Black Friday: The Story of Madness.

Well, that magical day of the year has come.  Camping out in front of stores for DAYS,   unbelievably packed parking lots and long lines and total ravenous CHAOS that turns your favorite department store into a seething madhouse.

Yes, folks.  I’m talking about BLACK FRIDAY.

The day that is notorious for bringing out the best in deals and the worst in people.  This is possibly the only day in the year where you will see someone’s grandmother wrestle to the death for a $2 toaster.  Black Friday is considered the official kickoff for the Christmas shopping season and is crucial for the profitability of many retailers. In fact, that is where the name “Black Friday” originated.  It was considered the day where retailers turns such a profit, they go from being “in the red” to being “in the black”…Get it?  BLACK Friday?

So, here’s a question.  What does Black Friday mean to your car?  It’s no big surprise that your car plays a huge part in the shopping you will do as you need it to drive around in, pack full of stuff and cart it all home.  However, in all of this holiday madness, car safety and precaution is equally as important as car availability.  Being in a rush to get to the next sale or fight for your right to park, it is easy for drivers to become a little more aggressive behind the wheel, which could possibly lead to fender benders.  

According to auto insurance company Progressive, insurance claims on parking lot accidents doubled from 2010 to 2011 and had an increase of 36.5% when compared to the two weeks preceding and following Black Friday. Additionally, of those claims, roughly 11% of them involved parked cars!  

Come on, people!  These sales are not worth compromising your car or anyone else’s.  I’m willing to bet that if we take it easier out there and slow down just a tad, whatever you are looking for will still be on the shelves.  Personally, whenever I go out shopping on Black Friday, I tend to steer clear of the entire parking spot scavenger hunt and take the hike from a spot further back on the lot.

For some, Black Friday is an anticipated tradition to cap off that bountiful Thanksgiving Day feast.  Others may not participate at all and choose to wait until the dust settles to shop.  In either case, holiday shopping can be a tedious, time-consuming activity.  Let’s all vow to do our best to be courteous careful drivers out here so we can keep the parking lots and roads as safe as possible.

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Posted on November 23, 2012, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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