Don't Ignore Car Safety on Black Friday | Edmunds

Don't Ignore Car Safety on Black Friday


Just the Facts:
  • It's easy to overlook car safety on Black Friday, but Edmunds is here to help with some reminders.
  • Lock any new purchases in the trunk.
  • Drop off big-ticket items at home before venturing out on other shopping trips.

SANTA MONICA, California — It's easy to overlook car safety on Black Friday, but Edmunds is here to help with some reminders.

"The stress and pressure that comes with the holiday season can lead people to behave more carelessly than they would otherwise," said Ronald Montoya, Edmunds consumer advice editor. "That's why it's even more crucial to take steps like staying off your cell phone and using your vehicle's back-up cameras.

"You might even want to consider parking far away from store entrances so you won't have to stress out or fight someone for a parking spot."

Lock any new purchases in the trunk or use the cargo cover on your hatchback or SUV. Store smaller items in the glove compartment or center console.

Drop off big-ticket items at home before venturing out on other shopping trips. A few minutes of your time to make this detour can prevent lots of holiday disappointment.

Get used to using valet keys and valet mode. This step will keep a prying valet or larcenous passerby from getting into the trunk of the car.

Edmunds says: Now you can concentrate on bargain hunting.

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