How To Use a Roof Rack

Whether it’s going on a picnic with your family and friends or trekking off road trails as a holiday getaway, there will always be plenty of stuff that needs to be brought along. But the problem is that the space in your car, van or truck may not always be enough to accommodate tit all - especially if it is big in size and weight. There may be extra space in your cabin or in the backseat perhaps, but no one wants to have long hours of driving packed up like sardines inside the car. Good thing there are added storage units and car accessories like roof racks. This can help you to maximize the storage capacity of the vehicle. It can also provide a strong and secure platform for big equipment that will not fit inside your car’s trunk like bikes, baskets, canoes or tent. In such cases, just choose from a wide array of bike racks, bike carriers, luggage racks, bicycle racks and other types of car roof racks.

Here’s how to use a roof rack.

  1. The size of what you will place in the roof rack must first be considered. Its size must match the size of your car rack. It would be better to choose the type of rack that will match your items. If you will be carrying a bike, better go for bike racks. For extra luggage, opt for a luggage rack. However, see to it that the roof rack you choose is indeed designed to be used for your vehicle.  If you are going to be taking more than one large item, choose what you will place in the rack or inside the car. Maximize the space both inside and outside of your car.
  2. Install the rack to where it should be. Be sure to follow the instructions of the manufacturer properly.
  3. Now, ensure that it is secured firmly in place. The mounting points should be double checked to ensure that it is properly tightened and stable.
  4. The next thing is to put the items on the roof rack – the bike if it’s a bike carrier or a bicycle rack or the luggage if it is designed as a luggage rack. If you have one or more items, let’s say a tent or a basket of added luggage, better place the biggest first although that may just depend on your preference.
  5. As the cargo has been attached to the roof rack systems, attach it in turn to the roof of the car using bungee cords, strong straps or any sturdy and flexible attachment devices or system. If there are signs of movement or instability, have it doubly secured to ensure that the items are really in place.  It’s not advisable to use rope since it can loosen in time especially during long hours of driving.
  6. Now, keep in mind that with the added accessories and items, your car is now heavier and higher than usual which can affect your car’s performance. You may be entering parking garages or areas that may not be suited to your car’s new height. Thus, the height must not be too high, or the weight too heavy.

It's that easy! Just remember the main thing you need to do is look for the strongest and the most appropriate type of roof rack for your travel needs.


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