How to Keep Your Family Safer on the Road

Provided by OnStar

Some of the most cherished family memories are made on road trips. One thing you always want to consider for your next road trip is safety – when it comes to your loved ones, you can’t put a price on peace of mind. Travel confidently with these important safety tips, and learn how OnStar can help. 

Keep Your Car Zen

Cell phones, rowdy kiddos, and navigation issues can all be a big distraction when you’re behind the wheel. Do everything you can to curb these distractions before you leave home. Set up automatic responses to incoming texts and calls, and stash your phone out of sight so you won’t be tempted to answer while driving. Make sure young children have books or toys within reach, plus easily accessible snacks for longer drives—that will help keep the whining to a minimum! If you need to use navigation, get your route mapped before you pull away from the curb—OnStar Turn-by-Turn Navigation (*1) is voice-guided, so you can get where you’re going while keeping your hands on the wheel. 

Be Prepared for The Unexpected

A lot can happen when you’re driving, and a little preparation can go a long way when it comes to bumps in the road. Always keep an emergency kit on hand that includes snacks and bottled water, reflective triangles, jumper cables, a tool kit and First Aid supplies, as well as a blanket, small shovel, and ice scraper if you live in a cold climate. Make sure to check things like fluid levels or tire pressure before a big trip, but take comfort knowing Roadside Assistance (*2) can help you deal with anything from a flat tire to an empty gas tank. 

Keep Your Car Running Smoothly

Don’t worry about forgetting an oil change again because General Motors vehicles offer Dealer Maintenance Notification (*6), which can automatically let your preferred GM dealer know when it’s time for routine maintenance so they can call you and schedule an appointment. You can also get alerts regarding potential problems. They’ll automatically run diagnostic checks on your vehicle’s systems—including anti-lock brakes, transmission, engine and air bags—and send a report to your inbox each month. 

Never Go It Alone

If an emergency situation should arise, make sure you have a trusted ally in your corner. OnStar offers a number of services for almost every situation: Turn-by-Turn Navigation (*1) if you’ve lost your way, as well as alternate routes or safety information in the event of inclement weather or natural disaster with OnStar’s Crisis Assist (*3). OnStar Advisors are Emergency Medical Dispatch-certified (*5). They can send first responders your way and provide assistance until help arrives. Using built-in vehicle sensors, Automatic Crash Response (*3, *4) can even detect a crash, and automatically connect you to an OnStar Advisor who can dispatch help to you – even when you can’t ask for it yourself. OnStar services provide safety features and peace of mind for every adventure ahead.

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*1 Turn-by-Turn Navigation – Requires subscription to Guidance Plan, Unlimited Access Plan, OnStar Safety & Security Plan or Navigation add on. Services are subject to user terms and limitations, and vary by vehicle model. Check here for more details.
*2 Roadside service provided by Allstate Roadside Services. Limitations and restrictions apply.
*3 OnStar plan, working electrical system, cell service, and GPS signal required OnStar links to emergency services. Visit for details and limitations. 
*4 OnStar acts as a link to existing emergency service providers. Not all vehicles may transmit all crash data.
*5 OnStar Advisors are certified by the International Academies of Emergency Dispatch.
*6 Capabilities vary by model and service plan. See for details and system limitations. Message and data rates may apply. Requires active service, email address on file and enrollment in Vehicle Diagnostics. Not all issues will deliver alerts. On-Demand Diagnostics requires a paid service plan.