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CINCINNATI, OH (November 23, 2017) – Whenever you decide to venture out to start your holiday shopping, AAA is reminding everyone to use caution and avoid distractions.
According the Ohio State Highway Patrol crash statistics report, the five-day Thanksgiving period recorded more crashes than any of the other major holidays in 2016. AAA reminds shoppers to pay attention, as they enter or leave stores, as distracted walking is a serious safety issue, as well.
Not only will many motorists be rushing to get a coveted parking space to hit ‘door buster’ sales and other holiday bargains on Black Friday, some shoppers, unfortunately, will suffer a disabling injury after being struck by a car in the parking lot.
“We know that traffic will be much more congested near and around malls and shopping centers after Thanksgiving,” says Jenifer Moore, AAA spokeswoman. “It is imperative for motorists to concentrate on driving and avoid distractions while shoppers should focus on not letting their guard down when entering and walking through a parking lot.”
According to the National Safety Council, auto insurers report the number of claims spike on Black Friday and run above normal throughout the holiday shopping season. The number of incidents is probably higher than insurance claims indicate, as many fender-benders go unreported.
“Unfortunately, tempers can run high and patience short as drivers circle the parking lot in search of an empty parking space,” continued Moore. “Careless and inattentive driving in crowded parking lots could result in additional holiday expenses, including fender-benders, personal injuries and a general Grinch-like attitude. Don’t let distractions and your dash for deals dampen your holiday spirits.”
AAA offers the following tips to avoid becoming a traffic statistic:
In addition, Black Friday shoppers should also remain vigilant about protecting their purchases and identity. According the National Retail Federation (NRF), consumers report they will spend an average $967.13 this year in holiday shopping. That’s up 3.4 percent from the $935.58 consumers said they would spend when surveyed at the same time last year. With holiday sales expected to increase more than $655.8 billion last year from last year, there is a high potential for theft and other fraudulent activity.
Follow these AAA tips to keep yourself and your packages safe:
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