Here’s a tip from our Little Rock, Arkansas auto accident attorneys: The sheer volume of people who plan to tackle their holiday shopping almost as soon as they wrap up Thanksgiving turkey dinner means that drivers should take extra care on the roads this weekend.
And it’s not just driving on Black Friday that can be treacherous. Maneuvering through crowded parking lots at shopping malls or seasonal attractions also can be a serious holiday-cheer buzz-kill.
So here are four things that Arkansas drivers can do to avoid car accident trouble on Black Friday and throughout the busy winter holiday season.
- Strategize your driving route. Determine which roads you’ll drive even before you leave home. When you know streets will be busy, attempt to stay close to home or take quieter, “scenic” routes.
- Use in-car navigation. Whether it’s a map app or a personal navigation device, today’s technology can help you avoid congestion, closed roads and other traffic problems that can lead to accidents.
- Just Say No to driving distractions. At least one media outlet reports that 80 percent of today’s auto accidents are caused by common driving distractions such as texting behind the wheel or talking on your cell phone. Consider storing your phone out-of-site while you’re driving to avoid the temptation of checking it while en route.
- Take extra care in parking lots. It costs you nothing to show extra patience and consideration to other drivers within these cramped, crowded, traffic microcosms. Keep in mind that parking lots can be especially dangerous because drivers are pulling in and out of spots, and kids and pedestrians are all around your vehicle.
If the worst happens and you are involved in an auto accident in or near Little Rock, Arkansas, please contact the Law Offices of Alan LeVar online today or call (888) 220-7068 for a free car accident case consultation.