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

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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. (Published Tuesday, Dec 11, 2012)

    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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