Have you ever felt the need to leave a party or a gathering without others noticing, but you came with your car? It can be hard enough to leave any gathering or home unnoticed, but it can be even harder if you need to drive away. Fortunately, there are quite a few ways to reduce your risk of being heard or noticed while you sneak away.
To sneak out with a car without being too loud, take off your shoes while leaving the house. Oil the doors beforehand if you can. Unlock the car manually, not with the remote. Make sure the radio is turned down and keep the headlights off. If you have a manual car, start it by pushing it downhill.
In this article, you will learn how to sneak away with your car without being too loud. We will give you some tips, and some of which may not be so obvious. Let’s get into it!
Be Quiet on Your Way to the Car
This step is the first step you need to take. It doesn’t matter how much noise you make when leaving with the actual car if you can’t be quiet on the way to the car. There are several things you can do to make your exit a little quieter.
First, take off your shoes. Walking around in your socks will make it less likely for other people to hear your footsteps. Walk slowly, not too quickly. On the other hand, don’t make it obvious that you are trying to sneak out. Walk casually, not too slowly. This way, people who notice you will not pay any extra attention to you.
If you need to leave through a door, close the door very quietly. Don’t slam it. If the door squeaks, opening it very quickly can make people less likely to hear it or pay attention to the squeaking noise.
If you are afraid that people might notice you leaving the door, pretend that you are on a phone call or that you are going out for a smoke (if you do smoke). Have your phone pressed against your ear or a cigarette in your hand, just in case anybody notices you.
Use the Key to Unlock the Door
Many cars allow you to unlock the car in two ways: pressing a button on the remote control or manually inserting the key into the door and turning it. Newer cars, especially more luxurious brands, no longer allow you to open the car manually. Many have entirely remote keys.
However, if the car you are using does allow you to open the door manually, unlock it manually so that people do not hear the beep or see the flash when you press the unlock button on your remote.
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Turn Down the Radio
If you are unsure whether the radio is on or not, turn down the volume right away. You don’t want to start the car and have the radio or music blasting right away. Start the car and lower the volume at the same time.
If you usually connect your phone to your car via Bluetooth, turn off your phone’s Bluetooth. Otherwise, the car will automatically detect the phone, and if someone calls you at that very moment or texts you, it can make a loud sound.
Don’t Turn On the Headlights
Some cars have headlights that turn on automatically when it is dark or cloudy outside. Other cars, on the other hand, do not have that feature.
If your car is of the type that does not have that feature and it is dark and cloudy outside, don’t turn on your headlights right away. The glare from the headlights can shine into the house and alert people to the noise you are making, even if you are not making a lot of noise.
Of course, if you are pulling into a busy street, it is essential to turn on the headlights as soon as possible. It is not legal, in most places, to drive a car at night without the headlights on. However, if you are just backing up your driveway, you can leave the headlights off until you are ready to drive away.
Push the Car Downhill
The main issue with sneaking away in your car is that the engine will make noise when you turn the car on. However, if you are situated at the top of a hill, you can avoid this problem by pushing your car downhill before you drive off in it.
You will need to make sure your car is in neutral gear first. Otherwise, you will not be able to push the car. If it is a very heavy car, you may not be able to push it either. In either case, the hill does not have to be very steep. It just needs to be steep enough to push a car down while the car is off.
You have to be careful, though. Make sure you don’t push the car into other vehicles or onto your neighbor’s property.
Once the car is a bit away from the house, you can get into the car and start it up. If you do this too early, people inside the house might still hear the car starting up. That is why it is better to err on the side of caution and push the car a little further downhill.
However, just because they hear the car does not mean they will figure out if you sneak away. After all, if the sound is coming from a bit down the block, they might think it is the neighbor or a random person.
If you have a manual car, you can use this method to push start the car. A manual car’s engine can start if it is going downhill without turning it on the normal way. This video shows you how to do this:
Ask a Friend to Help You
This tip only works in certain situations, such as if you are at a party and want to slip away unnoticed. You can ask a friend to help you slip away by causing some sort of commotion or distraction. For example, the friend can put on loud music and start dancing so that everyone at the party is distracted and no longer hears you driving away.
If you do not have a friend who can help you by doing this, you might want to look for the already occurring distractions. In other words, time your getaway right.
For example, you might wait until everyone at the party is busy dancing and loud music is playing. Or, you might wait until everyone has gotten tipsy, so they no longer pay as much attention to your noise. Be smart and time your getaway at the right time.
Prepare in Advance
You can prepare things in advance to make them better for you. If you know that the house and car door will squeak, oil them beforehand so that they do not squeak anymore.
If you know you will need to leave later without being noticed, make sure the radio is turned off and your phone won’t automatically connect. You can even park the car a little further away from your usual parking spot to make yourself less likely to be noticed.
As you can see, there are several things you can do to prevent yourself from being heard while you sneak away in a car. Whether you have a manual or an automatic car, you can make a quiet getaway so that people don’t hear you getting away. Just make sure to time it right!
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