In recent years it has been more and more common to see fireworks being launched not just on November 5th, but throughout October and November. This new "fireworks season" can be a source of distraction and danger on the roads for drivers and pedestrians alike.
Bonfire night is a busy time for the emergency services, so it’s important to stay safe wherever you are and make sure you're not contributing to an already stressful evening.
Here are some top tips for motorists to make sure everyone is safe this bonfire night and beyond.
1. Don’t get distracted by fireworks
It’s completely natural to be slightly distracted by pretty explosions - but if you are driving keep your eyes on the road, especially if you are close to a place where fireworks are being displayed.
2. Look out for animals and children
There will be lots of children out and about on bonfire night, so be extra vigilant and observant when driving near residential areas as well as event sites. In particular, many animals are spooked by fireworks and may bolt – including across the road in front of you.
3. Walk if you can
If you live close to the location of a firework display, why not take a stroll and enjoy the crisp autumn air? It may prove to be faster and less stressful than getting caught up in traffic on the way to the event.
4. Make yourself visible
If you do decide to walk, don’t wear dark colours – make sure you and your family can be easily seen by motorists and by people at the event you are attending.
5. Park carefully
When driving to an event, make sure to park considerately so that people can get past, particularly in case of an emergency. Double parking and parking obstructively should be avoided.
Mark Bower-Dyke, chairman of Be Wiser Insurance, comments: “Bonfire night is fun for all the family but it’s important to consider these safety tips before heading out to a display. As fireworks are often set off in the weeks leading up to bonfire night, motorists should be extra careful throughout the last few months of the year.”