It’s that time of year again. As the weather turns colder across many parts of the country, family’s everywhere venture out in search of the perfect Christmas tree for their home. It can’t be too tall, and it has to be just round enough, with sturdy branches to hold the ornaments. In fact, it has to be just right.
If your family is planning to buy a Christmas tree and heading out to the tree farms soon, keep reading for some helpful tips that will ensure your tree makes it home safely and in one piece.
Insurance companies are reminding everyone this holiday season about the dangers of not properly securing your Christmas tree to the roof of your car. Each year, tens of thousands of crashes and thousands of injuries related to Christmas trees on the roadways have been reported. In fact, within the last 4 years alone, there have been over 500 deaths because of Christmas trees flying off people’s cars.
You’ve Chosen a Tree, Now What?
Once you have chosen the right tree for your home, and one that will fit properly atop your vehicle, what’s next? Do you know how to secure it to the top of your vehicle properly to ensure it stays put on the drive home? Here are 4 steps that will ensure your tree will make it to your home safely:
- Make sure the tree farm bundles your tree. They will wrap it in a netting that will help keep branches secure and avoid any flyaways as you drive home. Most Christmas tree vendors offer this service, but you should call ahead to be sure or bring along your own netting and rope.
- Always be sure to point the trunk of your tree towards the front of your vehicle for proper balance.
- Using quality ratchet straps or strong rope, secure your tree at the top, middle and bottom. Avoid using twine as it is not very strong. Once secure, test your handiwork by pulling on your tree to ensure it won’t move during driving.
- Drive carefully and slowly. Avoid the highway if possible as too much speed could cause your tree to shift making it more prone to flying off of your car and into traffic. If you have to use a highway or freeway, be sure to drive in the right-most lane and take care to avoid fast starts, short stops or any obstacles in the road that could cause your tree to loosen.
Once you have your tree home, be sure to store your ratchet straps or rope properly to make sure it is ready the next time you need it. The set up your Christmas tree and start decorating! Happy Holidays!