Halloween is an exciting time in West Michigan for kids and youth alike… elaborate costumes, trick or treating and free candy! But while scary movies and decorations might be a welcome addition this time every year, the terrifying risk of a child being struck by an automobile is one doctors and safety officers say families don’t think about enough. Yet according to recent studies, the risk of kids being hit by a car is higher on Halloween than on any other day of the year. Have fun while staying safe by following these important rules on Halloween safety for parents, kids and drivers.

 

Tips For Parents

  • Light ’em up: Help your child be more visible when it’s dimly lit or dark outside by adding reflective tape to trick or treat bags and costumes, and by giving your child a glow stick or flashlight to use.
  • Never travel alone: The old adage ‘there’s safety in numbers’ could not apply more on Halloween night.  By traveling in groups, it helps increase the odds of your child being seen by a driver in a passing vehicle because a large group of people walking together will stick out faster than a single person walking down the street.
  • Be smart:  Walking in the road when there are available sidewalks or crossing in the middle of the street instead of at the corner of an intersection only increases the risk of being unseen and therefore hit by a vehicle as it drives down the road.  Regardless of age, remind your kids to be smart and use everyday safety measures when they are out for the night.
  • Choose wisely: While it may be tempting to get a larger costume in an attempt to use multiple years, it’s smarter to choose one that fits well and is not loose fitting to avoid getting caught on objects or causing them to trip and fall.  It’s also a good idea when possible, to use face paint instead of having a your child wear a mask that might impede their vision.
  • Know where they are going: For older kids who plan on trick or treating with a group of friends and without an adult, parents should know what their intended path will be, when they will be leaving and returning, and who they what friends they plan on trick or treating with.

 

Tips For Kids

  • Be aware of surroundings: Trick or treating should be fun but that doesn’t mean safe practices should be forgotten. Always be aware of your surrounds including nearby vehicles and strangers. Look both ways and use caution while crossing the road and avoid walking in the road when possible. If sidewalks are not available, be sure to walk on the left side of the road, facing oncoming traffic and as close to the side of the street as possible.
  • Keep an eye out: Make sure wigs, masks and beards do not infringe on being able to see clearly.
  • Stranger danger: Remember to only approach houses with their porch lights on and never enter homes or vehicles that you do not know.

 

Tips For Drivers

  • Use extreme caution: Drive slowly and be prepared to stop at any moment, particularly in neighborhoods where children may be trick or treating. Remember that kids are excited on Halloween and may impulsively dart in between parked vehicles and across the road.
  • Zero distractions: There is never a good time to drive distracted but on Halloween night where so many kids will be on area roadways, there can be none.  Put your cell phone away and stay alert while behind the wheel if you find yourself on the road.
  • Yield the right of way: Remember that pedestrians have the right of way when a vehicle is crossing sidewalks and that although pedestrians are supposed to yield the right of way while crossing outside of a marked or unmarked crosswalk. young, excited children may forget to do so,  Err on the side of caution and stop when necessary to avoid hitting anyone.
  • Communicate with others: Be certain to use your headlights to increase your vehicle’s visibility and always use your turn signals to communicate your intentions to nearby drivers and pedestrians.

 

 

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If you’ve lived in West Michigan long, you have realized that the odds of encountering a deer in the road are extremely high.  In fact, the state of Michigan ranked 9th overall in the USA for the number of vehicle and deer collisions in 2017 with reports averaging that 1 out of 85 drivers will need to file an insurance claim related to hitting one.  So how do you avoid becoming one of the statistics this fall in the greater Grand Rapids area and steer clear of hitting a deer?  Follow these safety tips for deer and driving in West Michigan.

 

What You Need To Know

  • Be aware of high-risk deer areas: It’s possible to find deer in urban areas but they’re found most often in rural surroundings. Be alert on the countryside roads we encounter in Wayland, Caledonia and Hastings, paying particular attention to where Deer Crossing warning signs have been placed.
  • Be aware of high-risk deer times: While you may encounter deer at any time of the year, understand that Fall is an especially busy time for deer to be moving.  This is in part due to the deer rut or mating season which creates males following female deer throughout the terrain.  Also, it’s important to note that most deer accidents take place between 5 pm-midnight & 5 am-8 am.  Use particular caution while driving at these times, scanning the side of the road often.
  • Be aware of the danger: Deer crashes are not only inconvenient, costly and scary, they can also be fatal.  Recognize that deer and car collisions result in hundreds of deaths each year and billions of dollars in damage annually, meaning it’s important for drivers to do what they can do to avoid hitting one.

