Are you planning on bringing home a live Christmas tree for this year's holiday season? If so, there are some key things you should prep for in order for you and your tree to safely make it home. Here are some our top tips for a mode of safe transport!
Loading the Tree
First off, we recommend using a truck or SUV over a smaller car. This makes the process easier to manage. If you don't have one, we suggest asking a friend or family member for a ride. To start the loading process, you'll want to lay a blanket, tarp, or sheet underneath the tree or onto your truck bed or roof rack. This protects your car against the pine needs that may scratch your vehicle.
Next, you want to make sure that your tree is netted. Most tree farms offer this service, and it keeps the branches packed down. It also makes handling the tree easier. When loading the tree, make sure to use gloves. You'll want the trunk of the tree to be turned to the front of your vehicle.
Once you lay the tree in your truck bed or roof rack, use ample amounts of rope to secure the tree. When you're finished wrapping and tying it, remember to give it a good pull (just for safety measures). If it doesn't budge, you're good to go.
Driving with the Tree
When you make it off the lot, make sure to drive very carefully. Drive slowly, and put up a flag to alert other drivers if you have to. We recommend taking an easy route that avoids highways. If you're not sure, you can find route options on navigational apps. Going at higher speeds put you at a higher risk of an accident. You'll also want to be easy on your brakes as well.
The team at Richman Automotive & Towing wishes you a fun and festive holiday season. Feel free to give us a call or fill out our online appointment form if you need any maintenance or repairs soon. We look forward to seeing you!