Is it illegal to sleep in your car in Tennessee?

Sometimes You Just Need to Sleep

If you've ever been on a long road trip, you've likely had the experience where you start to get tired. It becomes harder to stay focused on the road, and you realize it is just time to take a little nap. Perhaps you are just trying to travel inexpensively and don't want to shell out a ton of cash for a room or maybe you have found yourself with no other option but to sleep in your car.

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Tennessee Does Not Allow Overnight Parking at Rest Stops

Whatever the reason, if you find yourself in need of slumber in your car Tennessee, there are some things you need to know. First, the state does not allow overnight parking at rest stops, according to So you can forget about sleeping in your car there.

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You May Be Able to Squeeze in a Quick Nap

Some 24-hour retailers, and even church parking lots might be an option for you, according to They say stopping in a location like this for a quick nap may work out in your favor, but again, you won't want to stay too long, and definitely not overnight.

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No Sleeping In Your Car on Public or Private Property

A quick nap and staying the night in your car seems to be the biggest difference between what makes it legal or illegal. DirectAuto points out that many cities in Tennessee prohibit sleeping in your car regardless of if it is on public or private property.

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