Safe Driving Tips for Black Friday

Posted on Wednesday, November 21, 2018

With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, people from across the nation are preparing to travel home to celebrate the holiday with their family and loved ones. After everyone has enjoyed their delicious Thanksgiving feast, people usually shop the huge Black Friday sales in preparation for Christmas. According to the Washington Post, about 70% of American adults shopped some of the biggest sales during Black Friday weekend last year.

According to a 2015 survey, Black Friday accidents increased by 34%. This survey saw that 31% of claims on Black Friday were when backing out or parking-related, more than any other claim type filed on that day

Here on tips on how to stay safe during your Black Friday shopping:

1. Get a designated driver, a cab or professional to drive you if you plan on consuming alcohol the night before.

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2. Avoid spaces beside cars parked at an angle. You may even consider steering clear of parking at the end of an aisle given the additional exposure from vehicles turning.

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3. Park farther from store entrances, where it's generally less crowded, to prevent dings and scratches from car doors or shopping carts.

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4. Use your eyes and mirrors—and ask your passengers to look around, too—to make sure your path is clear before you pull or back out of a parking space. This way, it's easier to avoid cars that are speeding, cutting across the lot or pulling out of parking spaces.

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5. Avoid backing out of parking spots. If your vehicle has large blind spots, it can make it difficult to see pedestrians or other vehicles, and this can be an even bigger problem with crowded parking lots due to holiday shopping. So, if possible, try backing into a parking spot rather than pulling in.


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6. Avoid distractions and take your time while driving. Turn your cell phone off or put it on silent, don’t play your music as loud as usual, and try not to look at sales ads, such as billboards, while driving. Make sure to take your time while driving to avoid speeding.


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Keep these tips in mind when navigating the busy roads this holiday season. Provost Umphrey wishes you and your family a happy and safe Thanksgiving.


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