Thanksgiving is well in the rearview mirror. What’s left is that magical time of year leading up to the biggest holiday on the calendar: Christmas! That means it’s time to pull out the old lights, dust off your favorite ornaments, and get your living space into the holiday spirit. And nothing quite ties together those Christmas vibes like a fresh, green, fragrant, natural Christmas tree.
Luck you: You’re in charge of driving the tree home! Christmas trees aren’t exactly the easiest items to transport, certainly not if you’re worried about avoiding scratches to your vehicle or stripping those fresh pine needles off the branches. So, in the spirit of the season, we’ve decided to come up with a list of 7 simple tips for safely transporting a Christmas tree home.
Bring a Pair of Gloves
Natural Christmas trees are a little bit pokey and pointy all over. You can avoid some potential scrapes and make transportation far easier by simply tossing a pair of gloves into the car on the way to pick your tree up. While many tree sellers will happily help you load the tree into your vehicle, there’s a good chance you’ll need to make some adjustments before hitting the road. And that’s when these gloves will come in handy.
Line the Interior of Your Vehicle With a Blanket or Tarp
With the popularity of crossovers and SUVs, the most secure and easy to transport method for most tree buyers is likely to lower the seats. Consider a large SUV like the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe: for many tree sizes, you’ll only need to lower the back row of seats to open of enough space to safely store it for the trip home. All you need to catch any fallen pine needles and avoid interior damage is a tarp or blanket you don’t mind getting a bit dirty.
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Secure Branches With Netting or Rope
The absolute best option is to ask the retailer selling your tree if they can secure the tree with netting. If not, carefully folding the branches upwards and tying them down with twine will also do the trick. Avoid bending branches that feel rigid to a light push upwards, to avoid potential breakage when the tree is placed into or on top of your vehicle.
Use High-Quality Tiedowns to Secure the Tree to the Roof of your Vehicle
For particularly large trees, tying them to the roof is the best way to comfortably get them home. In this case, make sure to follow the step above to the best of your ability. Once the tree branches are as secured as possible, it’s time to connect them to the crossbars installed at the top of your vehicle. Use nylon ratchet straps to secure the tree across both crossbars, and don’t be shy about going tighter than you might think — you don’t want your tree to fall loose!
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Keep the Trunk of the Tree Pointed Forward
This one might not seem intuitive given the shape of a pine tree with the point towards the top. But once you net or tie down the branches, you’ll see at a glance that this is the most aerodynamic way to transport a fully-secured tree while minimizing pine needle loss. Trunk in, tip out.
Put Your Secured Tree to the Test Before Driving Away
Now that you have your branches folded upwards, netted or roped securely, and ratchet strapped down, you’re ready to go! Well, maybe not: no harm in testing your work before you leave. Give the tree a push and tug at all sizes, to get a feel for how well it is secured in place. Trust your intuition here; if you get even the slightest inkling that something is off, tighten your nylon straps or add a new one to secure a different portion of the tree.
Drive Like You Have a Christmas Tree on Your Hood
This one almost goes without saying, but sometimes it’s easy to be so proud of your work securing a Christmas tree that it’s easy to drive like it’s any other day. Remind yourself: Drive slower than normal, take turns with extra care, and prioritize the safety of you and your new tree. Even for drivers who fit the entire tree into the interior of their vehicle, driving with care is paramount. You don’t want to risk the beautiful pine needles and branches on your brand-new tree!
Happy Holidays from McCarthy Blue Springs Hyundai!
Hopefully our tips to safely transport a Christmas tree help you stay sane this season. If you need any additional help choosing the right Hyundai accessory or new Hyundai model for Christmas, contact a member of our sales team at 816-224-7500. Our Blue Springs Hyundai dealership is located at 3000 NW S Outer Road, just miles from Kansas City. Shop, save, and enjoy the holidays at McCarthy!