The Arizona Department of Transportation has a few tips for motorists tonight.
Drivers are advised to plan for extra travel time this afternoon during what is often a scary commute due to heavier-than-usual traffic on Halloween.
When Halloween falls on a weekday, many commuters change their regular routine, fleeing toward local freeways at nearly the same time in order to get home for trick-or-treating and Halloween parties. The result can be a fiendish commute.
ADOT recommends the following for surviving a mummy’s curse of a Halloween drive home:
- If possible, try to get an earlier start to your destination in order to avoid the scariest traffic conditions. Freeway traffic tends to build between 4-6 p.m., what has come to be known as the “witching hour.”
- Remember to be patient and recognize that it may take longer to get home during this particular commute. Take your time.
- Don’t let down your guard when you’re nearing home. Remember: Disney princesses, Minecraft characters and too-cool-to-be-costumed teenagers could be crossing streets in your neighborhood and might not be paying attention.