Thanksgiving has come and gone, which means it is time for the most wonderful time of the year—Christmas. If you are getting ready to head out to your local Christmas tree farm to choose the perfect tree for your family, then it’s important you know exactly how to get your Christmas tree home. Here are some tips to make this adventure easy and to keep you from damaging either your tree or your vehicle.
Wrap the branches. The pine needles of your Christmas tree can do a lot of damage to your vehicle if they’re not properly secured. They can also shake lose during transit, resulting in a balding tree. To avoid damage to your tree and car, remember to wrap your tree in netting before you tie it to your roof. If you don’t have netting, then simply use a blanket or a tarp.
Point it the right way. Avoid any excess wind damage to your tree by pointing it in the right direction. The tree trunk should be pointed towards the front of the car to prevent your tree’s branches and needles from being damaged. This also helps you stay more aerodynamic, keeping you safer and more fuel-efficient.
Securely tie it. No one wants to lose their tree on the way home, so make sure it is tied tightly to the roof. If you don’t have roof rails, simply open the door of your car and loop a rope up, around your tree, and through your car. Do this multiple times to ensure your tree is secure, then close the doors. This will make sure you and your perfect tree get home safe and sound.
The innovative Hyundai IONIQ is now even more ground-breaking. During a press conference at the Automobility LA, which took place during the LA Auto Show, Hyundai introduced a new autonomous Hyundai IONIQ concept car that stands out significantly from other self-driving vehicles.
This new model is one of the few autonomous cars that has a hidden LiDAR system on its front bumper, rather than its roof. Typically, vehicles with self-driving technology will have a large, obtrusive radar system on its roof, making them appear more like a science project than an advanced vehicle. The IONIQ concept instead looks like a regular, everyday car, keeping the lineup’s suave silhouette and attractive exterior.
Hyundai’s hidden LiDAR system means the Autonomous IONIQ can detect the absolute position of surrounding vehicles and objects. This system also has three cameras that can detect pedestrians, lane markings, and traffic signals; Forward Facing Radar to aid in route planning; and a Blind Spot Detection system that makes simple lane changes safer. It even has a GPS antenna that determines the vehicle’s precise location at any given time. Three versions of this model is now in testing, along with two Autonomous Tucson Fuel Cell vehicles.
Currently, the production IONIQ offers a number of driver assistance technologies that make it as close to autonomous as possible. These technologies include Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Smart Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning, and Rear Cross-Traffic Assist.
To learn more about Hyundai’s current innovative technology offerings, make sure you stop into SouthTowne Hyundai.