You undoubtedly already know that it’s not illegal to sleep in your car; you’ve probably read the signs on the highway asking you to pull over when you feel drowsy. Still, there are appropriate and inappropriate ways to go about it.
Is it illegal to sleep in your car?
In the UK, sleeping in your car is only considered unlawful if you are driving while intoxicated, parking illegally, or both.
Even if the keys aren’t in the ignition, you could still face charges if you’re found dozing off in a car while intoxicated. Depending on how serious the offense was, you might face up to three months in jail, a heavy fine, up to ten points on your license, and a driving prohibition if you are found guilty.
Where can I legally sleep in my car in the UK?
- Parking lots keep in mind that not all parking lots provide overnight parking, so be sure to check the hours of operation.
- Service stations take sure to check the duration of your stay, as many have a two to three-hour limit.
- in a street where there are no parking regulations, such as a residential area, as long as you park away from double yellow lines and don’t obstruct anyone’s driveway.
- on private land—as long as the proprietor grants you permission to do so.
Tips for sleeping in your car
- Park in a well-lit, secure place.
- To ensure that nobody can enter the car and that you don’t unintentionally trigger the alarm while you’re asleep, make sure you lock the car doors from the inside.
- It is advisable to park where other cars are present if you are at a service station or in a parking lot.
- Turn off the ignition and all electrical devices, including the radio, air conditioning, and interior lights, if you want to take a longer nap than a few minutes. This will help to keep the battery from dying.
- Don’t ever run the engine alone. Remove the keys from the ignition and store them somewhere secure and hidden, such the glove compartment.
- Set an alarm on your phone or another mobile device to prevent oversleeping.
- Since you are not confined by the steering wheel or pedals, it is typically more comfortable to rest in one of the passenger seats.
- Keeping a few blankets and neck pillows in the car is a smart idea for lengthy road trips in case you need to pull over.
- If it’s comfy for you, open a window a little bit to let some fresh air in.
- Always have water and food available.