It seems like a simple task: pick out a Christmas tree and haul it home. But, if you’ve noticed a few random trees on the side of the highway, you know it’s not that easy. In fact, AAA estimates that 20 million Americans who bought a real Christmas tree in the last three years failed to properly secure it to their vehicle, which means 20 million Christmas trees ended up as road debris. Because when it goes wrong, it tends to go horribly, terribly, Grinch-pleasingly wrong. And now you’re the parent who’ll be forever known as the one who ruined Christmas.
So, we’ve got some tree transporting tips to ensure your magical gift shrine makes it home safely, the rest is up to you.
Unless you want to stick to everything and anything for the next 18 hours, gloves are a must. It doesn’t matter if the tree lot guys will load it up for you, you’re still going to have to bring it inside. Leather work gloves are ideal, but any pair will do.
The only way to carry a pine tree is by reaching in and grabbing the trunk. That means you’re going to get poked by branches and possibly covered in pine sap. A denim work jacket works best, but the main idea is to not use your fancy winter coat or one of those puffy coats as they tend to be more prone to having holes poked in them.
Once you’ve found the perfect tree, checked the bottom for color (you want it pale as this means it was freshly cut recently) and performed the needle-drop-shake-test (it shouldn’t be shedding any needles before you buy it) it’s time to ask the tree lot people to net it for you. The netting keeps your pretty tree from flopping in the wind, losing a ton of needles, or even getting branches snapped off.
The Right Vehicle
No matter what vehicle you’re driving, point the bottom of the tree toward the front of it!
It’s best to transport a Christmas tree on top of a vehicle equipped with a roof rack. However, if you do not have a roof rack, follow these steps to get it secured to your vehicle.
Firstly, you’ll want to wrap the netted tree in an old blanket to prevent hairline scratches all over your roof.
We don’t recommend placing it inside your SUV or minivan unless you enjoy picking needles out of the carpet for the next few years, but if that’s your thing then by all means load it on in!
Drive Like There’s A Tree Strapped To The Roof Of Your Vehicle
This sounds obvious, but you’d be surprised how quickly one can forget about it when the kids break into their third Christmas carol and you feel like the best parent in the world. Try to avoid the highway as the higher speeds can lift the tree and really mess with your vehicles center of gravity, especially if it’s a large tree on a small car. Just go slow, check your clearance, and try to avoid potholes. Basically, drive like there’s a tree on your roof.
Happy Holidays from your friends at Henna Chevrolet!