Chevy Offers Tips For Transporting Your Christmas Tree
Transport your holiday tree safely with these simple seasonal tips
It’s already December, which means the holiday season is almost upon us. There’s a lot to do before Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and the rest of the December holidays arrive, and one tradition that many families take part in is decorating a Christmas tree.
Of course, the first thing you need to do is get a hold of the tree, and while many opt for an artificial fir or evergreen, others choose to cut down the all-natural variety. Trees can be some of the most cumbersome Christmas cargo to carry, and AAA recently found that over the course of the past three years, 20 million Americans did not properly secure their new tree to their car.
Chevrolet wants to make sure that Christmas tree transportation is as safe as possible, which is why the automaker recently published a list of tips for transporting your tree.
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Dress warmly, wear gloves, and bring a piece of cardboard to kneel on if you’re cutting your tree down.
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If you’re transporting the tree inside your vehicle, make sure to lay down a tarp to keep your car clean. If you’re transporting the tree on top of your vehicle, make sure you have cross-rails installed so you can help avoid damaging the paint.
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Make sure the tree is tightly bound with netting or rope before tying it to the top of the vehicle.
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Place the stump end of the tree toward the front of the car to reduce aerodynamic drag and ensure a safe drive home.
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Lay your tree directly overtop the available cross rails, loop twine over and around it and repeat to cinch it with a figure-eight motion to secure your tree tightly to the vehicle. This can help protect the tree from moving around while you drive.
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If possible, use secondary roads and avoid highways when driving with your tree on top of the vehicle.
Unsurprisingly, Chevrolet also offered a bonus tip, which suggested that holiday motorists choose the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse for all their tree-transporting needs. Whatever vehicle model you plan to use, just make sure you get yourself, your passengers, and your tinsel-covered Tannenbaum to your destination safely.