Top 5 Roof Rack Safety Tips

Image Gallery: Camping Just because you have a roof rack, you don't have to put everything you own on it.

Road trips are a blast, with good music, good conversation and some interesting sights along the way. But being packed in like sardines in the car for hours? Not so much. Loading up a roof rack with your travel gear is a great way to let your passengers spread out, minimizing whining and increasing everyone's enjoyment.

Adding a load to the top of your car comes with some safety risks. If you don't want to be that person on the Interstate chasing down your personal belongings because they weren't secured properly, all the while darting between speeding cars and tractor trailers, then heed our warnings. Here's what you need to know before heading out on the open road.