October has arrived and with it comes pumpkins, cider, cooler weather, and of course, Halloween. The combination of cold temperatures, slick roads, and the Halloween holiday mean that car and driving safety is of the utmost importance—especially on October 31, when parents and their little monsters, ghosts, and goblins will be trick-or-treating or driving to get-togethers. Check out these tips to get your car ready for the season and prepare you for Halloween road conditions.
If you suspect your brakes are due for replacement or are unsure if they will withstand the season’s driving conditions, bring your car in for a check up right away. Brakes are critical to your safety and will wear out over time, so don’t risk driving with unsafe brakes.
With precipitation going up, so will your usage of your windshield wipers. Make sure to install a new pair and replenish your windshield fluid so that you will be ready for the rainy autumn days.
Headlights, Brake Lights, and Turn Signals
You’ve probably noticed that it’s getting darker earlier in the evenings. Operational headlights, brake lights, and turn signals are vital to ensure your safety as well as the safety of those driving around you. These will be particularly important on the night of October 31, when you may be driving around hundreds of people.
Children and their parents will be out and about on October 31, so be very aware of your surroundings and local speed limits. Drive at least 5 MPH below the speed limit in case nearby children dart into the street.
Don’t pass cars that appear to have stopped on the street in front of you, since they could be stopped to let trick-or-treaters or pedestrians pass in front of them. If it’s dark, you may not see these people. It’s safer to wait.
Yield to Pedestrians
Adults may be aware of crosswalks and rules of the road, but children probably won’t be. Keep this in mind and yield to pedestrians who are out enjoying the holiday.
Put your phone in the trunk and keep your music at a low level. This will ensure you don’t get distracted, and will also allow you to hear any important noises outside your car that could alert you to nearby people.
If any of these tips have you wondering if your vehicle is ready for the autumn season or Halloween holiday, bring it to Rolf’s for a complete check up. Rolf’s provides the service and care you deserve and will get your vehicle ready for all the spooky adventures ahead.