From my understanding, mere nudity isn't against the law in US but the caveat is that many states have laws that leave things to open interpretation. For example, many states have laws which states that being nude and being lewd and lascivious is illegal. The meaning of lewd and lascivious is an open interpretation and majority of states do not define that. That being said, it all depends on police officers and other law enforcers to decide what constitutes as lewd and lascivious. Some, if not many, will think your nudity alone is lewd and lascivious.I have driven nude before and never been caught. To drive nude safely simply means to follow common sense. Do not do anything that will draw attention to yourself, obey the traffic laws, and exercise caution. Again it all boils down to common sense: do not speed, do not play your music loudly as that will attract attention, do not do it during rush hour, and/or do not go around exposing yourself. Also, if you can, take some precaution by getting your windows legally tinted and ensuring you have clothes you can quickly and easily put on if problem arises.
And make sure some other driver doesn't cause you to be in an accident.
I have driven naked in 19 US states and so far, no problem. I drive nude on long trips and when I'm returning from nude recreation (skinnydipping, hiking, etc) when I haven't needed to get dressed to reach the car. In some states it's established as not illegal (TX, CA are two), but I agree with a previous poster that in many cases the laws on what constitutes disturbing the peace are probably open to interpretation. I sort of look at driving naked in the same category of hiking on public lands; you just use good judgment and accept that there is a small risk. So be careful, and as previous posters suggested, don't speed or otherwise break traffic laws.
My preference is to drive totally bare, it's great for maintaining a more uniform body temperature, there's less chafing than in pants, and it's just more comfortable. But I always have a pair of shorts in arm's reach for a quick slip on. I cover my lap for buses, I no longer worry about big rigs. I do not skinnydrive (a new coined term?) on city streets, only on two lane highways, rural roads and interstates.
Good luck if you decide to try it, OP!
Technically NO, but once you step out of the vehicle you are in public and that changes depending where you are. Just drive with a pair of shorts handy or towel with a tie so you can cover up if you have to get out. The officer will know you are not hiding anything and will probably let you off with a warning cause you gave him a laugh.
On a recent road trip back from the Gulf I kept my shirt on but shed the shorts. Kept them at the ready....just in case. So much more comfortable than 6 hours of being all bunched up.
I'm sure this will now be my new state of travel going forward and it offers a quick cover-up when the need arises. Loved the freedom!
I agree that it's a bigger risk to drive with tinted windows than nude. I've gotten honks for nudity but a ticket in Chicago for driver side tinted windows, which I removed and my ticket was thrown out. If you sit high people see little but truck drivers seem to see everything. Good luck!
It is not illegal to drive nude in the state of Texas as long as you are not doing anything elicit or erotic or trying to draw attention to yourself. The auto is an extension of your home. Good idea, however, to make sure you have something handy to cover up with and make sure you don't break any driving laws or drive drunk.
Is this true? Can you or anyone else give me a web link where I can read about this.
Don't forget that in addition to the laws regarding driving nude in your area, you also need to know about court decisions that relate to those laws. Some of the decisions count as precedents, and they'll be taken into consideration during a new case.
It's basically going to be an interpretation by a cop if you get stopped. The key would be to not draw attention to yourself by breaking any traffic laws, playing loud music, etc. And keep something handy to cover up with if passing high profile vehicles. I've been driving nude in Texas for years and haven't had any issues.