Tips On Transporting Your Christmas Tree Home Safely

November 30, 2017

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O' Christmas Tree, O' Christmas Tree, how do we get you from the lot to our home?  It's an easy question for those with a truck or van but for those with cars, it's a daunting task.  AAA estimates that 20 million Americans who bought a real Christmas tree in the last three years didn’t properly secure it to their car or truck. And to make matters worse, twine that is wrapped around trees and looped through door jambs or open windows can cause serious damage to door seals and window frames of your vehicle.  But we're here to offer help and the safe way to transport your Christmas tree home.  First, if you can haul your tree home in a truck bed or SUV or minivan that can fit the tree inside with all doors closed is the preferred method.  The second best are vehicles equipped with a roof rack and lastly cars without a roof rack. Prepare your tree by having it wrapped in netting before loading it or using twine or rope to wrap around it to keep branches secure.  Point the trunk towards the front of the vehicle.  Secure the tree using quality rope or nylon ratchet straps and not the twine offered at stores and tree lots.  Place a blanket or towel between the tree and your vehicle to protect the paint.  When it comes to tying down the tree, use rope that anchors to fixed vehicle tie-down points, which can be found on the front and back of all cars (check owner’s manual) and most importantly, drive slowly home.

SOURCE: Jalopnik

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