If you're lucky enough to have a roof rack on your vehicle, you have the ability to carry extra cargo with little effort. However, loading the roof rack properly is critical to ensure a safe journey. Let's look at a few dos and don'ts of using a roof rack.

When loading anything on the rack, get help. It will make the job easier, plus prevent expensive damage to your paint job. Know the roof rack's weight limits. Loading too much could damage the roof. Tie everything down securely. Use a minimum of four cam-buckle straps, two going front to back, and two going side to side. For longer loads, like kayaks, tie the ends of the load to the front and back bumpers.

Check the speed ratings for the roof rack. To stay safe, stay below those limits. Before your next trip, come to Tom Scott Honda in Nampa, ID for service and maintenance.

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