The search for the perfect Christmas tree is on as millions of Americans take part looking for that tree for their home. Once the perfect tree is found, the real challenge comes from ensuring that tree is safely transported to your house.
AAA says transporting a tree is just like moving furniture, appliances, or other large objects and if it is not properly secured, the tree may cause damage to your vehicle including scratched paint, torn door seals, or distorted window frames. Even worse, AAA says, it could fly off or out of your vehicle and become a road hazard.
Research done by AAA, shows 44% of Americans plan to purchase a real Christmas tree and would then transport it using unsafe methods, including 20% who tie the tree to the roof without a roof rack and 24% who place the tree in the bed of their pickup truck unsecured. 16% also have already experienced a Christmas tree falling off of or out of their vehicle.
When planning to get your tree and taking it home, a little preparation never hurts along with the right tools and vehicle. Tips for when getting and transporting your tree include:
- Planning ahead
- Wrap & Cover your tree
- Trunk first when placing on the roof of your vehicle
- Securing it, tying down the tree at the base, center and top
- Tug Test, after securing, do several strong tugs to ensure its secure
- Nice & Easy, drive slowly and take back roads over highways