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  • Best Winter Traveling Smartphone Apps for 2013

    Cooler weather and shorter days remind people that winter is on the way. If you are like many people who prefer to drive to holiday gatherings, you need to be ready for any weather, traffic situation or emergency that might leave you stranded. Smartphone apps can give drivers potentially life-saving help and other essential information to ensure safety on the road.

    Winter Survival Kit - As one of the most important free apps on the market for winter, this survival kit is available for both Android (versions 2.2 and higher,) and iOS platforms. You can store your emergency telephone numbers in the app. Once your GPS on your phone is enabled the app can find you and contact roadside assistance or 911 in emergencies.

    Storm Shield NOAA Weather Radio App - If you don't already have a battery-powered solar emergency weather radio, this is an important app to have. Available from Google Play for Android, and the iTunes store for iPhone for $4.99, this app will give you voice-activated or push notification alerts of major life-threatening weather situations. It allows you to have a NOAA weather radio on your smartphone.

    The Waze Social GPS and Maps is a must have app for all travelers. A great feature of this app is when actual drivers give live, up-to-the-the-minute information about bad weather, traffic jams, accidents, and speed traps. It will also help in situations where navigation device don't have current information. It is available for both Android and iOS operating systems.

    GasBuddy - Anyone who drives will benefit from GasBuddy, an app that is available on Android, Blackberry, iOS and Windows platforms. If you're on the road it will alert you to nearby gas stations and give prices. It also keeps track of the cheapest gas prices. It even calculates the cost of gas needed for a trip.

    The database keeps track of gas prices all across the United States and in Canada. The app relies on drivers to report gas and to keep the data up-to-date. Active participation earns you points toward entries into weekly contests for $250 free major brand gas cards.

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