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A Guide to Vehicle Roof Racks

Roof racks are some of the best options when you are looking for a way to increase your capacity. Below is some essential information about roof racks, how to choose one and some other great information about them and how to use them.

Choosing the Right Roof Rack

Do you have a vehicle without a rack on the roof? Don’t worry, there are racks that you can purchase. There are guides online that you can use to enter your vehicle’s model, year and make to make sure you’re getting the right one. Roof racks are very versatile and they leave additional room inside the car for the passengers.

Roof Rack Benefits

There are a variety of benefits that you will find to using a roof rack. A rack will increase your vehicle’s storage space, increase your vehicle’s leg room, and give your sporting equipment a great platform to transport it. This final thing is essential since if you aren’t securing your sporting equipment correctly to the vehicle, it often becomes dangerous both for you and other drivers on the road.

How Roof Racks are Used

The majority of roof racks have three components – mounts, side rails and towers. The towers get attached to the rack’s rails and the mounts are what holds the rack onto the vehicle. In order to secure your items to your racks, tie your equipment down using four contact points. This is going to provide you with the majority of security. When you are tying your equipment down, the straps should be held tightly so there is no need for you to tie a lot of knots. The straps should be wrapped around your equipment a variety of times and on all of the four areas, to make sure that your equipment has been secured properly to your roof rack.

Roof Rack Potential Problems

Some of the common problems that people have discovered with their roof racks which include dusting collecting beneath the feet, which then rubs away the vehicle’s clear coat. The straps also can scratch the vehicle’s paint and the roof rack can shift when there are high winds. It’s a good idea to regularly check your roof rack so that you’re sure it’s secured properly on the top of the vehicle.

If you have decided to get your own roof rack for a vehicle, below are some do’s and don’ts of having and using roof racks.


  • Make sure you’re using the right cam straps for securing the load
  • Use it to carry bulky gear you can’t get into your vehicle
  • Use it for carrying dirty gear such as firewood
  • Use your rack accessories locks, since they are backup security to the rack’s securing mechanism.


  • Use twine or bungee cords for securing gear
  • Overload your rack system’s capacity
  • Leave rack accessories or gear on the vehicle when it’s not being used, such as your ski rack when it’s summer time.

As you can see, having a rack on your car is a good choice. If you are always having to shuffle things around in your vehicle or having to take two vehicles, maybe it’s time to get your vehicle its own roof rack.

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