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January 11, 2018 06:05 PM

Surviving In A Stranded Car

Sioux Falls, SD

In case you haven't noticed, it's cold again in KELOLAND.  On a day like this, you don't want to be caught in a stalled car. 

A member of the South Dakota Highway Patrol conducted an experiment on Twitter Thursday by measuring how quickly the temperature dropped in his vehicle. 

In just two hours, it went from 62 degrees to 31. 

KELOLAND's Kelli Volk tried it out for herself in her news vehicle. In an hour, the temperature sank from 74 degrees to 47. 

Sure, it's not brutally cold, but it's also not exactly comfortable.  Still, if you do find yourself in a stalled car, you're better off staying put than stepping out into the elements. 

"The biggest thing is to stay in your vehicle," Sgt. Steve Schade with the South Dakota Highway Patrol said. 

Leaving your car could spell out even more trouble. 

"If we do have to go looking for you, if we find your car at least we know where you're at. You leave your car and we have a whole area to search to find you," Schade said. 

Another piece of advice:  make sure your car is visible to other drivers. 

"Turn your lights on; turn your flashers on; tie something to your roof or antenna to help get people's attention that, 'Hey, this person may need help,'" Schade said. 

Schade also says you shouldn't hesitate to call 911.




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