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Car Care Tips for Safe Halloween Driving

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With Halloween fast approaching, the Car Care Council reminds motorists to drive slowly, especially through neighborhoods, to be extra careful when entering or exiting driveways or alleyways, and to make sure their vehicle’s brakes, lights and wipers are working properly.

“Motorists can help keep young pedestrians safe on Halloween by reminding children of basic safety regulations, taking extra precautions when driving through neighborhoods, and inspecting vehicle safety items, like brakes, ” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “With daylight savings time on the horizon, October is also an ideal time to check vehicles suns and wipers to ensure maximum visibility.”

A dirty windshield may seem spooky but does not help to see infants traversing the street. If the weather turns, cracked or torn wipers will also pose a problem to visibility. Check that all your illuminates are working for maximum performance and visibility on Halloween. This year the end of daylight saving time is after Halloween and that means children will likely be trick-or-treating at nightfall when the sky is still bright, yet objects on the road can merge with darkness and fade into darkness.

A vehicle’s brake system is the most critical safety item on a vehicle, but brakes wear off and eventually need replacement. Several factors that affect brake wear include driving habits, operating conditions, vehicle type and the high quality of its brake lining material. Never put off routine brake inspections or any needed mends, such as letting the brakes get to the “metal-to-metal” point, which can be potentially dangerous and lead to most expensive repairs.

“Parents should remind their little ghosts and goblins to get out of cars on the curb side , not the street side, to stop at all corners and to utilize crosswalks, ” continued White. “Children should look left, right and left again before crossing, stays on sidewalks, avoid intersecting through yards, and wear bright, reflective and flame-retardant clothing.”

The Car Care Council is the source of information for the “Be Car Care Aware” consumer education campaign promoting the benefits of regular vehicle care, maintenance and mend to customers. For the latest car care news, visit the council’s online media room at http :// media.carcare.org. To order a free transcript of the popular Car Care Guide, visit the council’s consumer education website at www.carcare.org.

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