Know Before You Go: Preparing for Successful (and Safe) Trick-or-Treating


With Halloween less than a week away, we know that people throughout Polk County are preparing for the fun of trick-or-treating. Adults and children alike enjoy the evening of dressing up, visiting with neighbors and friends, and collecting plenty of candy. It seems like preparing for the night would be simple. After all, once you have your costume put together, and your candy bucket is ready to go, all that's left is grabbing a flashlight and hitting the streets, right?

Actually, there are a few more things you can do to make this Halloween a little safer for you, and for the there fun-goers you'll encounter throughout the evening. Employ these tips to make this holiday fun AND safe:

  • Check on your car lights. Headlights, signal lights, brake lights, etc. are all very important when driving at night, and are especially vital with driving around lots of pedestrians like those found on the streets during Halloween. Make sure you are seen long before you approach groups of people crossing the streets.
  • Give your kids glow-sticks. These aren't just a fun accessory for your little ghosts and goblins. Glow-sticks provide a fun way to keep your kids visible to other drivers, and are easier for them to manage than a large, bulky flashlight. Glow sticks can even be formed into bracelets, necklaces, etc. so they are completely hands-free!
  • Take along a simple first aid kit. Skinned knees happen (those costumes can trip you up you know!) and when they do, being prepared with some ointment and a bandaid will make the evening much better for all involved. Having a simple first aid kit in your bag as a parent or caretaker ensures that you are ready for what comes your way.
  • Keep your cell phone charged! Having a fully-charged phone with you isn't just great for picture opportunities. It's also important for any emergencies that can arise. You'll be able to get help faster if your phone is ready to go.

We hope this will help you feel more prepared and secure as you head out for trick-or-treat fun this year. If your signal lights are giving you trouble, or if your car needs a tune-up to avoid scary breakdowns on the big night, we are ready for you. Adkins Automotive is proud to serve the greater Winter Haven area with personal, quality automotive service. Call us to make an appointment or stop by our shop.

Happy Halloween from Adkins Automotive!


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