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    How to transport your Christmas tree home safely

    Christmas is coming and while some might be fully prepared, many others still have several things to orgainse before Christmas morning. One of my favourite things to do at Christmas is to buy and decorate the Christmas tree, but finding the perfect tree and getting it home can sometimes be difficult.

    To help you out, the Auto Europe elf gives you a few tips on how to transport your tree home safely and according to the traffic laws.

    The tradition of the Christmas tree comes from Germany, and was first described in 1605, where an unknown author from southern Germany wrote about a tree decorated with hanging roses made from colourful paper, apples, wafers and sugar.

    The Christmas tree became popular in England a little later, when Queen Victoria's husband, Prince Albert, brought a Christmas tree home from Germany and set it up in Windsor Castle in 1841. The Christmas tree was then illustrated with the Royal couple and since then the tradition of decorating Christmas trees has become very popular in England where you can find many types of trees and decorations.

    If you decide to follow the old German tradition and buy a fir tree, it is always good to know how to transport it safely.

    Even for short distances, it is important to secure the tree, so that the driver can have a good view of the road during the whole journey while making sure that headlights, turn signals and tail lights are not covered. Make sure to fix the tree tightly so it does not slip when you break, as this can cause big accidents.

    When you put the Christmas tree on the roof, you should place the tip at the back so the branches are not damaged, while making sure that it is wrapped and does not stick out behind or in front of your car. However, if the tree is longer than the vehicle, a red flag must be fitted at the end of the tree behind the car.

    The safest way to transport a Christmas tree is if it is small enough to fit in the trunk or carry home on foot, if your home is not too far away.Good luck on transporting your tree and Merry Christmas from all of us at Auto Europe!

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