In NJ and around the world, cutting down a Christmas tree has become a family tradition. On a crisp December day, Mom and Dad bundle up the kids, pile into the car, and head out to a tree farm. Hack saw in hand, they trek through the fields and over the hills inspecting, rejecting, and finally, finding the perfect tree. Alternatively, the family stops at a nearby lot and selects a pre-cut tree. Wherever the tree is purchased, it has to be brought home. That’s when the trouble starts.
While this stately tree may fit perfectly in front of your picture window, it may be a bit oversized for your car. How do you transport your Tannenbaum safely from field to foyer?
The folks at www.cars.com asked the experts at the National Christmas Tree Association for some tips on transporting your tree.
- Get your Christmas tree netted before leaving the lot to make it more manageable. If it’s going on the roof, the trunk should be facing front.
- Make sure to select a tree that will either fit inside your cargo area or on top of your roof. A roof rack is a good idea.
- Have enough rope or cord to wrap around the tree and secure it to the roof rack or to cargo hooks.
- Protect the cargo area or roof with a tarp or blanket.
- Before leaving the lot, give the tree a good tug to make sure it’s secure.
- Drive slowly and avoid the highway. Heavy objects affect your vehicle’s center of gravity and consequently emergency handling.
The NJ State Police emphasize that improperly secured trees can cause the tree to slide down the windshield and obstructing the driver’s view or falling off the roof and strike another vehicle. They suggest planning ahead and arrive in a vehicle to support the size of tree you select.
Whether your holiday plans call for “rockin’ around the Christmas tree,” or sitting in quiet contemplation, make sure you and your tree arrive home safely.