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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Emergency Apps for Drivers

Electronics marketing experts reported that sales of tablets and smart phones dominated sales of electronics during the recent Christmas season. A lot of people found an iPad, Android tablet, or smart phone under their tree. The primary appeal of these devices is all of the apps that are available. Along with all the game, news and self help apps, there are a few apps that can be very useful when a driver faces a roadside emergency.

Most of the apps are for the iPhone and iPad but there are a few Android apps as well. This is not an endorsement of any app but a list of apps that, hopefully, you will never have to use but it never hurts to have just in case. Best of all, most are free!

Vehicle breakdowns

  • About Emergency Car Care Guide - Web App for iPhone only
    Learn how to deal with common car care emergencies such as blowouts, overheating, accident procedure and many more common emergencies in this concise guide while you are on the road. You won't want to leave home without the pocket car care emergency guide! (More topics to be added weekly)

  • Car Care & Roadside Emergencies (Free) - iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
    Breakdowns happen. Tires go flat, car batteries die, and engines overheat. But that doesn't mean there's nothing you can do about it. Car Care & Roadside Emergencies is a quick-reference guide that shows you how to handle the most common types of breakdowns so you won't have to wait on the side of the road hoping for the kindness of strangers. Car Care & Roadside Emergencies shows you how to:

Roadside Assistance

  • AAA Roadside (Free) - Android
    AAA's legendary roadside assistance is available easily through this app. Avoid waiting on the phone and receive confirmation that the information sent to AAA is correct. Using the location of your iPhone a roadside assistance request is a few simple steps away. Select the type of breakdown and AAA assures your information is delivered to a local roadside problem-solving technician for quick response.

  • Good Hands Roadside Assistance (Free) - iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
    You don’t have to be an Allstate customer to get unlimited access to Allstate’s 24/7 Nationwide Roadside Network with Good Hands Roadside Assistance. This must-have application delivers pay-as-you-go roadside help to anyone, anytime, anywhere.

  • Emergency Flasher HD ($0.99) - iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
    Stranded? Dead battery? Flat tire? Accident? Every second counts when you need help. Whether on the road or at home, make yourself more visible to police, EMS, fire trucks, and tow trucks.


  • MotorSafe (Free) - iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
    If you have a traffic accident you need to keep calm and collect the right information. MotorSafe helps you:

    • Make written and record audio notes

    • Take time-stamped photos

    • Pinpoint the location on a map using the phone's GPS

    • Capture details about
    • other vehicles

    • other driver insurance

    • witness and other people's contact details

    MotorSafe highlights any missing information, and lets you send a full, structured incident report by email from your phone.

Medical Emergencies

  • Every Day First Aid HD Lite (Free) - iPad
    People do not seek emergencies but emergencies find them! Are you adequately prepared to care for a family member or stranger? Arriving on the scene of an emergency is both time sensitive and stressful. Whether you are home, on vacation, or in transit, Everyday First Aid HD LITE offers clear, concise and well-organized information wherever you are!

  • Medical information is based on guidelines provided by the American Red Cross and other health organizations with topics including allergic reactions, snakebites, blisters and more.

  • GotoAID First Aid Lite (Free) – Android

  • Emergency Data (People & Pets) ($2.99) - iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
    Emergency Data (People & Pets) is a simple and intuitive app that allows you to store all of the necessary personal and medical information on your iPhone, iPad and iPod.

  • ICE (In Case of Emergency) - Full Functionality ($1.99) - iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
    ICE is an app for organizing your emergency medical and contact information. ICE uses the information you already have about your emergency contacts in your device's Contacts app so you don't have to store separate


  • Winter Survival Kit (Free) - iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
    The Winter Survival Kit app can be as critical as a physical winter survival kit if you find yourself stuck or stranded in severe winter weather conditions. This 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.

  • Winter Survival Kit (Free) - Android

  • FloodWatch (Free) - iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
    FloodWatch allows users to monitor rivers and streams throughout the United States.
    By leveraging data from the US Geological Survey and National Weather Service, FloodWatch presents the most recent and historical river heights, precipitation totals, and flood stage data. Graphs are available to help yo

  • FloridaEvacuates Mobile (Free) - iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
    The mobile app will provide an easy way to get to the mobile website.

  • Note: Other states have similar Apps
  • US Fires (Free) - iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
    US Fires is designed to provide current data about wild fires for the different States in the USA. It takes information from both and from USDA web sites to provide as much comprehensive information as possible.

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