Choosing the perfect Christmas tree is a beloved holiday tradition: short and squat, tall and thin, even branches or endearingly lopsided. But whatever kind of tree you choose, you’ll need to get it home safely.
Transporting a fresh Christmas tree is no different than moving furniture, appliances, or other large objects. If your tree is not properly secured, you risk damaging your vehicle. Scratched paint, torn door seals, or distorted window frames are some of the more common issues caused by a poorly secured tree. Worse still, an improperly secured tree can fly off or out of your vehicle, becoming a danger to other drivers.
A 2019 AAA survey showed 44 percent of Americans transported their Christmas trees home using unsafe methods. Twenty percent tied the tree to the roof of a vehicle without using a roof rack, while another 24 percent hauled a tree home unsecured in the bed of a pickup truck. And 16 percent of respondents have had a Christmas tree fall off or out of a vehicle—yikes!