You can transport the tree in many different ways, but many of them are very unsuitable – either for practical or safety reasons. We therefore had the experts on safe driving from the Mostek autodrome recommend the correct method of transporting the tree. “It is important to store the tree correctly in the cabin or on the roof racks. A haphazardly attached tree can act as a dangerous projectile in the event of an impact and endanger people in the vicinity,” warned safe driving instructor Marek Kohoutek some time ago, when this article was first published.
How not to transport a Christmas tree
To put it bluntly, tossing a tree loosely in your trunk is the worst thing you can do. And we don’t just mean that you’ll have an interior full of needles. A far bigger problem is that every time you turn or brake, it will roll uncontrollably around the cabin, so it can easily damage your car or even injure you. And god forbid you crash – then the heavy tree turns into a huge projectile flying in your direction. You really don’t want that.
Do not use elastic straps
Likewise, we cannot recommend classic rubber bands (neither indoors nor on roof racks), because they cannot keep a heavy tree in place in a critical situation. “As a test by the German car club ADAC found, the rubber tensioning cords of the trees on the roof of the car will not hold during a crash or during a critical evasive maneuver,” said safety expert Kohoutek.
How to transport a Christmas tree
- Keep the tree wrapped in netting.
- It is entirely up to you whether you will transport the tree on the roof racks or in the cabin.
- ALWAYS use fabric straps and tie the tree firmly in place so it cannot move.
- Fasten it on the roof with the tip backwards, otherwise the flowing air will damage the branches while driving. When courting, do not forget that you must prevent him from moving not only sideways, but also forward or backward. Definitely do not use elastic straps: “During the ADAC crash test, the rubber tensioners did not withstand the overload of the impact, they burst. The tree flew off the roof and became a life-threatening projectile,” the expert described.
- When transporting in the cabin, ideally place it on a plastic/blanket (to keep the interior clean), the seat belt or the raised backrests or seats of the seat next to it will prevent it from moving. “To protect the seats and for a better distribution of weight in the event of an impact, it is advisable to insert, for example, a wooden board between the front seat and the tree,” advises the instructor.
- If the tree is taller and exceeds the outline of the bodywork or protrudes out of the trunk, it is necessary to follow the traffic law when transporting it. If the load exceeds the vehicle by more than a meter in front or at the back, or by more than 400 millimeters from the side, the overhanging end must be equipped with a red flag with dimensions of at least 300 × 300 millimeters, with a non-dazzling white light and a white reflector at the front in reduced visibility and a red flag at the rear light and red reflector.