You may know that Google is tracking you, but most people don't realize the extent of it. Luckily, there are simple steps you can take to dramatically reduce Google's tracking. Park it after dark and leave before it gets light to avoid drawing attention to yourself and your situation. Crack the windows to allow moisture to escape so you don't steam up the car windows — a HUGE sign someone is sleeping inside.
Park at hour stores like Walmart, SAMS Club, and truck stops where other people are also sleeping in their vehicles. Park in apartment complexes or on the streets outside an apartment complex. Some apartments require a parking sticker or have assigned parking places.
Look for signs of stickers and decals and avoid those complexes. Anyone can park on the str Anyone can park on the street. It's a car. You're sleeping in it. Don't decorate it like your bedroom. Keep it simple. A sunshade on the dash is okay, but don't hang curtains and towels and crap around the inside.
People rarely look at a car unless it stands out. Just don't stand out. When you put up curtains etc. Once you decide where to park for the night, don't get out of the car once you park. Slaming doors, moving around etc. If people are looking at you sitting there, then pull out a map and a cellphone and look like you're lost. Don't "set up camp. Don't put out a chair and barbque grill some folks do!!! Don't sit on the curb to smoke, or eat, or drink.
Just pull up, lie down, sleep. Get up and MOVE the car and park somewhere else before it gets light or as it gets light. Get a sleeping bag to sleep in. No towels and blankets and comforters and all that crap. Sleeping bag. ONE towel. Put the towel over your head to hide the fact you are a person sleeping in a car. If you have a bunch of personal stuff because you're living in your car, put as much of it in the trunk as you can.
Put everything else in storage bins. Put the bins on the floor boards or seat and sleep on top of them. Better yet, get rid of all that stuff. Places to sleep during the day without getting hassled are parking garages. There is a lot of noise, but hey, you're not likely to get hassled.
Hospital parking lots Emergency room lots , Churches with their permission , construction lots talk to the foreman if you're a guy with a truck. Some will let you park there as a security measure if you seem honest, clean and drug free.
If you ask the manager, explain you're traveling and just want to rest for hours before getting back on the road, most will let you park there, especially if you show them your driver's license to show you're legit. Any street, cul-de-sac or neighborhood with multiple cars in the driveways is a good place to park.
Again, arrive after dark, leave when you start hearing other cars leave. If you can get a night job and sleep during the day, you're much less likely to be hassled. Find a nice bar or restaurant, like something at a hotel that's open to the public. Don't park near the door. You can usually sleep there with no problems until the bar closes - about a. If your story is, "I had a few drinks and am sleeping it off," expect to get rousted to walk a line and prove you're not drunk.
Some states will charge you with drunk driving if you have the keys in the ignition even if the car is not running. Any other time my advice is to LEAVE the keys in the ignition or A key so you can get up and get out quickly, without having to find the darn keys if you have to. Learn to "cat nap" and sleep hours in different locations. Never park in the same spot two nights in a row, no matter how great a spot it was.
Police look for patterns, so don't develop any. If they know you park somewhere every Friday, or Monday, they'll be there when they're bored, rousting you up and out. It's not fun. It's a pain to find a new place every night, but do it. If you're told to leave, then leave. No arguments, no attitude, no "I have a right to be here BS. Going back means you're trespassing and they can arrest you the next time. Do not sleep in business parking lots — especially those with signs saying "no parking. If you MUST sleep in a business parking lot, make it an auto repair place and make sure you have work done there the next day, even if it's just an oil change or you buy a part.
Most grocery store lots are patrolled by security. Buy something in the store and leave the bag on the front seat. You're a customer, you have a right to be there. It may just get you ousted instead of arrested. If you are a veteran or a member of some club, check with the Elks, or Moose Lodge or whatever and ask to sleep in their parking lot. People like to be asked. Do not leave trash, use the bathroom in the parking lot, or leave any evidence that you were there. People notice.
Be friendly. If people ask what you're doing there, tell them. Be honest as you can, or have a good story. Cops have awesome bullshit meters and if you lie they'll know it and think you're up to no good. Better to say, "I'm homeless and don't have anywhere to sleep tonight and I thought I'd crash here, but if that's a problem, I'm happy to move on. They just don't want troublemakers, criminals or thieves on their beat. Once they figure you're compliant, not a troublemaker and willing to cooperate, most will leave you alone, or tell you where you can sleep.
Be polite. Lose the attitude. They can be your best friend if you're on the street and in trouble. But it all depends on your attitude. Good luck! You'll learn a lot. Once you feel comfortable you'll be able to pull over and nap on long trips, and save your life by not driving drowsy. Park at any Walmart in the back of the lot. Use a sunshade on your windshield. Do not cover your other windows at all. Lie in the back seat, if possible, make sure you use a blanket and wear clothes. The security guys know what you are doing and allow it most all the time.
I used to work graveyard full time and then would go straight to school after and would sleep between classes in the school parking lot. Are you commuting cross country?
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