Officials still recommend winter kits for travel
RAPID CITY, S.D. — Winter is still going strong across the state, and experts saw this weekend as a reminder that a winter kit should be a priority for any who plan on driving in a South Dakota winter.
This weekend saw interstate and highway closures in many places statewide, and a winter kit is essential to have in case drivers find themselves stuck in a winter storm.
Richard Smith from South Dakota Red Cross says, “With all the storms we’ve been having and what’s predicted in the future, it could be a continuation of a long spring with snowstorms, it’s important to keep a few safety items in your car.”
A few of the suggested items include an ice scraper and a small shovel to help you get out if you are temporarily stuck. But if the situation is too much for a small shovel to handle, experts advise staying inside your car and waiting out the storm. This will make it easier for any police to assist you should they come across your vehicle.
“If you’re in your car they’re going to be able to help you out right there, the last thing we want is an extensive search for someone who’s gone off and wandered away from their car,” Smith says.
Packing a few simple items will help make a stay in your car much easier.
A warm blanket, a few bottles of water and some snacks will go a long way if you’re stuck in the snow. Other things to consider are a flashlight, a radio, extra batteries, and a few small candles to help keep the car warm.
And above all else, make sure friends and family know where you are going if you are planning a long drive.