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How to Prepare for a Return to Regular Driving

Jul 13, 2020

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How to Prepare for a Return to Regular Driving

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As many parts of the country slowly return to normal, it’s finally time to get back on the road. Check out these helpful tips for a smooth transition.

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As many parts of the country slowly return to normal, it’s finally time to get back on the road. Check out these helpful tips for a smooth transition.

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Helpful tips for a smooth transition to getting back on the road

Many of us took a pause from our normal life this year, as “stay safe, stay home” orders were enacted around the country due to COVID-19. Without daily commutes to school and the office, or weekend trips with friends, vehicles took a figurative backseat while we traveled less. But, as many parts of the country slowly return to normal, people are getting back on the road again in greater numbers.

Maybe you’re heading back to your workplace, returning to school, or getting back into the swing of safely socializing with others. Whatever your reason for returning to the road, there are several important steps you should take to make sure you — and your vehicle — are ready for a return to commuting, pleasure driving and all the other trips you take in your vehicle.

Check Your Tires

Did you know that even if you’re not driving, your vehicle’s tires can lose air pressure over time? Because tires play an important role in vehicle safety, be sure to check and, if necessary, inflate them before driving. You can find the recommended tire pressure in your vehicle owner’s manual or on the placard on your driver’s side doorjamb.

In properly equipped vehicles, you can also see tire pressure readings in your Driver Information Center. Or, with a Connected Services plan,*1b you can check your vehicle’s tire pressure remotely with your vehicle mobile app*26 (does not monitor spare). In addition, tire pressures are shown in your vehicle’s monthly diagnostics report email. Learn more about checking your vehicle’s tire pressure.

Address Any Service Needs

With many of us driving less, vehicle services like oil changes and brake inspections may have been put off.  These services are still important, especially if you’re about to begin driving more frequently or over longer distances. Contact the Certified Service experts at your Chevrolet, Buick, GMC or Cadillac Dealership to schedule any overdue servicing as soon as possible. Here’s a quick reminder about the services and maintenance checks your vehicle may need before you resume driving.

For more assistance with staying on top of maintenance needs, OnStar can help by providing regular updates. Push the blue OnStar button at any time and ask an Advisor to run a diagnostics check*21a on your vehicle. You can also enroll in monthly vehicle diagnostics reports to receive updates on your vehicle’s operating systems. And with a Connected Services plan, you can use your vehicle mobile app to remotely check the status of your vehicle’s tire pressure, fuel level and oil life. In addition, you can use the Service Scheduling feature in the vehicle mobile app to arrange your next service appointment with your preferred dealer. Learn more about getting the most from your vehicle mobile app.

Get Assistance with a Dead Battery

It’s unlikely, but if it’s been a very long time since you drove your vehicle, its battery may need to be jump-started. Members with an active OnStar plan can request Roadside Assistance*17 for help with a dead battery, as well as flat tires and other issues. Learn more about Roadside Assistance.

Pay Extra Attention

When we take a break from any kind of activity, it can take a while to get back into it. Think about how clunky your first golf swings after winter can feel, for instance, or how you might wobble if you haven’t ridden a bicycle in a while. The same is true of driving: if you haven’t been on the road much in the past few months, it’s only natural to feel a little bit rusty at first. When it comes to returning to the road, take it slow as you refamiliarize yourself with your vehicle, your local traffic laws, and the routes you take to work, school and other locations.

Keep Your Vehicle Clean and Sanitized

When making stops on the road, it’s important to avoid bringing any germs or viruses into your vehicle, which could then be spread to your belongings or into your home. Consider using hand sanitizer whenever you make a stop, especially if you’re refilling with gas, and regularly clean high-touch surfaces inside your vehicle with disinfectant wipes. Keeping your vehicle clean is especially important if you share it with multiple drivers within your household. Learn more about steps you can take to help keep your vehicle cleaner.

Make Sure You Have an Active OnStar Plan

As you head back out onto the open road, be sure you’ve got an active OnStar plan*1a so that you can be prepared for the unexpected. Here are just a few ways OnStar can help you:

Need to reactivate or change your plan? Find more information about OnStar plans and pricing. Need a reminder about all the things you can do with OnStar? Read our tips for maximizing your OnStar service plan.