You might need to park overnight in a public area for many reasons. Maybe you must rest after a long day of driving, and all the local hotels are booked. Or, you need a safe place to sleep because you’re living out of your car.
One option you may have is to park overnight at a Dollar General. These popular stores are in even the smallest of towns and always seem to be just off major roads. As a bonus, you can shop there in the morning to stock up on essentials. Learn what you need to know before parking overnight at Dollar General.
It might be illegal to park overnight in some cities
In the U.S., it is not illegal to sleep in your parked car. However, you can’t just park and nod off anywhere you’d like. Cities and property owners can have rules that limit or ban overnight parking. It could lead to trespassing if you park on private property.
You’ll need to research before spending the night in your car at a Dollar General. You can call the local police department’s non-emergency number to verify the town’s parking rules. Some cities post their parking rules at the city limits, next to the “Welcome to…” signs.
Take extra care in northern states during cold weather, when special “winter parking” rules may be in effect. Most snow removal is done at night, so it doesn’t interfere with daytime traffic. You don’t want to be woken up by an angry snow plow driver!