Driving with Roof Racks

Fitting any type of carrier to the outside of your car can be dangerous if not carried out correctly. Try to follow these tips when adding a roof rack, bike rack or roof box to your vehicle.

  • Any carrying device must be fitted properly to prevent damage to your car and property, as well as to avoid creating a hazard to other drivers. Always follow the manufacturer's instructions to the letter, and ask a mechanic or your local dealer if in you're at all unsure.
  • Make sure that rear-mounted bike carriers don't obstruct the view of your number plate or block your lights when they are loaded. If they do, you will need to fit a supplementary light board.
  • Take care when attaching and loading carriers, as it can be very easy to scratch your vehicle's paintwork.
  • Check your instructions to find out the maximum carrying capacity of the attachment - make sure that you don't exceed it.
  • Before you set off, double check that the carrier's fastenings are absolutely secure. If you are driving a long way, stop during the journey to make sure that they are still secure.
  • When your car is loaded, you may notice a difference in how your car handles. Always drive with extra care and attention.
  • If you have fitted a roof rack or box, it may be worth putting a note on your dashboard to remind you to avoid places with low headroom, such as multi storey car parks.
  • Finally, it's worth remembering that exterior attachments cause drag and in addition to altering your car's handling, this will also significantly reduce its fuel economy. Always remove attachments when they are not needed.