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7 Ways OnStar Can Help Save Your Summer Vacation

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Luggage? Check. Kids? Check. Coffee? Check. No matter how prepared you feel or how many times you go through your checklist, there’s always a chance you’ll experience something unexpected during a road trip. You know that if you’re in a crash or your vehicle is stolen, OnStar can help. But here are some other ways an OnStar Advisor is ready to help you along the road:

Traffic jam? OnStar has your workaround.

It happens on just about every road trip. At some point, you find yourself smack-dab in the middle of rush hour as you’re passing through a major metropolis. That’s when the blue OnStar button comes in handy. You push it, and the Advisor provides an alternative route (if one is available) to get you moving again.

Low fuel? OnStar can help keep you running.

You’re out of the big city, but now that low fuel warning light is on — just as you’re at the midpoint of what appears to be the continent’s most deserted stretch of highway. You relax knowing if you don’t make it to the next station, an Advisor can request Roadside Assistance*17 to bring fuel to you.

Need a break? OnStar can help you find your next stop.

After hearing “I’m bored!” for what seems like the hundredth time, you decide it’s time to get out of the cramped car and find something fun to do. You push the blue OnStar button and ask the Advisor to locate any attractions along your route. It turns out there’s a national park nearby with some great views. Knowing your kids, you also ask the Advisor to find a rest stop and a place to pick up snacks on the way.

Locked or Unlocked? OnStar can help.

The trip through the park is going along great when you begin to wonder, “Did I lock the car?” It’s a 15-minute walk back to the car — but luckily you programmed the OnStar number (1.888.4ONSTAR) into your phone. A friendly Advisor sends a signal to lock your doors,*28 and you go back to enjoying the hike with your family.

Car trouble? An OnStar Advisor can check it out and connect you with help if you need it.

Even after those few mishaps and the detour, you’re relieved you’re still making good time. But then you get a check engine light, and you’re wondering if this needs immediate attention (meaning another delay in your trip). No problem. You push your blue OnStar button and ask the Advisor to run an On‑Demand Diagnostics*21a check. The check identifies no critical issue so it’s OK to keep driving, but it’s also good to know that if you have an issue, the Advisor can send Roadside Assistance*17 to get you and your vehicle to the nearest dealership. Now it’s time to stop for dinner.

Medical issue? An Emergency-Certified Advisor is ready to help.

Your youngest child really enjoyed her meal. But she has numerous food allergies, and one problematic ingredient must have been in that meal. When she complains that her throat is itchy, you waste no time and push the red Emergency button.*16a The Emergency-Certified Advisor*64 provides medical instructions until first responders arrive to assist.

Sleepy? Rest easy.

It’s been a long day and everyone is exhausted. You didn’t make it as far as you expected and need to find a place to stay — and fast. You push the blue OnStar button and ask the Advisor to find the nearest hotel. After checking your location, she finds potential accommodations just 15 minutes up the road and connects you to the front desk to make a reservation. Your room is booked, you have directions and you’re on your way to a restful night. Sweet dreams. Hopefully tomorrow’s leg of the journey will be a little more smooth. But if it’s not, an OnStar Advisor is ready to help.