Storms, snow, icy roads, heavy rain, dense fog, and severe crosswinds can make for extremely hazardous road conditions. Weather events cause more than one million crashes every year in the United States and result in about 6,000 deaths and 500,000 injuries, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.
The Weather on Wheels app helps travelers plan around dangerous weather conditions with the goal of decreasing the number of weather-related accidents on our highways.
How Weather on Wheels Works
Enter your starting location, destination, and start time and Weather on Wheels does the rest, displaying weather forecasts from the U.S. National Weather Service along your entire route. If a storm or other weather event is predicted for anywhere on your itinerary, the app will track weather conditions and may advise you to change your start time or suggest an alternative route.
Options to display the predicted travel time, chances of rain, forecasted winds or air temperature within the icons
Updated icons displaying more weather conditions
A pull-down legend describing the weather icons
An improved calendar to pick the date of the road trip
Should you need to get off the road and book a hotel on the fly, the HotelTonight app can find a good deal with just three taps and a swipe.
Weather on Wheels was developed by students at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi with the assistance of faculty and staff at the Conrad Blucher Institute (CBI) and the Coastal Bend Business Innovation Center. The app is available for iPhone and Android.
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