Dealing With Holiday Driving Stress

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There are so many things to be thankful for that we spend this season being thankful for: friends, family, and the many memories you all to make. But one thing that is for certain is that millions of Americans will be out getting their last minute Christmas shopping wrapped up.

This procrastination brings on crazy traffic, and parking can be nothing short of a nightmare. If you are one of the millions of procrastinating Americans that are cutting it close shopping-wise, here are 6 driving and parking tips to prevent unnecessary added stress to your holiday shopping.

Eyes On the Road, Hands On the Wheel

One big thing you can do when it comes to your holiday shopping is map out your route. There are many mobile apps that will help you get around traffic by leading you to detours and less crowded roads. However, if you are using your phone and trying to drive your vehicle, you’re putting yourself and others in harm’s way. Leave the mapping and app-ing to a co-pilot or let your trusted, hands free IntelliLink take you were you need to go. On a day where traffic is heavy and people are more flustered and more rushed than ever, the last thing you need is an accident.

Here’s Your Sign

Using your turn signals and headlights on a regular basis is always a good idea, but it is especially important on the busy roads that the holidays have invited. Use your headlights, even during the day time and always use your turn signals when merging, switching lanes, turning into a parking spot and especially backing out of a parking spot.

Practice Patience

Being patient around the mall during Christmastime is easier said than done. However, something that you have to remember is that other drivers and pedestrians could be distracted as well. Make it your top priority to be vigilant.

Park Smart

Like we said before, having a vigilant eye will do you and the people around you a world of good. Backing up causes 25% of parking lot accidents each year; use your backup camera if you have one. If not, always look around in all directions. Plus, it wouldn’t do you any harm to have your passenger get out and lead the way. Beware of small children, carts, and other vehicles when pulling into a spot. Be considerate of the vehicle next to you, and leave them with enough room to get in and out.

With all of the people that are on the roads, regardless of how well you plan, you are bound to run into some unexpected hassles. Instead of using your better judgment, just use every single one of these tips every single time. It’s always better to be safe than sorry. If you are in need of a new vehicle to get you to and from or you simply need a vehicle with safety features and more room, we’ve got it all at Finnegan Chevy Buick GMC. Treat yourself to a new ride for the new year!

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