Funny Business with Jane Wells

A Killer Gift

It may be against the law in many states to talk on a cellphone or text while driving, but I don't see any law anywhere that says you can't work on a computer while at the wheel!

Laptop Steering Wheel Desk

With that in mind, here is the perfect holiday gift for the multi-tasker you love: the AutoExec WM-01 Wheelmate Steering Wheel Desk Tray.

This tray provides the perfect desk for a driver to surf the web while dodging traffic.

This is not a hoax. It is a real item.

The manufacturer, MobileOffice, is selling them on as a "Laptop Steering Wheel Desk" for $18.75 it "Attaches to your steering wheel for easy access...flat for writing and perfect for lunch or a snack," the product description says. "For safety reasons, never use this product while driving."


The best part of the listing is the customer feedback.

auto accident
Source: C. W. Garrison |

Some Amazon users have submitted images of the car laptop desk at work, and it isn't pretty.

Then there are the customer reviews, none of which appear real:

"I loved my Laptop Steering Wheel Desk so much I got one for my 90yr old mother." writes one "buyer". "She is an avid crossword puzzle fan and now she can work on them while she is driving back and forth from bingo at the senior center. One cautionary note be careful of those jerks that stop at yellow lights, my poor mother rear ended one and the airbag drove the desk back into her stomach which ruptured her spleen."

"My copilot and I both used these during our 'daily grind' transcontinental flights from San Diego to Minneapolis," wrote another "buyer" spoofing the Northwest Flight 188 story. "With our laptops firmly in place we were able to focus our attention on what really mattered, participating in raids with our WoW clan. During our last flight we were so immersed in trying to take down Eranikus that we overshot Minneapolis by a full hour and a half before some annoying flight attendant interrupted us, babbling something about 'FAA and F16 fighters.' We'll definitely use this product again at our next gig, whatever and whenever that happens to be..."

And if you think this is crazy, check out the even bigger "car desk with printer", for $259.

Laptop Car Desk with Printer Stand

It's also real, and brings new meaning to "telecommuting".

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