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You are likely to see more Christmas trees perched atop car roofs this year. That�s because Christmas tree sales are expected to be up, as families look for some holiday cheer in what�s been a particularly challenging year. A recent NBC news report cites a recent survey by the Christmas Tree Promotion Board that found 25% of people who had an artificial tree or no tree last year plan to go all out by buying a real one this year.
If you�re one of those planning to mask up and head out to your local tree lot or tree farm, make sure you have the tools to get it home safely. (Or plan to have it delivered to you.) Unsafe transport methods, like putting it unsecured in the trunk or improperly tied down to the roof of the car, can be a recipe for disaster. If it falls out, it becomes hazardous road debris.
1. Use the right vehicle.
2. Bring the right tie downs.
3. Protect the tree.
4. Protect your vehicle.
5. Position trunk facing the car�s front end.
6. Tie it down securely.
7. Give it the tug test.
8. Drive home slowly and carefully.
9. Spot-check and clean the vehicle.
December 02, 2020