Transporting Your Christmas Tree

By Alison wheatley
In December 5, 2015
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The holiday season presents many fun and adventurous challenges, whether it’s untangling your Christmas lights, finding the right gifts or indeed, transporting your Christmas tree from the forest or lot to your living room. However, if you don’t take the right precautions to get your tree home safely, you risk causing accidents on the road and damage to both your tree and car. Luckily, here are a few tips to help you transport your Christmas tree safely, and prevent the need for Santa to come and save your Christmas tree from falling off your car roof!

Prepare Your Tools

When you leave to go buy your Christmas tree, make sure that you’re equipped with the right tools to safely transport it home. Take ratchet-style tie downs, some heavy-duty gloves, an old blanket to protect your car roof and a red flag or lights to tie to the end of the tree. You should also wear a long-sleeved shirt and warm clothing to prevent a chill from the cold weather and protect your arms from the sharp pine needles.

Pick A Suitable Tree

While it’s definitely a fairy-tale dream to have a real Christmas tree, you do need to place limitations and make sure that your tree is suitable for both your vehicle and your home. It’s important to measure your car’s storage area –inside and out – to ensure that you can safely transport the tree. If your vehicle is too small, you may want to consider hiring a vehicle to safely transport a larger tree and prevent any damage to your vehicle.

Keep It Locked Down

Even if you’re travelling a short distance home, you still need to adopt all necessary precautions to get you, your car and your tree home in one piece. You need to not only think about your own safety, but the safety of others whilst you’re on the roads with your tree. Trees that aren’t secured properly can compromise your ability to control the car properly, and in the case of immediate braking, the tree can easily get catapulted from the vehicle and potentially harm others. Ratchet straps are the most effective and secure way to tie your tree to your car as they won’t come loose during transit.

Be Safe

It’s important that you’re safe whilst transporting your vehicle. Keep a safe distance from traffic in front of you, drive within the speed limit and be conscious that your braking distance may increase due to the heavier load. If your tree extends half a metre or more over the front or rear of your vehicle, you must attach a red flag during the day and lamps at night to ensure it’s visible to other drivers.

For additional tips on securely transporting a Christmas tree, check out Driving.

 

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