Black Friday Distractions Beyond Just the Sales

Posted by Pekin Insurance on Nov 23, 2016

The danger doesn’t lie just inside the stores on Black Friday. It is on the roads as well, as individuals race from one store to another trying to grab the deals that have been broadcast for weeks.

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Each year Black Friday sales begin earlier and earlier. Individuals give up spending time with friends and family around the dinner table to stand in line for Black Friday deals. While it is sad that a shopping holiday has taken over a holiday that is meant to celebrate thankfulness for those around you, it has only grown bigger over the years. Black Friday is also another time for distracted driving to occur and seriously injure shoppers, especially when drivers have been out shopping for many hours into the early morning.

 

Of course, shoppers show up at many different points the night before and the day of Black Friday, but large groups tend to appear in three main times. Although the times vary each year, the night owls tend to head out to the stores immediately after Thanksgiving dinner, the early birds arrive around 5:00 a.m., and the later shoppers sleep in and show up around 9:00 a.m.

 

The packed stores, angry customers, standstill traffic, and more are enough to irritate many individuals. Even if the person in front of you took the last 60-inch TV, when you sulk back to your car, don’t let it become a distraction to your driving.

 

On Black Friday, individuals aren’t going to be as inclined to use sidewalks or crosswalks as they try to make it into stores quickly. You need to be aware that in parking lots, someone could walk out at any minute from in between cars and you need to be watching. Even if you are circling the parking lot waiting for a family member or friend to come out, unless you are at a complete stop, you should not be texting with them.

 

The danger doesn’t lie just inside the stores on Black Friday. It is on the roads as well, as individuals race from one store to another trying to grab the deals that have been broadcast for weeks.

 

Refrain from eating your 2:00 a.m. breakfast and third cup of coffee in the car by taking a break from shopping to sit down and enjoy the food. Drive on full alert during this shopping holiday so you don’t end up spending money on an accident rather than items you really want. 

 

To stay away from the crazy traffic on the roads, my advice is to wait for Cyber Monday. No lines, no crowds, no pushing, and no chance of distracted driving coming into play. You can still get really good deals from the safety of your home, even while your cat warms your lap. It’s a win-win for everyone. However, we are a society of wanting items now and waiting for an item to be shipped to us seems like it’ll take forever, but it is safer than having to fight the crowds in stores and on the roads.

 

Focus to the Finish is a campaign put on by Pekin Insurance to educate drivers about the dangers of distracted driving. The danger extends beyond just texting and driving to the distractions holidays bring.

 

  

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