Avoiding Accidents on Black Friday

Personal LinesAfter eating turkey, pumpkin pie and showing thanks with family, many people will venture out to stores and malls to wait in line for Black Friday deals. Black Friday is a family tradition for many Americans and one of the biggest shopping days of the year. Unfortunately, auto-related accidents increase by 34 percent on Black Friday, most occurring in parking lots. Follow these tips to decrease the likelihood of being in an accident on Black Friday:

  • Avoid parking in spots next to cars that are parked at an angle.
  • Stay away from spaces at the end of an aisle to avoid being hit by turning vehicles.
  • Park as far away from store entrances as possible. It isn’t as congested in those areas and you’re less likely to get a ding or scratch on your vehicle from car doors or shopping carts.
  • Use your eyes, mirrors and passengers to look around when pulling into or backing out of a parking spot. This will help avoid running into pedestrians, speeding cars, or other vehicles backing out of spots.
  • Keep your headlights on, even during the day. This will make you more visible to other drivers and reduce your crash risk.
  • Use crosswalks at all times, even if this means going out of your way.
  • Pay attention to reverse lights and stop when you see them, the driver may not be able to see you.

It’s easy to overlook the dangers of parking lots during the holiday rush. Always wear a seat belt; it’s your best safety defense against injury. In the event you do get into a car accident, your insurance policy can help cover the repair costs. To learn more, contact a trusted AssuredPartners NL agent at 844-507-2528.

Source:  PropertyCasualty360

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