A roof rack can change the way you take to the road and set off on excursions. Have you ever thought, “Maybe I should take up mountain biking,” only to be put off because you have nowhere to put the bicycles? Get a roof rack and take up all the hobbies you have wanted to try. Roof racks make spontaneous adventure possible.
Benefits of a roof rack
A roof rack will increase the storage space of your vehicle dramatically. You will have more space for luggage and this solution is an easy and secure way to travel with all your other gear too. The roof rack even allows you to be flexible with the extra space it provides. Use it for your spare tyre (with a custom made cover, no less) or for the equipment that gets dirty and is therefore ill-suited to being stored in the interior of your car.
Uses for a roof rack
You can use the roof rack to travel with all your hobby gear. It is perfect for carrying your camping equipment as it leaves you plenty of legroom inside the vehicle. You can secure all the camping essentials like tents, chairs and sleeping bags to the top of your vehicle instead of inside it.
The roof rack is perfect for transporting gear that you need for sporting equipment. These sports include:
- Mountain biking
Tips for securing gear to your roof rack
Given all the space you will save if you have a roof rack, it is worth it to invest in something that can tie your equipment down; the rope should be sturdy and long enough to make knots and to be wrapped around your gear a few times. As a general rule you should tie your equipment with four points of contact to ensure it is secure and stays that way for the duration of your trip.
Don’t overload your roof rack. The weight limit of the car is usually lower than that of the roof rack so be careful of overdoing it.
The front and back of certain equipment such as surfboards and canoes must be secured or the items will not stay on the car. If all your equipment is secure, all that’s left to do is to drive at a speed that will ensure you retain your cargo.
Your roof rack means you will be all packed and ready for your next adventure without having to sacrifice any of your cooler boxes or braais!