Driving tired is always dangerous, but we all have busy lives which may put us behind the wheel when we aren't at 100% sometimes a quick car nap is all you need to feel better, but is it legal to sleep in your parked car?

sleepy tired fatigued man driving car in traffic

Reasons for being tired

There are plenty of reasons one might be having an off day.

  • Excess physical activity
  • Jet lag disorder
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Medications, such as antihistamines, cough medicines
  • Not enough sleep
  • Unhealthy eating habits
Stressed woman drive car feeling sad and angry.

Or maybe you're just tracking a road trip!

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Like most other states Illinois does allow you to sleep in your car, but they do have a good number of requirements and set areas where you can and can't do this.

It Is Legal To Sleep In Your Car In The State Of Illinois  In Certain Areas.

You can learn more here...


Laws And Restrictions

The first restriction is that you can only sleep in your car at rest areas... you can see a list of those areas here.

This one will make it hard to spend the night...  Illinois has on the books that you can only park in rest areas for three hours. Thankfully according to multiple sources, law enforcement officers will let you sleep for safety reasons if you really need to. So in an emergency, you should be fine.

It should also be noted that Chicago and other big cities have stricter parking laws, so read all those parking signs carefully.

Finally, no matter where you are parked, In Illinois, you can be arrested for sleeping in your car while intoxicated.

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