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South Dakota car hire

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Top tips for hiring a car in South Dakota

  • Are you traveling to South Dakota for business or leisure? South Dakota car rental services give you a unique opportunity to discover the Mount Rushmore State at your convenience. However, the best driving experience starts with knowing the basics of South Dakota driving laws. The highest speed limit you’ll find in South Dakota is 75 mph. The speed limit might vary from county to county or place to place. Be sure to pay attention to speed limits in different counties as you drive through the state. Additionally, South Dakota has one of the strictest DUI laws in the nation. You should avoid driving in the state if you’ve consumed any alcohol, as penalties can range from license suspension to a fine, all the way to a jail term of up to 12 months.
  • Driving without insurance or with insufficient coverage is against the law in South Dakota. So is driving without a valid driver’s license or a suspended license. Making U-turns in non-passing or unsafe zones is a misdemeanor in the state. South Dakota requires seatbelt use whenever the car is in drive, for the driver and for all passengers. There is a fine for seatbelt violation, so be sure to inspect the car you’re about to rent to be certain the seatbelts are working. Children under the age of eight must be fastened in appropriate car seats while riding in the car, and pets and children must never be left in the car unattended.
  • Winter weather makes life harder for motorists in South Dakota. If you’re planning to visit the state during winter, you’re better off renting a car that’s equipped with snow tires. For safety purposes, always pay attention to the weather forecast and the road conditions before you embark on your road trip. When you’re on the road, watch out for those electronic messaging signs on the interstates. These signs usually provide motorists with information about road closures or potentially dangerous road conditions. Be sure to carry your winter travel safety kit with you (e.g., blankets, etc.). Finally, always fill your gas tank before setting out for your road trips.
  • Book your car hire in South Dakota at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Intermediate hire cars in South Dakota are around 11% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about hiring a car in South Dakota

  • Should I hire a car in South Dakota?

    Car rental gives you the ultimate freedom to go where you want to when you want to. The last thing you want when visiting South Dakota—whether for business or leisure—is to dish out hundreds of dollars on rideshares or to pass your time figuring out the right bus to catch for your next trip. With a rented car, you can have the peace of mind knowing that you have everything you need to reach even those areas of the state not covered by public transportation. If you’re traveling for a family vacation, car rental service gives you the privacy you so greatly need to spend time with your loved ones.

  • What is driving like in South Dakota?

    According to NHTSA, South Dakota’s rural roads are some of the most dangerous roads in the United States. Experts attribute this to unsatisfactory roadway lighting, fewer law enforcement officers on the roads, the risk of hitting animals crossing the road, and poor road maintenance. You can avoid accidents while driving by paying attention to road signs and slowing down when approaching animal-crossing points. Driving with caution, especially on snowy or rainy roads, all the while keeping a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you, is all very important, especially in the winter months.

  • How old do you have to be to hire a car in South Dakota?

    Nearly all car-rental companies require renters to be at least twenty one years of age to rent a car. While making your reservation, you’ll be required to provide proof of identity, to have a valid driver’s license, and to show proof of sufficient insurance coverage. Some car-rental companies also impose a surcharge on renters who are under twenty five. It is important to find out your dealer’s pricing policy—including additional fees—when making your reservation so that you’ll avoid unpleasant surprises when you pay for your rental car.

  • What is the most popular car hire in South Dakota?

    Standard (Toyota Corolla or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in South Dakota.

  • What is the best car hire company in South Dakota?

    Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car hire companies in South Dakota are Enterprise Rent-A-Car (8,7, 84 reviews), and Hertz (8,4, 91 reviews).

  • How can I find car hires near me in South Dakota?

    Take a look at our extensive car hire location map to find the best car hire deals near you.

Car hire directory

  • enterprise

    Enterprise Rent-A-Car car hire locations in South Dakota

    7 Locations

  • easirent

    Easirent car hire locations in South Dakota

    5 Locations

  • avis

    Avis car hire locations in South Dakota

    4 Locations

  • budget

    Budget car hire locations in South Dakota

    4 Locations

  • hertz

    Hertz car hire locations in South Dakota

    3 Locations

  • vipcarsrec

    VIPCars Recommendation car hire locations in South Dakota

    3 Locations

  • alamo

    Alamo car hire locations in South Dakota

    2 Locations

  • eaglerac

    Eagle Rent A Car car hire locations in South Dakota

    2 Locations

  • national

    National car hire locations in South Dakota

    2 Locations

  • sunnycars

    Sunnycars car hire locations in South Dakota

    2 Locations

  • autoeurope

    AutoEurope car hire locations in South Dakota

    1 Location

  • rentawreck

    Rent-A-Wreck car hire locations in South Dakota

    1 Location

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