It's that time of year when millions of Americans set out in search of the perfect Christmas tree, then haphazardly 'tie one on' - a dangerous practice for those who don't know the ropes.
According to a new AAA survey, an estimated 20 million Americans who purchased a real Christmas tree in the last three years did not properly secure it to their vehicle, risking serious vehicle damage and endangering others on the road.
Vehicle damage that results from an improperly secured Christmas tree, such as scratched paint, torn door seals and distorted window frames, could cost up to $1,500 to repair.
In addition to the vehicle damage, Christmas trees that are not properly secured are a safety hazard for other drivers.
"Throwing a tree on a vehicle and carelessly tying it on could be a costly mistake, not just because of damage to the vehicle, but because of the danger it presents if it comes loose," says Amy Parmenter, spokesperson for AAA in greater Hartford.
According to research by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, road debris (such as a Christmas tree flying off a car) was responsible for more than 200,000 crashes that resulted in 39,000 injuries and 500 deaths over the past four years. And, about two-thirds of debris-related crashes are the result of improperly secured items falling from a vehicle.
AAA urges all drivers to transport their Christmas trees safely this holiday season. (Here is video of the proper way to transport a tree on top of a vehicle).
Fortunately, Christmas trees can be safely transported by taking the following steps:
Drivers can face hefty fines and penalties if an unsecured tree falls off their vehicle.
Drivers can prevent injuries and avoid penalties by properly securing their loads to prevent items from falling off the vehicle.
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