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Frequently Asked Questions

Roof racks

Mounted on the roof of the car, roof racks are used to carry large items (e.g. bicycles), increasing the vehicle’s storage capacity. They may reduce the vehicle’s stability and so it's safety and increase fuel consumption. With every kilogram added to the roof, the center of gravity moves toward the top of that vehicle. On bendy roads, this can lead to accidents if the driver is not careful when braking. It is best to avoid using a roof rack and choose another storage option for example a rear mounted biicycle rack. If this is not possible, make sure you adjust your driving style to the transported weight. Prior to driving off, the roof rack's security should be checked for tightness and centering.