How to Survive Black Friday Traffic

Black Friday is a crazy time to be out and about; the roads and parking lots will be packed with impatient and short-tempered shoppers this year. According to Progressive Insurance, there are 34% more vehicle accidents on Black Friday than usual. And about a third of those collisions happen in a parking lot. If you plan on going out to get a deal on your holiday shopping, you may want to brush up on your parking skills beforehand. We've put together this guide to make sure you get through the day safely!

  1. Be Alert -As a pedestrian and a driver, please stay alert in crowded areas. Even if you think you have the right of way, other drivers may get distracted or be impatient.
  2. Reverse Out of Your Parking Spot Carefully - Leaving your parking spot could be the most critical part of your shopping day, especially if many cars are searching for vacant spots. With a limited field of view, many things can go wrong. To be more cautious, triple-check the path behind you and then back up extra slowly.
  3. Avoid Distractions - Your phone is one of the biggest driving distractions, so it's best to get your phone out of sight as soon as you start your car and enter your GPS. Ask a passenger to assist you if you need to adjust your temperature, volume, or other functions during your drive. Your eyes should be on the road, and your hands should stay put on your wheel.
  4. Choose the Right Spot - There may be no such thing as the wrong gift, but there could be such a thing as the "wrong parking spot." When you do your holiday shopping this year, it's best to park farther from the entrance to decrease your risk of an accident because there will be fewer cars and pedestrians. Also, a pull-through spot can make it easier for you to leave, so you don't have to look over your shoulder to check for traffic. You can just load up your shopping bags and go. 

This time of year is the time to cherish your loved ones, so don't let the stress of holiday shopping get in the way. If your car needs any automotive service, be sure to give Carlsbad Auto Service a call or visit!

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