AAA offers driving tips for Halloween

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TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - Maybe you're heading out to take the kids to a trick-or-treating neighborhood, running errands or heading to work. If you're driving tonight, AAA has some helpful tips to keep you and the little ghosts and goblins safe:

For Drivers:

- 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.

- Watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs. In dark costumes, they’ll be harder to see at night.

- Look for children crossing the street. They may not be paying attention to traffic and cross the street mid-block or between parked cars.

- Carefully enter and exit driveways and alleys.

- Turn on your headlights to make yourself more visible – even in the daylight.

- Broaden your scanning by looking for children left and right into yards and front porches.

For Trick-or-Treaters:

- Be bright at night – wear retro-reflective tape on costumes and treat buckets to improve visibility to motorists and others.

- Wear disguises that don’t obstruct vision, and avoid facemasks. Instead, use nontoxic face paint. Also, watch the length of billowy costumes to help avoid tripping.

- Ensure any props are flexible and blunt-tipped to avoid injury from tripping or horseplay.

- Carry a flashlight containing fresh batteries, and place it facedown in the treat bucket to free up one hand. Never shine it into the eyes of oncoming drivers.

- Stay on sidewalks and avoid walking in streets if possible.

- If there are no sidewalks, walk on the left side of the road, facing traffic.

- Look both ways and listen for traffic before crossing the street.

- Cross streets only at the corner, and never cross between parked vehicles or mid-block.

- Trick-or-treat in a group if someone older cannot go with you.

- Tell your parents where you are going.