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Give the Gift of High-Tech Safety This Winter Season

Dec 18, 2019

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Give the Gift of High-Tech Safety This Winter Season

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Be safe out there this winter with high-tech emergency preparedness essentials.

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Be safe out there this winter with high-tech emergency preparedness essentials

You know it’s important to keep emergency preparedness items in your vehicle in case you get stranded or encounter another problem on the road, especially with the potentially severe weather expected this winter season. But these days, there are high-tech alternatives to the traditional roadside preparedness supplies you might have packed in the past. Many of these are great holiday gift ideas for friends and family members, like emergency tire straps or LED road flares. These essentials can be useful in case you get stuck in heavy snow, experience a dead car battery or encounter other winter driving issues on the road.

Of course, one of the best gifts you can give yourself this winter is the added peace of mind that comes with an OnStar Safety & Security Plan.*4 As an OnStar Member, you can push the blue OnStar button to talk to an Advisor if you need Roadside Assistance*17 or any other help. And if the unexpected happens and you’re involved in a crash, Automatic Crash Response*16 can connect you to an Emergency-Certified Advisor*64 who can send for help, even if you can’t ask for it. Still, it always pays to be prepared, so consider stocking up with these gifts for yourself and your loved ones.

+ Check out these high-tech emergency essentials on the OnStar holiday gift guide.
  • Michelin High Visibility LED Road Flare: LED road flares (a safer and easier-to-use alternative to traditional flares), like these by Michelin, are shatterproof and extra bright to help make sure other drivers can see you on the side of the road.

  • Easable LED Lighted Safety Vest: Put an LED vest like this one over your coat at night to stay highly visible to drivers and others during a roadside emergency.

  • ALEKO® Emergency Anti-Skid Snow Chain Straps: Don’t get stranded if your vehicle becomes stuck in snow, mud or sand. Emergency tire straps, such as these by ALEKO, are lighter than traditional chains and easier to install. Plus, they can help you get out of most sticky situations and back on your way. (Just remember to take them off again once you hit the road.)

  • TACKLIFE T8 800A Peak 18000mAh Car Jump Starter: Cold weather can be tough on car batteries, increasing the likelihood of your battery dying. Keep a portable jump starter like this one in your car in case you’re ever stranded on the side of the road. It’s compact, light and safer to use and can get your vehicle started even if there’s nobody else around to give you an old-fashioned jump-start. By the way, with a paid OnStar plan, Roadside Assistance can connect you with local service providers who can help jump-start your vehicle.

  • Anseris® Revolt II Heated Gloves: Need to scrape ice off of your windshield or change a tire in negative degree weather? These battery-powered heated gloves keep your hands nice and toasty for hours if need be. Plus, Anseris also offers the Torch 2.0 Coat Heater, which transforms any coat into a battery-powered heated jacket.

  • Heatsheets® Classic Blankets: Speaking of warmth, these emergency blankets keep you protected from any weather — including the cold and rain. Using a radiant barrier technology developed by NASA for the U.S. space program, these blankets reflect body heat to keep you warm and can also be used in hot weather to keep you cool.

  • MAXOAK® BLUETTI AC10 Power Bank: The last thing you want to happen if you’re stranded in severe weather is to be without your phone. This powerful 99-watt-hour power bank allows you to charge multiple devices at once, including phones, tablets and laptops. It has enough juice to charge your phone’s battery half a dozen times and a laptop at least twice. Of course, if your phone battery does fail, you can always request help by pushing your blue OnStar button.

  • Davek Mini Umbrella: High-tech can also mean smaller. In this case, the Davek Mini umbrella fits in the palm of your hand, so it’s easy to store in your glove box or bag — and won’t take up space in your trunk.