Winter weather is quickly approaching, and the South Dakota Department of Transportation is reminding motorists to stay informed, slow down and drive safely.
Weather in South Dakota is anything but predictable, and a traveler’s first action should be to visit www.safetravelusa.com/sd or dial 511 for the most current road condition information.
The South Dakota 511 mobile application for Android (iPhone app coming soon) provides the same information as the SafeTravelUSA website, but in a compatible format with mobile phones.
Another feature on the SafeTravelUSA website is ClearPath511. Users can sign up to receive text messages, emails or Twitter alerts to road closures, no travel advisories and flooding information.
New this year for the SDDOT is a Twitter account, @SouthDakotaDOT, and a Facebook account, https://www.facebook.com/southdakotadot. In the event weather necessitates an Interstate road closure, updates will be posted on these accounts as well.
Being informed is the first step to staying safe when driving in inclement weather. State officials also want you to treat driving as your main priority. Slow down, do not use cruise control, refrain from using electronic devices that can be distracting, drive with your headlights on (not daytime running lights – manually turn them on), and pay attention to your surroundings, especially traffic around you.
“Safety is our No. 1 priority,” said state Transportation Secretary Darin Bergquist. “By providing travelers on South Dakota highways with the most up-to-date road and weather information, details on snowplowing activities and hours of operation, travelers can make informed decisions before hitting the road.”