Christmas trees are a staple of the holiday season that kids love, and nothing beats the wonderful scent of pine that fills up your home when you bring home a real tree. But getting it home can be tricky, so we’ve put together some tips on how to transport a Christmas tree that will keep you and your car safe.
Always bring with you a tarp or blanket, work gloves, and bungee cords or something else to strap the tree down to your roof. This is the easiest way to transport a tree home without getting your interior covered in sap and stay needles, especially if you have a small vehicle.
Cover the roof
Lay down the tarp on the roof — you don’t want sap getting stuck to your paint job and drying in the cold. Secure it as best you can to keep it from flapping around and obscuring visibility while you drive.
Positioning the tree
Load the tree onto the roof with the trunk facing the front of the car, and make sure it’s positioned in the center of the car to help it stay stable while you drive.
Make sure you’re wearing thick gloves when handling a tree! Pine needles are called needles for a reason, and the bark can rough up your hands too.
Securing the tree
Wrap your bungee cord or rope around the tree first, then pull it through your roof rails to secure it. If you don’t have roof rails, you can secure it to the inside of your car through the windows.
Why not start your holiday shopping early by getting yourself a little something nice, like a new SUV or truck from College Chevrolet Buick? They’re perfect for transporting your Christmas tree.