​Happy Halloween, D.C! Here are a few tips for safe driving as kids, both big and small, get ready to trick o’ treat, courtesy of our friends at AAA Mid-Atlantic.

  • Slow down in residential neighborhoods and obey all traffic signs and signals. Drive at least 5 mph below the posted speed limit to give yourself extra time to react to children who may dart into the street.
  • Look for children crossing the street. They may not be paying attention to traffic and may cross the street mid-block or between parked cars.
  • Carefully enter and exit driveways and alleys.
  • Turn your headlights on to make yourself more visible – even in the daylight.
  • Broaden your scanning by looking for children left and right into yards and on front porches.

As always, be wary of drunk drivers. Although most revelers already got their partying out of the way last weekend—or plan to participate in bar crawls such as the Clarendon Halloween Pub Crawl this upcoming weekend—but there will always be a few knuckleheads out there. Nearly 40 percent of fatal crashes on Halloween night involve a drunk driver, AAA Mid-Atlantic said.

This evening, the little one will dress like an ‘80s aerobics instructor. The house furball, dressed as Chewbacca (it’s not a stretch), will faithfully defend the house against tykes and their parents. Enjoy the evening!