As if shopping on Black Friday wasn’t dangerous enough, driving on Black Friday can pose a hazard too. It’s late, it’s dark outside, and other drivers are probably tired and excited. Keep these safety tips in mind for keeping yourself and any passengers secure as you make a mad dash for some of the best deals of the year.
Use Map Apps to Plan Your Route
While a lot of smartphones come with a default map app, you can download other GPS apps that allow you to do nifty things like predict traffic in real-time. You should also plan your route in advance by researching the stores you want to hit and formulating a plan to streamline your trip in the most efficient way possible.
Don’t Get Distracted
Keep your hands on the wheel, and maybe turn down the music. Don’t touch that volume dial, and definitely don’t check your smartphone—lots of people will be out and about and you need to pay attention!
Be Cautious in Parking Lots
Whether you’re pulling into a spot or backing up, you need to be careful about parking. Keep an eye out for children. If your vehicle has a rearview camera, use it, but otherwise inch out of your spot slowly and cautiously while being aware of your surroundings. If you don’t want to fight other drivers for close spots, try parking in the back of the lot instead.
Driving on Black Friday can be scary, but if you follow these tips, you should easily hit all your favorite places to shop and get home safe and sound.