Do You Know How To Transport a Christmas Tree?

It wouldn’t be Christmas without the smell of pine needles and presents from Santa under the tree. Transporting a Christmas tree from the lot to your house is not as easy as you may think. Every year, people inadvertently break the law by improperly securing their trees.

Getting yours this weekend? Avoid getting a ticket, causing an accident, or getting on Santa’s naughty list by following our tips.

Tips For Transporting A Christmas Tree

A policer officer is likely to pull your family over if your tree looks improperly secured. If a tree falls into the road, it can easily cause a serious accident. According to AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, vehicle-related road debris causes over 250,000 car accidents a year.

Keep these tips in mind when fastening your tree to the roof of your car or bed of a truck.

  • Place a tarp on the roof of your car  
  • Don’t choose a tree too big for your vehicle
  • Make sure you have enough rope or cable to fasten the tree
  • Have a net over the tree and make sure the trunk of the tree is facing the front of your car
  • Tie a red flag to the end of the tree if it extends past your bumper
  • Before leaving the lot, give your Christmas tree a good tug to ensure it’s tightly secured
  • If you place your tree inside your car, do not obscure the driver’s vision
  • Drive slowly and avoid driving on freeways

If you don’t think you’re up to the challenge, have your tree delivered. Most lots have a same day or next day delivery service. It can save you trouble, and protect your vehicle from any damage caused by sap or branches.

Who Can Be Liable?

Sometimes even with all the safety precautions you make, a Christmas tree can cause a car accident. Responsibility can fall to several different parties.

If an employee of the tree lot fastened the Christmas tree to your car and the tree falls off, the company could be found liable. The driver with the Christmas tree is also going to be responsible. It’s the driver’s responsibility to make sure any load is properly secured and to operate the vehicle at a safe speed.

If you hit a Christmas tree in the middle of the road, you may be able to purse a car accident claim. Remain on the scene, get a police report, and take pictures. Check to see if the tree owners come back. If no one shows up, you may be able to use your uninsured motorist coverage.

Questions? The Bergener Mirejovsky  team is here to help. Call us today at 1-800-881-2021 for a free case review any hour of the day.

That means we charge you nothing unless we reach a successful settlement of your claim. If we don’t get you compensated for your damages, you don’t pay us a dime.