The holidays are finally here along with festive traditions, such as decorating and picking out your own Christmas tree. Finding the perfect tree is no small task, let alone getting it home in one piece. Luckily, our used car dealer in Pelham has plenty of tips and tricks you can utilize to safely tie down your Christmas tree to your car!
Pelham Drivers Can Safely Get Their Christmas Tree Home With These Tips
Measure Before Buying: Before heading out in search of the perfect Christmas tree, measure the height of the room where you plan to display the tree to ensure it will fit. Tree toppers tend to add quite a bit of height so try to leave at least six inches of clearance between the ceiling and the top of your tree.
Is Your Car Ready to Roll?: While it's important to choose the right vehicle to transport your new fir, it's just as important to make sure that your ride is up to the task. If you have any concerns, however, you can always count on our Pelham service center for great prices and high-quality work!
Wrap It Up: Take care to lay a blanket down on the roof or bed of your vehicle to protect your car from scratches and make tree needle cleanup easier. Most Christmas tree farms provide netting to aid in this but if you happen to visit one that doesn't, an old blanket or tarp will do the job,
Position the Tree: When you're ready to load up your Christmas tree, it should be placed in its most aerodynamic position with the trunk facing the front of the vehicle. This prevents wind damage and ensures you won't lose as many needles on the way home.
Tying it in Place with Roof Racks: Bringing your Christmas tree home is simple and easy with a roof rack. To tie down the tree, first lay the tree down on the roof and tie a piece of rope to one side of the roof rack. Stretch this string or rope across the base of the tree, making sure to wrap the line around the trunk several times, before tying off the rope to the roof rack on the other side of your car. Doing so will prevent the tree from flying off your roof and becoming a danger to other drivers on the road. Repeat this process in the middle and near the top of the tree to fully secure your Christmas tree.
Tying it in Place Without Roof Racks: If your ride doesn't have roof racks, you can still get your tree home safely with some maneuvering. Start by laying down a blanket and tying down the tree with the doors open instead of going through the windows – you will not be able to climb inside your car if you tie the tree through the windows. Follow the same instructions above to secure your tree but be sure to use a heavier guard rope so you don't cut your car door's weather stripping.
Whether you decide to visit a local lot or nearby tree farm, utilize these tips to safely tie down your Christmas tree and ensure your holiday stays happy and bright! For more help getting your vehicle up to speed or assistance picking out your next capable new-to-you ride, feel free to contact our team at Driver's Way!