Even though this winter has been unusually hot for much of the United States there is still plenty of time for dangerous snow, sleet, and ice before spring (the east coast has a big pile of snow last night, In reality). Even a thin layer of snow can cause problems for a short drive to the grocery store.
You might be thinking, “I’m a good driver. Everyone has to learn to drive. I’ve thought that too, and I’ve also experienced enough snowstorms – and wrecks – to know that being a good driver isn’t enough.
Here are six apps to download before hitting the road this winter because, like my dad said, it’s better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.
With over 61 million members, AAA is almost synonymous with roadside assistance, and the AAA mobile app continues this heritage. The app lets you ask for help and track your driver’s progress, so you know when help is coming. You can also see your driver’s name and photo in the app. AAA Mobile also shows you the cheapest gas prices and other deals near you.
The AAA mobile application can be downloaded free of charge from the App store and Google play store, but you need an AAA subscription to access roadside assistance and other features. Membership formulas cost between $ 35 and $ 135.50 per year.
is an app that offers roadside assistance like starting a battery or fixing a flat tire, and it also uses sensors in your smartphone to detect if you’ve been in an accident. If these sensors trigger, OnStar advisors will call you to check if you’re okay. Then they will contact first responders with your location.
Horn is like the Uber or Lyft of roadside assistance. If you need help, fill in your location and status in the app and nearby service providers will bid for your job. You choose the winning bid and pay through the app. Honk also claims that its network of 75,000 service providers guarantees an average wait time of 15 to 30 minutes.
Flashing at the roadside
Flashing at the roadside is an online roadside assistance service. Blink’s flat rate pricing is what sets it apart from its competition. Roadside services such as starting, roadside winch, or fuel delivery cost $ 65, and tows start at $ 99 and increase by $ 5 per mile after five miles. There is no membership fee, which makes Blink a good option if you don’t need year round support. Blink says its rates could save drivers 40% based on local market rates.
Waze is a community traffic app that offers real-time road conditions. Drivers using Waze share traffic information with others on the app so you know if a road is covered in snow or ice before you leave your home.
Owned by Google, Waze also offers road help, but that does not necessarily mean that a service provider will respond. When you use this feature, your location and the help you need will be displayed on the Waze map for 30 minutes. Other Waze users, or a third-party partner, can see it and – in theory – come and help you. But we don’t recommend broadcasting your location to unknown users when there are so many other options available.
The weather channel
The app doesn’t have roadside assistance, but it can alert you to inclement weather before it happens, so you don’t get out right before a snowstorm. The app offers hourly, daily and weekly local forecasts, as well as rainfall alerts. A radar map shows you the weather in real time, and there is a Future Radar feature that shows the weather forecast.
If the roads are good and the weather is not bad, you can, and if you go on an adventure, .