Disclaimer: Not all drivers in South Dakota are reckless parkers. It's just always a good idea to be kind to your neighbor on the road and in the parking lot. 

Whether there is snow on the ground or bright green grass, people in South Dakota don't believe in parking spaces. The lines just somehow disappear when they park their vehicle. It's truly a magic trick.

What gives? Are people in South Dakota careless? Are drivers running so late to a meeting that they can't afford a little car etiquette? Apparently, drivers in South Dakota who intentionally do awful parking jobs have their reasons.

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There are some people in the office that really don't believe in staying in the lines of a parking lot. However, this problem is beyond the workplace. You see horrid parking jobs from reckless South Dakota drivers at the store, church, or at schools. Not to mention the drivers who park in handicapped spots...that's a different issue. Overall, bad parking is a universal problem.

So why are drivers so negligent in parking lots? One of my co-workers says he's one of many truck drivers who can admit he takes up at least two parking spaces. Who is this co-worker? The suspect is...Alan Helgeson.

Christine Manika (TSM)
Christine Manika (TSM)

Alan believes, "The taller the truck, the more room you need. It's science Manika. Look it up." Alan also claims that he is a "creative person" who doesn't believe in straight lines. It's a very insightful answer. However, being creative doesn't mean you're entitled to break the rules of the road.

To give you an idea of Alan's parking, here is a photo I took standing in the spot directly behind his vehicle. He's creating his own lines!

Christine Manika (TSM)
Christine Manika (TSM)

Do you think South Dakota drivers are careless in parking lots? Why do you think South Dakota drivers park like jerks?

9 Ways To Ruin Your South Dakota Driving Record

Did you know that South Dakota uses a points system with your driver's license? Meaning that if you are convicted of a moving violation, get a ticket, you get a certain number of points.

If those points add up to 15 in one year, or 22 points in two years, you can get your license suspended. Then after the suspension, you'll have to pay application fees and the reinstatement fee.

So, what are the violation that can earn you the most points? Let's find out.

Birthday Freebies You Can Get at Sioux Falls Businesses

We've added even MORE birthday freebies from Sioux Falls businesses.

Everyone loves free stuff, especially on your birthday. Most of the freebies require you to sign up for their rewards program, e-mail list, or mobile app, so make sure you plan ahead. Some of the offers are good just on your birthday, while others are good for a week or longer.

Of course, this is just a small list. There are many more businesses that offer free stuff for your birthday right here in Sioux Falls. You just need to ask! Or, choose your favorite business, check out their website, and sign up for their e-mail club. All offers are subject to change at any time. Call ahead or check their website for more details.

*List updated 12/28/2022 - Individual businesses may change their policies at any time.

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