Protect your Roof
Once you’ve found the perfect tree it needs to be wrapped to protect it and you from damage.
Most Christmas tree farms offer a netting service where they cover the tree in a net to make transporting it safer and easier.
You’ll need to place something between your car roof and the tree to prevent scratches, and to stop the tree sliding around too much. A foam mat is a good choice as it will cushion and stabilise the tree, but an old blanket or a tarp will also do the job.
Position and Secure the Tree Correctly
Be sure your tree will fit on your car roof with little or no overhang, and point the trunk towards the front of your vehicle to reduce wind resistance and damage to the tree.
If you don’t have a roof rack or side rails on the roof, open the car doors and secure the tree along its length with rope around the entire roof, running it inside so it’s held in place by your car doors.
Check that the rope inside the cabin isn’t going to obstruct the driver’s vision in any way.
Bungee cords and ratchet straps can also be used as long as you’re familiar with how they work.
Safety Tips to Consider
Safety for you, your vehicle and other road users is the most important consideration so follow these tips to help you bring your tree safely home:
Wear good sturdy gloves, and make sure you have everything you need before you leave home
Try to avoid travelling on the main highways and keep your speed down
Ensure the tree can’t move at all, in any direction, while it’s on your car’s roof and allow for the added weight, it’s likely to change how your car handles
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Let us take care of your car service so you can enjoy your festive season without worrying about inconvenient breakdowns or car trouble. We also have a huge range of quality parts and accessories to enhance your holiday driving experience.
For your convenience you can even book your service online.
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