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How to survive driving and parking on Black Friday!

Published on Tuesday 20 November 2018 in Van News

How to survive driving and parking on Black Friday!

Everything you need to know to survive the Black Friday mayhem...

Fights, queues and scrambling over who's going to get the best bargain in store...that's what to expect on Black Friday! But, how do you make sure you beat the traffic and get there in good time? Vanarama's Laura Day reveals all.

It's a day of retail madness and that's why it's important to do the right preparation on this wild and hectic day. And, that starts with your journey to your Black Friday shopping location! So, here's a few things you might want to consider on the day...there's even some online shopping top tips at the bottom of this article too!


1. The early bird catches the worm

Make sure you're up nice and early to avoid the mad rush, because this means you will face less traffic en route, and ensure you make the most of your Black Friday. Those new shoes aren't going to buy themselves, eh?


2. Planning is key

Before you set off, plan your route. Make sure you check out EXACTLY where it is that you need to go, down to the smallest detail – shopping centre address and car park address, to ensure you maximise time spent in the shops.

You don't want to get lost along the way and miss out on valuable shopping time after all.


3. Use the tech available at your finger tips

Clever apps like Google Maps give you a live traffic feed, meaning they will re-route you in the event of heavy traffic, accidents, closed roads or construction.

Keeping an eye on stuff like this is such a simple way to make sure you beat the mad traffic, and could be the difference between getting to the shops at their opening times or sitting in traffic.


4. Avoid distractions

Keep the focus! When traffic is heavy, it's easy to get flustered. Even if you're in a rush to get your hands on all the latest Black Friday goods, try to not get distracted by rowdy passengers or phones.

And remember, keep a safe distance from the car in front of you, and always be on the lookout for any erratic driving behaviour that may jump out at you.


5. Take extra care parking

Parking can be one of the main annoyances on the biggest shopping day of the year - with queues piling up in the car park, trying to find a space among the madness can be tricky. And, with so many hazards about, Black Friday parking is an accident waiting to happen.

So, here's a few things to remember:

  • Be aware of children - they can jump out from nowhere
  • Be a considerate driver – make sure you're in the lane lines, so you're not blocking other spaces
  • When you leave the car park, back out slowly and carefully

Follow these simple driving tips and your day will be a total breeze.

And, if you'll be doing your Black Friday shopping online in your lunchtime break at's a few things to remember before the big day.

  • Follow your favourite brands' social media accounts to keep tabs on their best offers and further discounts.
  • If you're serious about bagging a bargain, set up an online account for any shops you might want to make a purchase from the day before. Stock might be limited at your chosen shop, and you don't want to slow the process down by wasting your time setting up an account on the day.
  • Shop around! Before you get too excited about a MEGA discount, check that it's not cheaper elsewhere.

Did you know that paying with your phone at a drive-through restaurant could land you with 6 points on your driving licence and a fine of up to £1,000?! Read more about these unknown driving offences here.