how to live in your car

how to live in your car

How To Live In Your Car

Video about storage in a car Staying in contact. Mobile phones allow you to stay in contact these days. In car chargers are usually cheap and simple to use. You can also use email if you know where to access free Wireless Internet, or if your local library has free Internet. I would suggest searching for “Wifi” or “free Wifi” in a search engine to find out more about how to use it and where it is. There is more on other pages in this site about using Wifi and mobile phones. Tap into resources that can help you. In Australia we have a good social security system. The money you get when unemployed is thankfully enough to live on. Yes, you can live in a small rented flat with a small degree of comfort on unemployment benefit. You can also get rent and bond assistance, so look into that. If you are living in your car, get yourself a space in a caravan park and inquire about board assistance from Centerlink. If you have a spot in a caravan park you can put up a tent in better weather and stretch out to sleep. Caravan parks almost always have showers and most I’ve stayed in have barbecues. Saint Vincent’s, the Red Cross and many local councils can help you. Being non religious, I don’t like going to religious organisations myself, but they can help. Mind you, I refuse to use those that denigrate people, accusing them of sinning or making them prey in return for assistance. Keep your car in good mechanical condition. Plan for things like registration and insurance renewals. Make sure you have the money for these annual costs. You do not want to end up getting fined for driving an unregistered car or have an accident and then end up in debt to your eyeballs for damages. I have to admit that insurance seems like throwing away money, until you need the insurance. There are a lot of free resources on how to maintain your car. I have some basic information on this site, but if you look on YouTube you’re bound to find lots of videos on basic car maintenance. Some things you should learn to do are changing spark plugs, changing oil filters, changing your leads, changing air filters and finally, changing fuel filters. These are pretty easy. Learning how to do these things will save you a lot of money. Changing filters and oil will keep your car running well. The one thing I recommend that you never touch though is brakes. Leave them up to the professionals unless you really know what you are doing. Move on to learning more tips and advice for living in a car. I suggest you explore the rest of this site for advice and tips for living in a car or van. I’ve lived in cars for extended periods, and have lived in a van (well a small bus) now for several years. I’ve picked up tips that I have learned the hard way, and that I have picked up from others. I hope that some of them will make your life living in a car an easier one. Read about keeping warm in a car, using electricity in a car and how to use computers in a car. Links:
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How To Live In Your Car

Warnings Don’t drink alcohol. Don’t even bring any alcohol into your car. If cops find you with alcohol in your blood or in your car, you could get in serious trouble, even if you’re not driving at the time. Never sleep in the driver seat if you can avoid it. Your body will quickly associate that seat with sleeping, creating risks when you are driving – especially when you’re tired. Recline the passenger seat or lie down in the back if there is room. If you are sleeping in the car on a regular basis, do as few other things in the car as possible. Don’t eat, read, or anything else that will cause you to spend more time than necessary in the car. The more time you spend in it, the more smells will accumulate. Be careful who you tell that you’re living in a car. If they’re not likely to provide assistance, then don’t bother, because you might end up endangering yourself. Be aware that having a gun in the car carries its risks. If you are startled awake and point the gun at the wrong person (i.e. a cop tapping on the window), you can wind up being shot yourself. Stay sober at all times. A clear mind is your best safety and security tool. Be smart, courteous and truthful and you will not be a threat. If you have been homeless for a while, you may not have money for car insurance. Be aware that you can be considered a vagrant. Your car may be impounded. Always ensure adequate air-flow in the car’s cabin. Make sure you don’t shut off the air-flow through the vents, and don’t use a car cover. Your car is a weapon if you stay inside it. Remember that. If a police officer tells you to do anything, follow directions exactly as told, or they are authorized to use deadly force against you, if you are still inside the car. Never move any body part until told to do so. Avoid driving the car. While it seems harmless, police do not take kindly to marginalized people. A danger is that they may write a report about you to a government office in the hope that they’ll cancel your license.
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How To Live In Your Car

