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Driving Safety Tips During Holiday Shopping

When holiday shopping it’s important to plan ahead. With the rise of Covid cases, many stores are anticipating less in-store shopping and more online shopping. In anticipation of this and to decrease the number of bodies in-store on one specific day, many stores have opted to spread out their Black Friday sales by having weekly and in some cases, daily sales. While this has lessened the chances of huge crowds gathering in-store on the Nationally known “Black Friday”, the potential of many shoppers gathering in-store is still a factor. If you plan to do your holiday shopping in-store, be sure to do so in a safe manner. We’ve gathered some helpful tips for you to assist with this.

Stay Safe on The Road During the Holidays: Plan Ahead

Make sure to plan for heavier traffic. Make sure you have a secondary route to and from your destination. You also want to check out the weather for that day. Take the weather into consideration when planning when you will be traveling to make your holiday purchases. With more drivers on the road, certain weather conditions such as rain may cause delays in your travel. Plan to leave your house early to avoid being in a rush or having to be out and about while it is dark out as much as possible.

Check Your Car To Avoid Accident or Breakdown

Before hitting the road, always be sure to make sure your vehicle is good to go. You never want to have to stop in the middle of your shopping trip to have to maintain your vehicle. Some things to be sure to check are engine oil, other fluids in your car, air pressure in your tires, tire wear, the battery, and of course, you always want to make sure that all of your lights are working. You don’t ever want to be left stranded with all of your newly purchased gifts loaded in your vehicle.

Avoid Distractions to Prevent Car Accidents 

If you are unsure of how to get to where you are going, set your GPS prior to leaving your house. Minimize phone use by making sure your phone is synced up to your vehicle’s Bluetooth prior to leaving your home as well. Make sure to get plenty of rest the night before your shopping trip as fatigue causes distraction and irritation. Always make sure to stop to eat as well because we all know being “hangry” is a real thing and can be very distracting. 

Pack Essentials For Your Shopping As Well As In the case of An Accident

With all the different changes in 2020, your essentials to pack for your shopping trip will have changed as well. Your list of items probably only consisted of things like: 

  • clothing
  • snacks
  • hand sanitizer
  • face masks
  • shields (extra masks/shields for your children)
  • anti-bacterial wipes
  • sanitizing wipes

Parking Lots Can Be Dangerous 

Remember that malls and shopping center parking lots are prime targets for car theft, and robberies. Always park in a spot where there is plenty of light and if possible, park close to your destination. Avoid parking next to vans, trucks with camper shells, or cars with really tinted windows. Take note of where you parked and what store entrance it is closest to if parking at a mall or shopping center. Always double-check that all of your windows are closed and doors are locked. If you are making multiple stops at different stores, make sure to store your shopping bags in the trunk, or utilize your cargo cover.

About Herrman & Herrman P.L.L.C: Personal Injury Law Firm

We serve all of South Texas, with offices in Corpus Christi, San Antonio, McAllen, and Brownsville. With over 100 years of combined experience, our attorneys have successfully resolved over 20,000 cases involving car, truck, and motorcycle accidents, as well as injuries caused by faulty products, slip and falls, and workplace accidents. If you or a loved one is ever injured by another driver while traveling during the holidays be sure to contact us at 361-882-4357 or via our website at   htps://www.herrmanandherrman.com/contact-us/ for your free consultation.

 

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