We’ve all done it, whether it be a family holiday, transporting sports equipment or simply an unplanned shopping trip, we’ve all over packed the car! There’s various methods of squeezing everything into a car that is simply too small that we’ve all tried; whether it be putting down the back seats, feeding something between the two front seats or leaving the boot open, as much as many of us look back and laugh at these moments, they can actually be quite dangerous.
Overfilling the car effects the stability of the car and your ability to drive properly, which is why here at HandiWorld, we believe the safest way to carry cargo in your car is on the roof, hence we developed an external car storage solution that is quick and easy to set up but is still able to securely transport all your goods home!
We’re going to be sharing with you a few simple reasons why carrying your cargo on the roof is far safer than overfilling the car as well as introducing you to a couple of HandiWorld products that we truly believe could revolutionise the way you pack up the car!
One of the major problems with overfilling the car is that the weight distribution of the car is going to be seriously unbalanced, which can lead to not only making the car difficult to drive, but can put a lot of pressure on certain parts of the vehicle which could lead to damage!
If you’ve filled the boot with suitcases, flatpack furniture or anything else that is too heavy, the rear of the car is going to be far heavier than the front where the passengers are sat; this can lead to the car feeling heavy to drive and difficult to manoeuvre, but can also weigh down the suspension at the back of the car, which can cause damage to this and the tyres!
Our top car packing tip would always be to put the heaviest cargo on the roof, either inside a roof box like the HandiHoldall or simple attached securely to a roof rack, like the HandiRack. When you transport things on the roof of the car, the weight is positioned in the centre of the car, meaning it is distributed evenly over all four tyres and doesn’t weigh down one section of the car!
Most drivers will have experienced a trip where they didn’t have full view out of the back window of their vehicle because they’d overfilled it. If you’re going on a long drive for a family trip and the luggage is piled up so high that you can’t see out of the back window, this is going to seriously hinder your ability to see other vehicles and makes your rear-view mirror useless. Driving anywhere without a full view out of all mirrors and windows is dangerous, but motorways in particular can become very challenging if you haven’t got use of your rear-view mirror or back window, making changing lanes near impossible!
By moving all your cargo on to the roof, you have a full view out of all windows and mirrors, making driving easier and safer!
Another moment many drivers will have experienced when travelling with a car full of belongings, is the moment you press the brakes, and something comes flying from the back of the car, right to the front; as funny as this can be if no damage is done, this can be a real hazard and is something that should be avoided. Overfilling the car means your cargo isn’t stored securely and a lot of bags and belongings are free to move around which could be a real danger should you have to break harshly in an emergency.
When you combine the HandiRack and the HandiHoldall, you can travel with confidence that not only are your belongings being transported in a waterproof space, meaning they’re safe from damage, they’re also secured to the vehicle properly and won’t move should you have to stop harshly. By moving your luggage to the roof, you can also be sure than no one inside the vehicle is going to get hurt by flying possessions if you need to brake!
You may not think how comfortable you are when travelling has anything to do with your safety in the car, but if you’re sat in an awkward position to accommodate for your belongings, not only will you start to suffer with all kinds of aches and pains partway through the journey, but your seat belt may not be positioned properly, meaning it won’t have full effect should it need to support you.
For all passengers’ safety, you should be sat properly on your seat, facing forward, with your seatbelt flat across your body and by packing the car properly so luggage isn’t squashing anyone, you can ensure everyone is able to sit like this!
Whether you were on the hunt for road trip packing tips for an upcoming adventure or you’re simply exploring the benefits of external car storage, we hope you’ve found this useful! The HandiRack is a unique inflatable roof rack that can be simply and quickly fitted to the majority of car models and can hold up to 80kg of weight, that’s more than enough for all your belongings!
When you add the HandiHoldall to your car, you’ve provided yourself with an additional 320-litres of waterproof storage space, ensuring everything can be transported safely and securely, leaving you and your passengers more room to sit comfortably inside the car!
If you’ve improved your travelling experiences by using a roof rack and box, we’d love to know, so get in touch with us on social media!