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Helpful Tips for Moving Christmas Trees

As Americans begin to fully embrace the wintry, spirit of Christmas and its festive decor, the American Automobile Association (AAA) lends out some tips for safely transferring live Christmas trees.

About the Statistics and Dangers Surrounding Tree Transports

It is estimated that approximately 30 million Americans seek out live Christmas trees each year around the holiday season. As this astonishing number continues to rise each year as families follow special Christmas traditions, Mark Lenkins (AAA Florida spokesperson) suggests a critical problem with this winter activity. Through extensive consumer research and observed data over the years, AAA has reported several shocking facts pertaining to unsafe practices Americans follow in purchasing and moving their live trees. The facts are as follows:

  • Almost 50% (44% exact) of Americans use dangerous methods in attaching their trees to their vehicles and driving on public roads
  • 200,000 crashes and 39,000 injuries occurred in from the years 2014 to 2017 in result of road debris or unsecured Christmas trees landing in the middle of roads or crashing onto to other cars
  • Unsecured Christmas trees can cause expensive vehicle damage ranging from scratched paint, dents, or ruined window frames

Safety Tips and Precautions to Follow

Triple A suggests the following precaution tips to decrease the amounts of accidents due to tree related hazards:

  • Use durable, strong ropes and tie downs rather than thin, cheaper twine materials
  • Secure the tree’s branches in special netting and coverings
  • Strap the tree down in sections (top, middle, and rear) and test out the tree’s security by tugging on it
  • Try to utilize a vehicle with a roof rack where the bottom of the trunk can face the front of the vehicle and secure the tree
  • Use old blankets to protect car exterior

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