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AAA warns of Christmas tree shipping dangers in new report

Posted: 7:22 AM, Dec 08, 2019
Updated: 2019-12-08 15:31:42-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — According to a new report from AAA, 84 million Americans will buy a real Christmas tree this season and bring it home from a retailer on their car.

The report found 44% of buyers would transport their tree in an unsafe way, and 16% of people surveyed said that they've had a tree fall off of their car while transporting it home.

"It's one of those things where people are excited about Christmas," said Sergio Avila with AAA, "people just want to get it home."

Avila said the best way to get a tree home is to bring a car suited for carrying one with a roof rack, or a pick-up truck with a bed where the tree can be properly secured.

He said the tree's trunk should be facing the front of your car while on the roof, it should be wrapped by the seller, and sturdy ties should be anchored to the trunk, middle, and top of the tree.

Drivers should avoid driving fast and use back-roads if possible as trees easily catch wind forcing it off of the roof.