Motorists have one more “tool” for their winter survival kit, thanks to a new smartphone application. It’s available – free – for both Android and iOS systems.
“The app will help you find your current location, call 911, notify your friends and family, calculate how long you can run your engine to keep warm and stay safe from carbon monoxide poisoning,” says Iowa State University Extension Safety Specialist Charles Schwab in a recent Wallaces Farmer article. “You can use the Winter Survival Kit app to store important phone and policy numbers for insurance or roadside assistance. You can also designate emergency contacts you want to alert when you become stranded.”
The Winter Survival Kit app can be used to determine geographic location. It’s gas calculator estimates how long the car engine will run on the remaining fuel plus every 30 minutes it will remind motorists to turn off the vehicle’s engine and check the exhaust pipe for snow buildup to avoid deadly carbon monoxide poisoning. In addition, the Winter Survival Kit app provides information on preparing one’s vehicle for winter driving and on staying safe when stranded in a storm or stuck in snow. Click here to read the entire Wallaces Farmer article, “Phone App Is Winter Preparedness Tool for Motorists.”