As Black Friday sales start as early as tonight, a vehicle safety group is warning drivers this year to remain cautious while making decisions in parking lots.
There will be more customers shopping this Black Friday than on any other day during the weekend. The large amount of car and pedestrian traffic makes the need for safe driving in parking lots particularly important, said Christine Delise, public affairs specialist for AAA Mid-Atlantic, in a written statement.
Some of AAA's tips include parking in well-lit areas, using headlights even during the day and obeying speed limits and all stop signs. Also important are watching out for distracted pedestrians, children and others who may be in the parking lot.
Other recommendations include remaining visible by avoiding parking in between large cars, and parking in places where there is less traffic, such as in outlying areas or by side entrances. Locking your car and hiding all valuables is also important, according to the recommendations.
Instead of going out to the mall or other stores, people can also wait for "Cyber Monday," in which many retailers will be having online promotions.
"Whether it's the thrill of holiday shopping hustle and bustle, the hunt for the ultimate gift deal, or panic that there are six fewer shopping days this season, shopping should not come at the expense of safety," Delise said in a written statement.