Halloween conjures up images of all kinds of fun things: candy, costumes, smiles on kids’ faces, and all of the festivities surrounding the holiday. While it brings tremendous amounts of joy to children and adults alike, it is also important to take the proper safety measures to ensure that the holiday remains fun. Take a look at the following few trick or treat safety tips:
Plan a Route
Whether you are going with your child or sending them off on their own, it’s helpful to have a route planned out in advance to avoid any confusion.
Follow the Light
Make sure your child knows to stay in well-lit areas where people can see them.
Wear Comfortable Shoes
While some kids walk and trick or treat, others like to run from house to house to gather as much candy as possible. Make sure children are in comfortable shoes that won’t cause them to trip or injure themselves.
Check the Candy
At the end of the night, check the candy before your child consumes anything. Throw away candy that has been unwrapped or looks suspicious in any way.
Above all else, have fun. Your child only gets a limited amount of Halloween nights where they can trick or treat, so let them enjoy the evening to the fullest. You can even live vicariously through them.
Staying prepared is key to avoiding catastrophe and is one of the major reasons you should always have a roadside emergency kit. Aside from the standard supplies like a spare tire kit and jumper cables, you should always keep extra supplies to help you in any circumstance.
According to the DMV, you should carry a first aid kit at all times. This should be stocked with things like gauze and bandages, medical tape, antibiotic ointment, over-the-counter painkillers, vinyl gloves, tweezers, scissors, and cotton balls.
You should also consider taking some basic tools. This includes a Phillips head screwdriver, a flat head screwdriver, adjustable pliers, needle-nose pliers, and a roll or two of duct tape. You should be able to slow, if not stop, minor leaks or other issues with this basic tool kit.
Spare fluids are vital for any emergency kit. Water is great for drinking and as a spare coolant. You should also have a spare quart of oil, transmission fluid, and brake fluid as well. If you are travelling somewhere especially cold, consider bringing antifreeze/coolant as opposed to just water.
Other supplies include the following: work gloves, blankets, flashlights, flares, and a pocketknife. Tire sealing kits such as Fix-a-Flat are also great in a pinch, though they are not designed for long term repairs. These are just some of the basic supplies to pack. Be sure to resupply every few months, and feel free to substitute materials based on your specific needs.
Honda has launched an ad campaign that warns against the dangers of texting and driving —but instead of simply admonishing drivers who do it, the automaker went about the issue in a new, creative way.
The campaign launched with a series of short videos called #PhoneDownEyesUp that put the viewer in the shoes of someone attempting to text and do something else at the same time. The situations include cutting someone’s hair, gardening, vacuuming, or making pancakes.
Honda points out that studies have shown that “98% of people can’t multitask,” the underlying message being that even doing minor chores and tasks is difficult when focusing on the phone—so when it comes to a dangerous activity like driving, people really ought to be focusing on just that.
There are plenty of ways to measure how safe a car is. The sheer amount of safety features in some cars is staggering, while others seem to be lacking. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety conducts safety tests on top models every year. Year after year, Honda performs particularly well, proving safety is a top priority on the road.
This year, four Honda vehicles made the Top Safety Pick+ list, the highest safety rating given by the IIHS. Testing areas include small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraints and seats.
In the mid-size car segment, both the two-door and four-door Honda Accord held strong, earning top marks in every category, including front crash prevention. Available with the Honda Sensing Package and Collision Mitigation Braking System, the Accord is a top model in its segment for another year.
In the small car category, the Honda Civic pulled the same scores as its older sibling. As for family vehicles, the Honda CR-V crossover earned the top rating as well.
Although it wasn’t a Top Safety Pick+, we can’t forget the Honda Odyssey minivan, which fell just short of the top score. Coming in with a Top Safety Pick rating, the Odyssey earned top scores in all but front crash prevention.
Honda safety technology is the best in the industry. In fact, the automaker has built an unshakeable reputation for producing some of the safest vehicles on the road.
Look at the Honda Sensing suite, for instance. Composed of technologies like Lane Keeping Assist, Road Departure Mitigation, Collision Mitigation Braking system among others, this suite is designed to sense the important things you might miss and even to take actions to mitigate an accident.
Honda is often recognized by the automotive community for its prowess in safety. Just recently, the 2016 Honda HR-V just received a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from NHTSA. The new HR-V boasts safety features like SmartVent Front Side Airbags, Honda LaneWatch (on certain trims) and Motion-Adaptive Electric Power Steering.
Think back to when you first started driving. Remember how engaging it was? Remember how, at least for a short while, it seemed to take all of your energy and focus?
Driving still takes energy and focus, whether we think it does or not. The statistics regarding distracted driving prove this fact. Every day, nine Americans lose their lives because someone lost focus and gave over to some distraction like talking or texting on a cell phone.
Cell phones in particular create a lot of risk. The Huffington Post explains that one out of four automobile crashes involve a cell phone. It’s particularly a problem for young people. People aged 21 through 24 are “most likely to send a text or email message while driving.”
In the end, it’s all about personal judgment when it comes to the risks of distracted driving. Legal penalties can only go so far to deter distracted driving. Try thinking back when you first started to drive. Remember how fun it was? How you were content to just…drive?