It's that time of year when driveways and parking lots all over South Dakota will be filled with cars, trucks, and SUVs defrosting the snow and ice away.

In the Midwest, this is almost a necessity if you're parked outdoors for an extended period of time during the colder months of the year. But is it legal to do in South Dakota?

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Is It Illegal To Warm Up Your Car In South Dakota?

Good Housekeeping looked at all 50 U.S. States to determine which had "No Idling" laws in place, and the results are a bit surprising.

Thirty states along with Washington D.C. currently have laws in place regarding how long your car is allowed to idle. South Dakota does NOT have a law against it.

MORE: Is It Illegal To Let Your Car Warm Up In Minnesota?

While it may not be necessarily surprising to see South Dakota off this list, what is surprising is which states are on it.

Minnesota and Illinois have idling laws in place, but also southern states like Texas have limits on how long you can leave your car running in place.

READ MORE: Is ‘Warming Up’ Your Frozen Car Necessary? AAA Says No

Some states are more strict than others. For example, in Illinois, you can leave your car running for up to 20 minutes before you're technically breaking the law.

While in the District of Colombia, you're only allowed to leave your vehicle idling for up to 3 minutes. Anything more than that and you may be cited.

Story Source: Good Housekeeping

10 Smallest Towns in South Dakota

South Dakota is loaded with small towns in every corner of the state. But where are the smallest towns in the Mount Rushmore state? According to the latest census data, here are the ten smallest towns in all of South Dakota.

Worst Places to Live in South Dakota

A surprising town was named the worst place to live in all of South Dakota and the reason behind it is a bit unexpected.

Money Inc. made a list of the 20 worst cities and towns to live in all of South Dakota and no part of the state is left unmarked.

The list focused on a number of key factors, including crime rate, unemployment, low wages, and school funding.

So which city is the "worst" in South Dakota, according to the article? Read on:

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are not my own and are taken from a list provided by

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