Residents are encouraged to safely transport their Christmas trees this season

NEW YORK (WWTI) – Families across New York are taking a trip to pick out their Christmas tree to celebrate the holiday. However, transporting the wood from the farm home can have its challenges.

According to a press release from AAA, a tree, if not properly secured, can cause damage to the vehicle, or worse, fly off or out of the vehicle and endanger other motorists. Twine, rope and straps can wear paint and tear away rubber seals, causing up to $ 1,500 in repairs.

Research from the company in 2019 revealed that 44% of Americans who planned to buy a real Christmas tree would transport the tree using unsafe methods. The statistics included 20% of people who would tie the tree to the roof of their vehicle without using a roof rack, and 24% who planned to place the tree in bed on their pickup truck unsecured.

Among those planning to buy a live Christmas tree, 16% have previously experienced a Christmas tree falling off or out of their vehicle during transportation. To combat these statistics, AAA has released several tips to help residents avoid damage to their vehicles.

One tip the company had for the drivers was to use the right vehicle when transporting their wood. According to AAA, the best way to transport the wood is on top of a vehicle with roof racks or in bed on a pick-up, SUV, van or minivan that can fit the wood inside with all doors closed.

Before adding the wood, individuals should have it wrapped in netting and use an old rug to prevent paint scratches and protect the finish of the vehicle. They also advised residents to use quality binders like sturdy ropes or nylon garbage straps to attach the wood to the roof of their vehicle.

Trees should always be placed in a pick-up bed or on the roof with the trunk facing the front of the vehicle. It should then be tied down at the bottom, center and top and looped around the trunk to prevent any movement from side to side or front-to-back.

Before hitting the road, residents should give the tree several strong pulls from different directions to ensure that it is secured in place and does not blow away. Once it is well secured, drivers should take their time and try to get back on the roads as higher speeds create significant airflow that can damage your Christmas tree and challenge even the best tying methods.

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