Top 10 phone apps to keep your winter car woes at bay

Winter driving can be tough, so we’ve lined up 10 apps that make your life easier behind the wheel

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Smartphones play an increasingly important role in assisting motorists with everyday driving, so having a variety of apps at your disposal can get you out of trouble when the worst of the winter weather strikes.

The best way to deal with driving in cold conditions is to prepare meticulously. And these smartphone apps can aid you in doing exactly that, whether you’re researching a route before leaving, checking the weather conditions at your destination or listening out for hazardous driving conditions in news bulletins on the road.

We’ve picked 10 apps you should download to cover all important bases for winter motoring.

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CoPilot Premium GPS Navigation

Price: From £19.99Available for: iOS, Android, Windows Phone

Step-by-step directions are helpful when you’re driving, but even more so in winter weather such as snow or fog. So a sat-nav app comes into its own at this time of year, helping you focus on the challenging driving conditions rather than where you’re going.

Best sat-nav apps 2014

CoPilot is still Auto Express’ favourite smartphone sat-nav, as it offers a wide range of functions, yet remains really easy to use. Just enter a postcode, and it’ll take you there.

TuneIn Radio

Price: Free Available for: iOS, Android, Windows Phone

Listen out for weather updates with TuneIn Radio, which offers every station accessible via the internet – far more than a standard car radio. If your stereo can interact with your smartphone, you can play it through the speakers, too.

Via Michelin

Price: FreeAvailable for: iOS, Android

Spending time preparing for a journey in hazardous weather conditions can prove invaluable, as you’ll be ready to deal with any problems that arise. The Via Michelin app provides route options and a chance to study the roads you’ll use before setting off.

AA Parking

Price: £1.99 Available for: iOS, Android, Windows Phone

When caught in the worst weather conditions, it can often be safer to call it quits, park the car and continue your journey by other means. AA Parking finds free and paid-for car parks near you to cater for such a situation.

Best parking apps

INRIX Traffic

Price: Free Available for: iOS, Android, Windows Phone

INRIX shows traffic flow on a detailed map, with each road categorised in green, orange or red depending on speed. Its route planner allows A-to-B journey calculation, steering you clear of weather-hit, heavily congested roads.

Best traffic apps

Emergency breakdown apps

Price: Free (membership required) Available for: iOS, Android

If you’re a member of the AA, RAC or Green Flag, you can report a breakdown via an app. It’s potentially quicker than requesting a patrolman by phone as you won’t spend time in call centre queues.

Best apps for iPhone and Android mobiles

OS Map Finder

Price: Free (in-app map purchase required) Available for: iOS, Android

Sat-nav apps and route finders are a must, but if you find yourself in a situation without signal, an old-fashioned map can prove invaluable. Download the maps you require on the app and you can view them offline.

Yahoo Weather

Price: Free Available for: iOS

Yahoo Weather gives five-day detail that outlines weather types, temperature, precipitation levels, wind speeds and more. You can set more than one place to check, which is ideal for looking at the weather expected in your intended destination.

WhatGas

Price: Free Available for: iOS, Android

Make sure your fuel tank is always topped up when embarking on winter journeys, as you could be on the road longer than anticipated. The WhatGas app finds your nearest filling station, and while prices aren’t always up to date, the stations are.

Witness Driving

Price: 69p Available for: iOS, Android

Driving on snow and ice is especially unpredictable, so equipping your car with video-recording hardware is a good idea should any accidents occur. We’d recommend using a dedicated crash cam device, but Witness Driving is an easy stopgap and cheap at 69p.

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