The prospect of driving and parking on Black Friday is daunting, but it doesn’t have to be impossible. Just follow these tips and you can remove this particular source of stress from an already stressful day.
The best way to keep from making dangerous decisions on Black Friday is to plan everything in advance. You’ll already be keyed up and wanting to get the best deals as soon as possible—if you don’t know where you want to go next or where to get those deals, you might end up driving recklessly. Plus, everyone else is going to be the exact same way—don’t contribute to the danger.
Once you’ve planned your route, download helpful map apps like Waze with real-time traffic updates so you know where roads will be most backed up and you can try to find an alternate route. You’ll get to your destination faster and with lower chance of collision.
Coffee, coffee, coffee. If you’re going to be up all night and then getting behind the wheel, you have to keep yourself awake. Make sure you stop to eat, too!
When it comes to parking, don’t fight for a spot near the front. Park far enough away that you aren’t in a heavy foot traffic spot—this not only makes you less likely to hit someone when you pull out but also means you can leave more quickly and easily than the folks near the entrance.
Black Friday parking and driving is easy when you’re prepared and watchful. Stay safe!