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No matter the weather, these 4 tech products can help you stay safe on the road through hazardous conditions

By Stephanie Georgopulos

As the seasons change, and with them the weather, Sonic Hatchback drivers can stay one step ahead of what might lie ahead. Your Hatchback is equipped for squalls with an automatic rear wiper,* but the cutting-edge technology doesn’t stop there. These four products can help you navigate storms, and even connect you to help in an emergency.

OnStar**

With the touch of a button, OnStar turns into a personal 911 concierge (haven’t you always wanted one of those?). You can send a cry for help to local authorities, assist fellow drivers who’ve crashed or broken down, and get assistance during thunderstorms, earthquakes and even volcanic eruptions (yes, those still happen). You can also give your loved ones permission to track your movements in real time as you continue to drive your way to safety.

Siri Eyes Free***

Speaking of safety, Siri Eyes Free prevents texting and driving by reading your messages out loud to you. It also has a voice command feature, which helps satiate all your urgent texting needs by allowing you to respond to messages without getting distracted. Hands-free/eyes-free communication is always a must when driving.

MyWARN

This GPS-based app, available on the iTunes App Store and the Google Play Store, warns you when you enter into thunderstorm or tornado territory. So that you’re not grinding your teeth in fear for no reason, the app will also send you a message once the threat is over.

Battery Doctor Pro

No matter what cellphone provider you use, it’s likely that you’re doomed with an inadequate battery once your phone hits the six-month mark. To add insult to injury, it’s basically an unwritten law that your phone will die when you need it most—like in the middle of a rainstorm. Battery Doctor Pro for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, helps keep your phone alive in times of need by monitoring how much talk-time you have left and showing you what programs to close down, stretching your battery life as far as it will go. It’s the perfect companion for emergencies (and for those absent-minded times when you accidentally leave your cellphone charger at the office).

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Stephanie Georgopulos is Entertainment Content Producer at Gawker Media and a contributor to Thought Catalog. Her work has been featured on McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, The Awl, Gizmodo, The Next Web, Refinery 29 and elsewhere. Follow her on Twitter: @omgstephlol.

*Check your owner’s manual for more information.

**Visit onstar.com for coverage map, details and system limitations.

***Requires available Chevrolet MyLink and compatible iPhone running iOS 6. Software update may be required. See your dealer for more information.