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Roof Box on the Car and Safety in Traffic: What You Need to Know

Roof Boxes for Cars: The Benefits and Value for Safe and Secure TransportRoof Boxes for Cars: The Benefits and Value for Safe and Secure Transport

Roof boxes are a convenient way to increase the cargo space of your car. Whether you’re going on a road trip or just need to carry some extra gear, a roof box can come in handy. However, it’s important to keep safety in mind when using a roof box. In this article, we’ll analyze a text from the Swedish magazine Teknikens Warld on roof boxes and safety in traffic.

The article starts by discussing the benefits of a roof box, such as increased storage space and the ability to carry bulky items. It then goes on to highlight some important safety considerations when using a roof box.

The maximum weight is limited

One of the first things to keep in mind is the weight limit of your roof box. The article notes that exceeding the weight limit can have serious safety implications. An overloaded roof box can affect the handling of your car and increase the risk of accidents. It’s important to check your car’s manual to find out the recommended weight limit for your roof box.

Saab SportCombi with Thule Roof Box: Stylish and Practical Storage for Your Adventures
Saab SportCombi with Thule Roof Box: Stylish and Practical Storage for Your Adventures

Maximum weight limits of roof racks for Saab cars

When it comes to Saab cars, the maximum load on the roof structure is generally limited to a maximum of 100kg, and you must include this weight in the total maximum load of the Saab. However, if you use some roof racks and suitcases from well-known brands such as those from the Thule company, they recommend that the maximum load should not exceed 75 kg.

However, the positive experiences of those who regularly use roof racks and boxes recommend a maximum load of 50 kg.

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Secure your roof box

The article also emphasizes the importance of properly securing your roof box. A poorly secured roof box can fly off your car and cause accidents. The article advises using a reputable brand of roof box and following the manufacturer’s instructions for installation. It’s also important to double-check that the roof box is securely fastened before setting off on your journey.

Increase in fuel consumption

Another safety consideration highlighted in the article is the effect of a roof box on your car’s aerodynamics. A roof box can increase wind resistance and reduce fuel efficiency. It’s important to keep this in mind when planning your journey, as you may need to make more frequent stops for refueling. The article also notes that a roof box can increase the risk of tipping over, especially in high winds.

Safety considerations

In addition to these safety considerations, the article also provides some practical tips for using a roof box. For example, it’s important to pack your roof box carefully to avoid damage to your belongings. The article recommends using packing cubes or other organizers to keep items in place during transport.

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The article also advises against carrying items that could be dangerous in the event of an accident, such as sharp or heavy objects. It’s important to consider the safety of all passengers in your car, not just those sitting in the front seats.

Are roof boxes worth the investment made on it?

Whether or not a roof box is worth the investment depends on individual circumstances and needs. However, for many people, a roof box can be a valuable investment for several reasons.

Firstly, as mentioned in the previous text, a roof box can significantly increase the storage capacity of your car. This can be especially useful for families or groups who need to carry a lot of luggage or equipment on a trip. A roof box can also be a great option for camping gear, allowing you to easily transport tents, sleeping bags, and other bulky items.

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Secondly, a roof box can contribute to safe and secure loading of your luggage. When properly installed and loaded, a roof box can help distribute weight evenly across the roof of the car and reduce the risk of overloading. This can be especially important for long journeys or when carrying heavy items, as it can help prevent accidents and ensure the safety of all passengers.

Thirdly, there are a variety of roof boxes available on the market, with different sizes, shapes, and price ranges to suit different needs and budgets. This means that there is likely a roof box out there that will fit your car and your specific requirements. Some roof boxes are even designed to be compatible with specific car models, further increasing the ease of installation and use.

Finally, many roof boxes are designed with aerodynamic features that can help reduce drag and improve fuel efficiency while driving. This can result in savings on gas or diesel costs over time, which can make the investment in a roof box more cost-effective in the long run.

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Roof Boxes: Useful and safe, if you follow the recommendations

Overall, the article from Teknikens Warld provides a comprehensive overview of the safety considerations involved in using a roof box. It’s important to keep these considerations in mind to ensure a safe and comfortable journey for you and your passengers. Using a roof box can be a great way to increase the storage capacity of your car. However, it’s important to keep safety in mind when using a roof box.

Goran Aničić
the authorGoran Aničić
For over 10 years, Goran Aničić has been passionately focused on Saab automobiles and everything related to them. His initial encounter with Saab cars took place back in 2003 when the first Saab 9-3 and sedan version were introduced. At that moment, he was captivated by the car's Scandinavian design logic and top-notch engineering, and everything that followed stemmed from that first encounter. Later on, through his work at the editorial team of the Serbian automotive magazines "Autostart" and later "AutoBild," he had the opportunity to engage more closely with Saab vehicles. In 2008, he tested the latest Saab cars of that time, such as the Saab 9-3 TTiD Aero and Saab 9-3 Turbo X. In 2010, as the sole blogger from the region, he participated in the Saab 9-5ng presentation in Trollhättan, Sweden. Alongside journalists from around the world, he got a firsthand experience of the pinnacle of technological offerings from Saab at that time. Currently, Goran owns two Saabs: a 2008 Saab 9-3 Vector Sportcombi with a manual transmission, and a Saab 9-3 Aero Griffin Sport Sedan from the last generation, which rolled off the production line in Trollhättan in December 2011.

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