A new smartphone application from the North Dakota State University (NDSU) Extension Service will help motorists stuck in winter weather.

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, says Bob Bertsch, NDSU agriculture communication web technology specialist. It’s available free for both Android and iOS systems.

“Our app will help you find your current location, call 911, notify your friends and family, and calculate how long you can run your engine to keep warm and stay safe from carbon monoxide poisoning,” says Bertsch. “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.”

If you become stranded, the Winter Survival Kit app will help you determine your geographic location and contact emergency services. The app's gas calculator will help you estimate how long you can run your engine on your remaining fuel.

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