| May 17, 2016

Cars, Manly Skills, Visual Guides

How to Tie a Load to the Top of Your Car

how to tie things to the top of your car illustration

From the pioneers who strapped armoires to wagons, to the Great Depression-era farmers who roped pianos to Model Ts, the tradition of loading up your ride with oversized items and cruising across the country is a rich one. Mattresses, kayaks, lumber, or simply suitcases that won’t fit in the trunk — whatever it is that doesn’t go in your car can often be carried on top, provided you take the right precautions and make sure your load is latched on.

Illustrated by Ted Slampyak

Last updated: August 17, 2017

Continue the Conversation ...

Want to share your thoughts on this article? Send us a tweet or join the discussion on Facebook!