You get out of that warm bed and it only takes one look out the frosty window to know it's not just a cold morning.  No, it's a cold South Dakota morning.

What's the first thing that a lot of people do before they head out for the day? Reach for that trusty remote starter to get that icebox, AKA your vehicle, warmed up.

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It's been a longstanding belief that to improve performance in cold weather, you should allow the engine to run for a few minutes before driving.

But, is it really necessary to 'warm up' your car, and more importantly, is it good for your engine?

According to AAA, you should start the engine and allow it to idle long enough to fasten your seat belt.  This will allow the lubricating oil to cover all of the engine's vital parts.

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When driving the car, avoiding hard acceleration allows the engine to warm faster, and it also reduces engine wear and emissions.

Of course, take a little longer idle time to clear off snow and ice from the windows.

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AAA also recommends an engine block heater to further reduce wear when starting a car in below zero temps.

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Life on a Cattle Ranch in Western South Dakota

Life is different out in the country. One look at the photo from Robin Bickel and you quickly realize that a workday is quite different as well, after all, she lives out west in South Dakota Cattle Country.

Robin Bickel took time to tell KIKN Country a little bit about her life out west and life as a woman, working outdoors with animals and nature in God's Country. Bickel lives and works on a cattle ranch operated by herself, her father, Jack, and his brother Keith. How far out in the country is she? How does 50 miles west of Mobridge, South Dakota sound? Yep, mountain time out there.

Life is so different in Sioux Falls, South Dakota compared to what our friends on the farm and ranches deal with. It's a half-mile to the grocery store for our family. For Robin, it's 17 miles. However, it's a quick step out her door and she's right in the middle of where a lot of the groceries come from.


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