Are you going on vacation and are you thinking of taking your PC to your house in town? Surely you carry the car fully loaded with suitcases and other belongings, so you may wonder if it is better to carry the PC in the trunk or in the back seat … the answer according to the law (because it is something typified in the law ) It is a bit confusing, but in this article we are going to get you out of doubt.
When there is no free space in the trunk of the car, the rear seats are often used to continue loading the vehicle with more and more objects. The problem is that, although this is a practice that we all do from time to time (even when you go shopping, it is common to put the bags in the back instead of in the trunk) you should know that it can lead to you having to pay a fine .
Beware of the fine if you take your PC on vacation
The holidays have finally arrived! You unplug the PC and get ready to charge it in the car to take it to town but… how should you do it?
The law is quite clear in this regard: article 14 of the General Circulation Regulations says that «The cargo transported in a vehicle, as well as the accessories used for its conditioning or protection, must be arranged and, if necessary, subject to in such a way that they cannot drag, fall totally or partially, or move in a dangerous way. Failure to comply with this premise can lead to fines of 200 Euros .
In short, the law does not specifically say that you cannot carry the PC in the back seats of your car, but it does clearly indicate that in this case it must be properly secured so that it does not move in any way. Remember that according to the General Directorate of Traffic, inertia causes any loose object in the back to multiply its weight by 40 when braking at 50 km/h. This means that, for example, a PC weighing 10 Kg will cause a forward impact of 400 Kg.
Therefore, the safest and most recommended thing is that you always carry the PC in the trunk of the car and not in the back seats, but if you have no choice but to carry it in the seats, make sure that you hold it correctly (and not ok with tying the seat belt, you will have to use octopuses or a similar anchoring tool to ensure that it does not move from its place). And not only for the 200 Euros of fine that can fall on you, but also for your own safety.
An extra recommendation if you take the PC
Ok, after reading this article you already know where and how you should take your PC on vacation in the car, but there is also an additional consideration that you must take into account: no matter how well tied and fastened you take it, the PC still has components internal ones that can suffer, and will suffer, inertia. This means that elements such as the graphics card, which is attached to the PCI-Express socket of the board and the case (that is, only on two sides) or the processor’s heatsink if it is made of air, which is attached only to the socket, can to suffer such inertia that a misfortune occurs.
Therefore, if you are going to transport the PC, our recommendation is that you disassemble the graphics card and take it aside (this is something very simple, it is to remove the screws that anchor it to the box and remove it from the PCI-Express socket), correctly protected, and in the event that you have a tower-type heatsink, that you also disassemble it or that you pad the inside of the PC, preferably with bubble wrap, foam rubber or something similar that cushions these inertias and prevents anything from breaking.