Polar Vortex Plunge to Bring Brutally Cold Temps to South Dakota
January 28, 2019 - A surge of arctic air is about to bring the coldest temperatures in years to most of eastern South Dakota by Wednesday as part of the polar vortex is set to blast the region with brutally cold temperatures. Life threatening wind chills are possible of -40 to -60 degrees Tuesday night into Wednesday morning.
“Wind chills this low can be deadly, so it’s critically important to be as prepared as possible,” said Marilyn Buskohl, AAA spokesperson. Drivers are more likely to experience dead car batteries or tire pressure issues as the temperature drops.
“It will be all hands on deck at AAA so that we may respond to stranded motorists as quickly and safely as possible,” Buskohl said. “No one ever plans on getting stranded so AAA encourages anyone with a car battery more than three years old to get it checked as temperatures drop.”
Each year, AAA rides to the rescue of approximately 32 million stranded motorists across the country. Making sure your AAA membership is active for roadside assistance is important and as simple as going to AAA.com or stopping in at one of the AAA South Dakota retail stores. The not-for-profit auto club association also offers these winter vehicle care tips to drivers:
AAA also recommends checking tire pressure frequently because tires lose air when air temperatures are cold.
Proper cold weather tire pressure can be found in the vehicle manual or on a sticker inside the driver’s door, not on the tire itself.
Winter Emergency Kit
Motorists are advised to prepare a winter emergency kit to stow in the trunk of their vehicle to have immediately available should the need arise. More than 40 percent of motorists do not carry an emergency kit in their vehicle, cautions AAA South Dakota.
If travel is planned across the area, motorists should be prepared to encounter snow-covered roads, and slow travel conditions," Buskohl said. Frozen streets and blowing snow cause more vehicles to slip off the traveled portion of the roadway, therefore will need extrications and possible tows. AAA is reaching out to our providers to ensure the drivers and equipment are prepared to help our 100,000 AAA members in South Dakota.
AAA South Dakota call volume is 4xs what it normally is in the Sioux Falls and east river areas of the state due to blowing snow and cold temps at this time.
Vehicle Breakdown Tips
Pull out of the traffic lanes if your car breaks down. If faced with a vehicle emergency, safely steer your car off the roadway. Turn on the emergency flashers to alert other drivers and exit the vehicle on the side facing away from traffic, if possible. Once everyone is in a safe location, request assistance from a road service provider.
“The first goal is to try to avoid a breakdown by keeping your vehicle up-to-date on maintenance. The second goal, should you break down, is to stay as safe and warm as possible while waiting for help to arrive,” Buskohl said.
For more safety tips if a vehicle breaks down, visit: http://exchange.aaa.com/automotive/roadside-assistance/road-safety-tips.
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