Don’t drink alcohol. Don’t even bring any alcohol into your car. If cops find you with alcohol in your blood or in your car, you could get in serious trouble, even if you’re not driving at the time. Never sleep in the driver seat if you can avoid it. Your body will quickly associate that seat with sleeping, creating risks when you are driving – especially when you’re tired. Recline the passenger seat or lie down in the back if there is room. If you are sleeping in the car on a regular basis, do as few other things in the car as possible. Don’t eat, read, or anything else that will cause you to spend more time than necessary in the car. The more time you spend in it, the more smells will accumulate. Be careful who you tell that you’re living in a car. If they’re not likely to provide assistance, then don’t bother, because you might end up endangering yourself. Be aware that having a gun in the car carries its risks. If you are startled awake and point the gun at the wrong person (i.e. a cop tapping on the window), you can wind up being shot yourself. Stay sober at all times. A clear mind is your best safety and security tool. Be smart, courteous and truthful and you will not be a threat. If you have been homeless for a while, you may not have money for car insurance. Be aware that you can be considered a vagrant. Your car may be impounded. Always ensure adequate air-flow in the car’s cabin. Make sure you don’t shut off the air-flow through the vents, and don’t use a car cover. Your car is a weapon if you stay inside it. Remember that. If a police officer tells you to do anything, follow directions exactly as told, or they are authorized to use deadly force against you, if you are still inside the car. Never move any body part until told to do so. Avoid driving the car. While it seems harmless, police do not take kindly to marginalized people. A danger is that they may write a report about you to a government office in the hope that they’ll cancel your license.
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How To Live In Your Car

Tips Pay attention to your instincts. If a parking spot feels weird for any reason, find yourself a new one. Make sure you have vehicle documentation and insurance. Without them, your problems will increase. Never park near a school or any other educational building. Someone is sure to call the police. Tint your windows for privacy; tinting works better than using barriers (blankets etc.) because it enables you to see out while others cannot see in. This could be helpful when trying to live unnoticed. Barriers also attract attention and advertise what you are doing, while tinted windows are very common on many cars. Sleeping will likely be a challenge at first because there is a good chance that your vehicle is not large enough for you to fully stretch out your body. Find a position where you can comfortably sleep with your legs bent or against your chest. Alternatively, you can try sitting up in the back seat and propping a pillow against the wall of the car. If you are spending the night in your car and you have been drinking alcohol, do not have the keys in the ignition, If it is winter and you need to run the car for heat, move over to the passenger or back seat. Otherwise, you could get a DUI/DWI just for being in your car. Get an automobile association membership. This will help you if you drain your battery, or break down. If you wear contact lenses you will need a disinfectant for your hands. Better yet, wear glasses. If your car has the capacity, install a hanging bar. This will provide a bit more storage space as well as keep clothes wrinkle-free for job interviews, etc. Set aside some money for gas and vehicle maintenance as you may idle your vehicle for a long time. If you are on food stamps, and can’t afford deodorant or car deodorizer, baking soda is really good substitute that food stamps can buy. Also cheap dollar store hydrogen peroxide along with baking soda, are a phenomenal toothpaste. If for some reason you cannot bathe for a day or two, baking soda will make your hair clean and grease free. Using swimming pools for shower can be very cost effective. A single time swim costs around $5 and there are options for month passes at many public pools. Always have a purpose for being or going somewhere, such as to apply for a job via the hotel computer, etc. You may get the job! If you are living alone and you have a large passenger vehicle, you can take out the unneeded seats. Not only will this make your car more roomy, it will increase gas mileage. An outdoors shop, like REI in the U.S. or Mountain Equipment Co-Op in Canada, is a great place to get cheap things you’ll need to live outside of an apartment. Be aware that if you carry an unlicensed gun in Australia that there are extremely stiff penalties for doing so. Make sure your car is clean especially the carpet. Its highly recommended that you put a clean blanket or sheet of fabric on the floor of the car so you don’t get sick or dirty. Also don’t forget to wash the “carpet liner” so you don’t get sick or dirty from laying on the carpet. If you’re looking for some food, try going to dumpsters behind restaurants and look for leftover, unspoiled food. Don’t forget to boil the food first since boiling kills the unwanted microorganisms. Ensure that you NEVER park near a construction site. Not only would this seem suspicious, your car could get damaged with the construction vehicles. Also ensure you have hand sanitizer, or antibacterial wipes for hand hygiene. If you can afford it, grab McDonalds, Taco Bell, Burger King, or any fast food in your area. Not the healthiest option, but better than nothing. Personal safety should always be your number-one priority. Keep your keys near (but not in) the ignition so you can drive off on a moment’s notice. Knives used for food preparation and tire irons can be used as weapons. Pepper spray is another option. You may want to learn your state’s gun laws and purchase a handgun or other firearm if you do not already own one. Criminals seek out people who appear vulnerable, or travel alone. Sometimes the sound of a cocked gun will be sufficient enough to deter a potential mugger. However, be aware that if police become aware that you have a gun, they may shoot you for possessing a weapon. Police generally do not regard homeless people well and there has been many unfortunate cases of shootings of homeless people (even unarmed ones) by police. Remember, you are not alone and you have a vehicle. Lots of people have survived and even thrived while sleeping in cars.

How To Live In Your Car

How To Live In Your Car
How To Live In Your Car
How To Live In Your Car

Published on Jun 9, 2017 | Under Car | By michael ellis
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