It's that time of the year when it gets darker earlier and stays darker longer. This can seriously affect some people. It can also impact our sleep.

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?

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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
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Or maybe you're just tracking a road trip!

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Like Iowa, Wisconsin is pretty laid back about sleeping in your car. You are allowed to do it, but there are a few rules, and regulations. You can learn more here...

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

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Laws And Restrictions

An obvious one is that you must be parked legally to take a nap in your car.

You can sleep in your car at any Wisconsin State rest area or wayside, day or night, but for no more than 24 hours. Parking rules and ordinances will vary from town to town and region to region, so it's best to read all parking signs carefully and check out the state DMV's or municipality's website.

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If you are approached by a police officer, you should have your license, registration and proof of insurance ready. In certain circumstances, you can get an OUI ("operating under the influence") for sleeping in your car while intoxicated in this state.


As always stay safe and use your best judgment.

Essential Winter Emergency Kit Items

Winter season in the Quad Cities means cold temperatures, heavy snow, and slick roads. Hopefully, you won't ever need to tap into your winter emergency kit, but it's better to have one in your car than to be unprepared. Make sure you have these essential items in your car before winter arrives in the Quad Cities.

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