Black Friday 2017 is just around the corner! It’s almost time to head out into all the madness and get yourself some wicked deals! But before you do, we’d like to offer a few safe driving tips for Black Friday 2017.
Black Friday 2017 – Stay Safe, Calm, and Most of All, Stay Strong!
1) Leave Early
Accept that it will take you longer than you think to get to wherever it is you’re going, shopping or otherwise, on Black Friday. Expect delays and traffic everywhere, especially on roads leading to major shopping centers and malls. It’s best to give yourself ample time to get to where you’re going. It’s better to leave early to ensure you’re not rushing and driving safely.
2) Bring Snacks for the Road
Malls flooded with people also means roads flooded with drivers. This could mean that you’ll not only be stuck in multiple traffic jams, but you could be in traffic for what feels like forever. There is no end in sight and no way of telling when you will get stuck in a traffic jam, or for how long.
It could happen when hunger strikes which could lead to “hanger”. This is a real thing! It happens to the best of us. So, while you cannot control traffic or all the crazy shoppers on Black Friday, you can control your hunger. Stock up on snacks for the car to keep yourself and your shopping companions happy instead of hangry. Your fellow shoppers and motorists will thank you.
3) Stay Focused and Stay Calm
Concentrating on driving is crucial to staying safe on Black Friday. Everyone is trying to get the best deal, but staying focused on the road in order to get to that deal is far more important. Standard best practices apply and don’t forget to put your phones away. It is also important to be on high alert for other drivers who may be distracted or who may be making hasty decisions in the name of awesome deals. No hot toy or cheap gadget is worth your safety or the safety of others.
Stay calm and don’t let frustration or anger get the best of you when on the road this Black Friday. Road rage is common during the high-stress holiday season, but you have control over how you react in any situation. Rather than allowing the hulk to appear behind the wheel, stay calm and drive on.
You can also check out these 10 Driving Quotes to Keep your Calm While Driving. Of course, we suggest reading this before you get into the car. No texting and driving, folks.
Save yourself a little bit of trouble by setting your GPS with either single or multiple stops, depending on your Black Friday 2017 shopping plans, prior to leaving your house. Not only will this ensure that your eyes are always on the road, but it’ll help you stay out of high traffic zones and to maintain or change your plans accordingly.
4) Use an App to Keep Track of Your Car
Sometimes when you park your car and see the mass of people rushing to the doors of the recently opened Wal-Mart, Target, or Best Buy, you pay less attention to where you parked and more attention to joining the masses. This is an especially common and frustrating occurrence on Black Friday. And of course it will happen when your hands are filled with those awesome purchases you just saved a pile on. What a buzz kill!
Avoid this by using a Find My Car app. It’ll save you time and your sanity. There’s a ton out there, but here is a quick list of the Top 5 Best App for Locating your Car.
5) Better Yet, Don’t Drive at All…Shop Online
With the online shopping marketplace growing each year, you can find tons of great Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals, without leaving your house. Save money and time by avoiding all that traffic and those endless lines. The easiest safe driving tip is to just avoid driving altogether!
You‘ll be able to sit back, relax and click to buy! Black Friday 2.0, right?
You can find anything online it seems. For instance, if you are in the market for automotive accessories, like custom seat covers, but still want to take advantage of a Black Friday 2017 sale and avoid all the craziness out there. You’ll be happy to know that you can place your order online without ever entering a store. But that’s just one example. Head to Google and search almost anything! No doubt there will be a great online deal.
If you do decide to venture out there though, at least you have these Black Friday safe driving tips to keep you in check.
But above all, don’t take things too seriously. If you need a pick-me-up check out these Funny Driving Memes. They’ll make you laugh!
Safe driving and shopping everyone!