CARS.COM — Christmas trees are an enchanting, beautiful symbol of the holiday season, but the magic comes crashing to a halt the second one slams into your car. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, more than 200,000 crashes involved debris on U.S. roadways between 2011 and 2014, and some of them were Christmas trees.
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Before you overload the family truckster with the perfect tree, take a few precautions to make sure it — and you — arrive home safely. With approximately 25 million to 30 million Christmas trees purchased every year, there are a lot of opportunities for damage — not only to your car, but to the car driving behind you. How do you get that Tannenbaum home intact?
Aside from finding a tree lot that delivers, Rick Dungey, spokesman for the National Christmas Tree Association, has some sage advice. “If someone at the farm or lot where you buy the tree offers advice on the best way for you to transport your tree, take it,” he told Cars.com. “Those folks deal with thousands of trees per year, and you deal with one.”
Here are some more tips from the National Christmas Tree Association for getting your tree home without diminishing your holiday cheer.