Driving Tips for Last Minute Shoppers

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Christmas is only a couple days away! Shopping for last minute gifts and organizing holiday gatherings with family and friends can be stressful. Not only do drivers have to deal with stress, but also an increase in traffic, which leads to a greater risk for car accidents. Buying gifts to make loved ones smile should be a joyful time, but last minute shopping can be overwhelming. In order to prevent an unnecessary car accident, follow these helpful tips while out driving to different stores for the perfect gift.

  • Know that there will be increased traffic due to fellow last minute shoppers, so allow extra time to get to your destination.
  • Focus your attention on the road and avoid unnecessary distractions such as your cell phone.
  • Don’t run red lights and follow the posted speed limit signs.
  • Don’t drive too closely to the car in front of you.
  • Avoid reckless maneuvers like weaving in and out of traffic.

Each driver is only in control of his/her own emotions while driving, so how should you react if you come across a reckless driver rushing to finish their Christmas shopping?

  • Wear your seat belt at all times and make sure that all of your passengers are wearing their seat belts.
  • Safely get out of the way of the other driver.
  • Avoid engaging the driver with eye contact or gestures that may cause further frustration.
  • Ignore any gestures the other driver may make.
  • Stay composed and continue to follow the rules of the road.

Stress from last minute holiday shopping can cause frustration, which may increase the amount of careless drivers on the road. In order to stay safe this holiday season remember to keep your emotions in check on the road, and don’t let other drivers affect you. Instead of letting your stress come out in your driving, think about the smiles on your family’s faces as they receive your thoughtful gifts. No one wants to deal with the car accident injuries or the hassle of car damage over the holidays, so keep the above tips in mind as you finish your shopping and have a safe holiday season.

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