It’s the most wonderful time of the year – or so they say. It’s certainly the time of year when our streets are crammed full of shoppers, anxiously weaving their way in and out of department stores searching for the perfect gift. However, once Christmas Eve has passed, the madness doesn’t stop. Then it’s the time of pre-sales on Boxing Day, and of course, the famed January Sales that seem to start a little earlier each year.
I love a bargain as much as the next person, but the pushing, jostling and general mob mentality that seems to permeate every facet of this time of year is something I like to avoid at all costs. If you’ve been unlucky enough to leave the Christmas shopping a little late, or if you just can’t turn down the chance of bagging a bargain, then check out a few top tips to keep your head above water this year.
Wear comfortable, fitted clothing
It may be tempting to step out in all your finery at this time of year, but you’ll be coming home early! Instead, stick to flat, comfortable shoes that will allow you to make the most of the day. Avoid loose clothing as it can easily snag on passing objects or the handbags of the dozen women who will be pushing past you at any given time. Finally, dress in light layers rather than bulky clothes, as the moment you enter into any shop you will be met by a gushing wave of central heating.
Take a tote bag
Instead of trying to manoeuvre the streets with ten different shopping bags in tow, carry an empty tote bag with you to put your purchases in. Make sure it’s comfortable enough to keep on your shoulder, and place your money and other valuables in a shoulder bag that is positioned in front of your body at all times.
Try to keep pace
If you stop and stare, walk too slowly or walk too fast, you will inevitably end up crashing into someone, or they into you. Try to keep pace with the mob around you in order to avoid the pedestrian accidents that happen so frequently at this time of year. If you want to glance at a window display or send a text, move to one side to do so, as the shoppers around you will not be so forgiving should you get in their way.
If you have an accident
If worst comes to worst, and you are involved in an accident that wasn’t your fault, then it is in your best interests to contact the Accident Advice Helpline to see if you are eligible to make a claim for compensation. You don’t want to be put out over the holidays due to someone else’s clumsiness or impatience, and why should you? The Accident Advice Helpline has over 10 years’ experience in the field of personal injury claims, and their dedicated team of lawyers will have you back on your feet in no time. They work on a 100% no win, no fee basis, so what have you got to lose?
Make sure you don’t miss out this year. Enjoy the sales and stay safe, and if you do suffer a pedestrian injury that wasn’t your fault and you wish to make a compensation claim, contact the Accident Advice Helpline.