A tip of the ballcap to Lefty Kreh for this tip: Always put your fly rod on the windshield of your car, not on top. I once put a rod on the top of my old car and now I no longer have the old car or the rod.
Last Monday I put my stuff int he back of the car, jumped in and started to fire up the troutmobile when...you guessed it...my fly rod was on the windshield.
Again, thanks to Lefty's tip my rod tip did not get run over.
It probably works with cups of coffee also, but you probably never did anything like that. Right?