 

What You Need To Do

  • Use your seatbelt: Seatbelts are one of the easiest ways to reduce the severity of most accidents and car/deer crashes are no exception. Be sure to use your safety belt every time you get in your vehicle.
  • Slow down: Reducing your speed in highly dense deer areas is one of the most effective ways to avoid hitting one. Driving conservatively not only allows you more time to stop your vehicle if necessary but can reduce the amount of damage done to your vehicle should you collide.
  • Give yourself space: Tailgating has been determined as a contributing factor in over 1/3 of all accidents that occur. While it may not help you avoid hitting a deer directly, adding a safe distance between yourself and the vehicle in front of you, allows you time to react should they need to brake for one. Additionally, following too closely behind a vehicle that strikes a deer increases the odds of the deer flying over their vehicle and striking yours.
  • Watch for glowing eyes: Most animals eyes reflect light and deer are no different.  Look for the telltale sign of wildlife on the side of the road by scanning for their glow as you drive.
  • Use high beams: Using your high beams while driving in the dark when it doesn’t interfere with other driver’s vision offers you a longer range of visibility and when every second counts, that could be the difference between avoiding a deer and hitting one.
  • Watch for more: Deer are pack animals and typically travel in groups. Be alert even if a deer ahead has crossed safely to the other side. Chances are, there are more to follow.
  • Use the center lane when available: Although 90% of deer/car accidents happen on two-lane roads, they can also happen on the highway.  When possible, use the center lane of the highway to allow more room between a deer on the side of the road and your moving vehicle. That room could make all the difference between an accident and driving on safely.
  • Brake firmly, don’t swerve: If you do encounter a deer in the road, it’s important to remember NOT to swerve.  Doing so could cause you to lose control of your vehicle and strike another vehicle on the road or a tree on the side of the road.  Instead, brake firmly and calmly to avoid or lessen the impact.

 

 

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The 11th National Teen Driver Safety Week begins this week and focuses its attention on reminding parents to talk to their young drivers of the additional steps needed to prevent accidents.  Too often, these young drivers inexperience lead to poor decisions and actions behind the wheel, leaving them more susceptible to being involved in an accident, some of them fatal.  Today, we’re discussing not only the problems and challenges are youth face behind the wheel of an automobile but what we can all do to better equip them for successfully gaining the experience they need.

 

How Big Is The Problem?

  • Currently, automobile accidents are the leading cause of death for teens from 15 years old to 18 years old in the US.
  • On average, 9 teens ages 16-19 are killed every day of the year.
  • 47% of teens killed in a car accident were not wearing their seat belt.
  • 6 out of 10 teen crashes involve distracted driving including engaging with other passengers, using a cell phone, searching for something in the vehicle, looking for something outside the vehicle, singing or dancing to music, grooming themselves and reaching for something.
  • 16 year olds are higher crash rates than any other age group with 1 in 5 of them getting in an accident in their first year of driving.
  • 50% of all teens will be involved in at least auto accident before they graduate.
  • More than 40% of those accidents will occur between the hours of 9pm and 6am.
  • The Risk of a teen being involved in a crash increases with every mile per hour over the speed limit they travel.
  • 25% fatal of accidents with a teen driver involves the use of alcohol.

 

The Solution

  • Buckle up – Seatbelts are one of the easiest ways to increase your odds of reducing injuries and surviving a crash no matter what your age. A shocking 45% of fatalities are avoided by using one as a driver or as a passenger and 50% of serious injuries are avoided while doing the same. Remind your teen to always buckle up behind the wheel of the vehicle and while they are a passenger every single time with no exceptions.  Additional data suggests that teens who have parents that model good seat belt behavior are 50% more likely to buckle up as well on their own, so parents keep wearing your seat belt if you want them to also wear one.
  • Lock up the phone – Removing the phone as an element in the vehicle will reduce the odds of it becoming a distraction to the driver.  While many suggest that teens should power off their phones while behind the wheel, we recommend locking it in the glove box, trunk or back seat in a bag instead so that any app that’s been installed on the phone to monitor the teens driving behavior can still collect data such as phone use, location, speed, rapid stops and rapid accelerations.  This data can help a parent better monitor how their young driver is behaving while they are alone on the roads and give a better indication of risky or troublesome behavior exhibited by the teen.
  • Reduce the passengers – While it may be tempting to allow your teen to drive friends or younger siblings to school or other events, the truth is that even one additional teenager in the vehicle increases their odds of being involved in an accident by 48% and shockingly by 307% with three teens in the vehicle.  Consider safety over convenience when sending your young driver off with the car keys and reduce their risks by simply saying no to more kids in the vehicle.  Rather than letting your teen think you’re just being mean, be sure to emphasize to them that regardless if they see them in that light, other teens in the vehicle are a dangerous distraction.

 

5 Rules Of The Road To Avoid Distractions

  • No cell phone used while driving.
  • No extra passengers.
  • No speeding.
  • No alcohol or driving under the influence and no riding with others who are.
  • No driving or riding as a passenger without wearing a seatbelt every single time they get in a vehicle.

 

 

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