Don’t Let Black Friday Make You Blue

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

It’s that seasonal day that occurs every year, bringing savings and bargains so humongous, people travel for miles to buy, buy, buy. It’s Black Friday. Black Friday comes with bargains and excitement. But it has an ominous side as well.

All those crowded malls and parking lots afford huge opportunities for fender benders, flaring tempers, and worse. Theft increases during these busy times, so it pays to be cautious. Lock your packages safely in the trunk rather than leaving them out in view on the car seat.

If you’re out among the shoppers on Black Friday, follow a few safe tips. Find a parking spot at the mall that is well lit and gives good access into the stores. It’s also a good idea to shop with a friend or spouse, rather than alone. Try to avoid parking spots on the end of a lane, as this makes your vehicle more susceptible to scrapes and bumps of passing drivers who may be in a big hurry.

Before you even leave the house, make sure you know for sure that your auto insurance is current. If you’re not sure, contact your local independent insurance agent and find out. Also, check to be sure you have your current proof of insurance in your wallet or glove box of your car.

Generally, be on the lookout for suspicious-looking characters and keep a grip on your purse and packages. We would rather not think about such things around the holiday season, but the fact is that more thefts occur on Black Fridaythan any other day.

As the classic adage goes, ‘better safe than sorry’ when it comes to being prepared for that calendar event huge savings. After all, the idea is to save money, not come away with less than you started out with. Be safe by thinking ahead and make smart decisions so your holiday shopping can get off to a fun and lucrative start.

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