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5 Wonderful Tips For Getting Your Christmas Tree Home Safely

Posted Nov 28th, 2018 in Media, General, Insurance Tips, Auto Insurance, Did You Know?, In the News

With Christmas just around the corner, many family traditions begin with picking out a Christmas tree and bringing it home to decorate.  We want to ensure you get your tree home safely with these tips.  

Getting Your Christmas Tree Home Safely, Youngs Insurance, Ontario

Just worry about decorating your Christmas tree!

Christmas is a stressful time for many people because there’s so much hustle and bustle. In order for you to have one less thing to worry about, we’ve provided some safety tips on how to get your Christmas tree home safely – now all you have to worry about is decorating it!

Tips For Getting Your Christmas Tree Home Safely

1 | Know where your Christmas tree is going

Ensure you measure the space you intend on placing your Christmas tree so you come home with the perfect one! You’ll want to measure the distance from the stand to the ceiling as well as the circumference.  At the Christmas tree lot, don’t forget to measure the one you want to buy before purchasing it.

2 | Make it a festive group outing

Considering it’s the most wonderful time of year, get a group together because it’s always more fun when other people come along – plus extra hands are helpful!  Bringing a tree home isn’t easy, make sure you have at least one person to help you, especially when it comes time to cut the tree down and load it on the car.

3 | Wrap your tree with netting

Trust us, wrapping your Christmas tree in netting will make it easier to manage. If you don’t have netting, you can also use a blanket or tarp. In addition to making it easier to maneuver, wrapping also helps prevent it from drying out.  Also, to avoid scratches in the paint, cover your vehicle.  If your tree can fit inside your car, cover the seat to protect the interior from sap stains.  

4 | Secure your Christmas tree safely

After you load your tree onto your car, ensure you double check that it is secure so that it doesn’t fly off on the drive home.  It should be centred with the stump end facing the front of your vehicle.  Cover it completely so that the wind doesn’t dry it out on the drive home.

5 | Drive with caution

Once the tree is loaded, you’ll be excited to get it home.  Refrain from speeding, as roof cargo affects your vehicle’s center of gravity and emergency handling so be sure to drive slowly and cautiously.  Before you start driving make sure the tree doesn’t interfere with your ability to see.

If you’re planning on purchasing a Christmas Tree and bringing it home this holiday season, we hope you found our tips useful! Merry Christmas from everyone at Youngs Insurance!

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