When traveling in a car with a laptop, follow these safety tips:
Keep Your Laptop With You!
Do not leave the laptop visible when you leave your car – not even for a minute. Instead, take your laptop with you. Yes, it can be an extra burden to carry it into a restaurant or store, but this burden is easier to bear than replacing a stolen laptop.
If you do leave your laptop in the trunk of the car, avoid putting it in the trunk just prior to leaving your car—anyone watching knows it’s in there!
I’ve known several people who have had their laptops stolen from their cars even though they weren’t outright visible from within their laptop bags. It doesn’t matter if I only leave my car for a few minutes to run into a restaurant to pick up a meal … my laptop goes with me.
Avoid Projectile Laptops
While driving, keep your laptop in your laptop tote on the back seat of the car, preferably on the floor. This eliminates a laptop from being projected towards the dashboard (or towards you!) in the event of a sudden stop had it been sitting on the front passenger seat.
No Prolonged Exposure to Intense Heat and Cold
When you park your car outside in the summer, the temperature inside your car can reach 150 degrees Fahrenheit or more. Leaving a battery-powered device in your extremely hot car for more than about 2 hours can not only permanently shorten the battery’s life but also damage other parts, including the LCD screen, the plastic case, and the glue holding it together.