Munich - Fir, pine or spruce – whatever your favourite type of Christmas tree, the safest way to transport it is in the boot. However, many Christmas trees have to be transported on the car roof if boot space is lacking. Whether the festive freight is packed into the boot or strapped to the roof, some safety precautions should be taken. TÜV SÜD's experts have helpful tips.
Create tension: Buy tension belts beforehand to lash the tree down. Simple bungee-type cord expanders or ropes are not sufficient. This applies particularly if you have to lash the tree to the car roof.
Mount roof bars: Loads on the roof may only be transported using a special luggage rack.Never simply tie the tree directly to the car roof – not even on the shortest journey.
Position the load: The tip of the tree should point to the rear, to avoid branches breaking off in the slipstream. The tree should not block the driver's visibility. If the tree tip projects more than one metre over the rear windscreen, a red marker flag must be tied to it! If the tree is being transported in the dark, the tip must be marked with a red light. A total protrusion of 1.5 metres is permitted.
Tie down the trunk: To secure your load on the roof rack, pay particular attention to tightening the trunk in place with tension belts. This ensures that if you need to brake in an emergency, the tree is not transformed into a missile that endangers other road-users. But don't neglect to check that the parts of the tree to the sides and rear end of the car are well secured, warn the TÜV SÜD specialists.
Maintain visibility: Even if you are transporting your tree in the boot or car interior, ensure it is properly lashed into place and that visibility is not impaired.