Are you planning to go on vacation this winter? 4 apps to download to protect you from icy roads
Are you planning to go on vacation this winter? There are plenty of apps to download to protect you from icy roads, including Waze and Honk.
Accidents on icy roads
According to data from the USDOT Federal Highway Administration, snowy and icy roads cause an average of 1,836 fatalities and 136,309 injuries per year. In addition, these values indicate a 10-year average between 2005 and 2014.
Car Insurance Comparison also added that over their 10-year study, icy roads lead to 156,000 road accidents, 42,000 injuries and 20 deaths per year. This places it as the fourth deadliest weather condition, as well as the worst of all winter weather conditions.
For those unfamiliar, the winter season begins every December 21 and lasts until March 20, placing it in the middle of the fall and spring seasons. The weather gets colder in the winter, with temperatures as low as three degrees Fahrenheit in some areas, and the nights get longer than the days.
Since icy roads are dangerous, Roadshow has shared many helpful apps to keep you safe this winter:
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4 road safety apps to download this winter
4.AAA Mobile – iOS and Android
AAA is almost synonymous with roadside assistance, with over 61 million members.
You can use the app to call for help and track your driver’s progress, so you’ll know when help is coming. In the app you can also display your driver’s name and photo. AAA Mobile also displays the most affordable gas prices and other special offers in your area.
The AAA Mobile app is available for free download in the App Store and Google Play Store, but roadside assistance and other features require AAA membership. Annual membership fees range from $35 to $135.50.
3. The Weather Channel – iOS and Android
The Weather Channel app doesn’t offer roadside assistance, but it can warn you of impending bad weather so you don’t drive out just before a snowfall. Local hourly, daily and weekly forecasts, as well as precipitation alerts, are available through the app.
The weather is displayed in real time on a radar map, and there is also a Future Radar feature which gives weather forecasts. The Weather Channel app is available for free in the App Store and Google Play Store.
2. Waze – iOS and Android
Waze is a crowd-sourced traffic app that provides real-time traffic information. Waze users share traffic information with other users, so you’ll know if a road is snowy or icy before you leave home.
Waze, which is owned by Google, also provides roadside assistance, although that doesn’t guarantee a service provider would respond. Your location and the assistance you need are displayed on the Waze map for 30 minutes when you use this feature. Other Waze users or a third-party partner might notice it and, in theory, come to your aid.
This app is available on iOS and Android.
1. Honk – iOS and Android
Honk has been described by CNET as a roadside assistance version of Uber or Lyft.
If you need help, all you have to do is enter your location and the nature of your problem into the app, and nearby service providers will compete for your business. You then select the winning bid and pay through the app.
Honk further claims that its network of 75,000 service providers ensures an average wait time of 15-30 minutes.
Honk is available for free in the App Store and Google Play Store.
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