradition called “trunk or treat”. This event is hosted by a local church, community center or school. Dozens of cars park in the host’s parking lot, open up their trunks and pass out candy. It’s a fun and safe Halloween tailgate party!
2. If you decide to let your children trick or treat by themselves this year, don’t let them wander too far. No matter your children’s age or size, you never know what could happen on this spooky night. The horror of having a child kidnapped or bullied by another child would break any parent’s heart.
3. This Halloween, don’t be so trusting of taking candy from strangers. October 31st has always been the exception to the childhood rule ‘never take candy from a stranger’. It also seems that the news headline on November 1st is “drugs found in candy that was taken from a stranger”. Advice to any cautious parent is to stay in your own neighborhood or at an event that you trust. We recommend you go with your gut. If someone or something doesn’t’ feel right then throw away the candy. Last, inspect the candy before you allow any little one to take a bite. Click here for more information about Halloween safety.