Rooftop Xmas Trees Go Flying

German video shows a test tree zooming off of the roof of a car after the driver applies the brakes

By Sharon Bernstein
|  Tuesday, Dec 11, 2012  |  Updated 2:16 PM PDT
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These tests by a German automobile association show that driving with a Christmas tree on top of your car can be pretty dangerous.

These tests by a German automobile association show that driving with a Christmas tree on top of your car can be pretty dangerous.

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Who knew that carting home your Christmas tree could be so dangerous?

In this video, testers from a German automobile club find out what happens when a car with a tree strapped to its roof has to stop suddenly.

It isn’t pretty.

The group advises people to secure trees tightly from more than one direction - with straps that ratchet closed.

Putting the tree inside the car is also dangerous, the group says, because it can block the driver’s field of vision.
 

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