Maximize your time outside this summer

July 5, 2022

Maximize your time outside this summer

July 5, 2022

 

See how OnStar can help you make the most of your time off this summer  

Have you created a summer bucket list yet? This year, many people are excited to get outside and do activities like kayaking, fishing, hiking and camping. In fact, a new poll revealed 82 percent of Canadians surveyed are spending time in nature while 37 percent said they are spending more time outdoors compared to their lives before the pandemic began in March 2020.1

 

Whether you’ve started a summer bucket list or not, OnStar* wants to help you feel prepared on your adventures. OnStar Members can feel confident when venturing out into the world knowing they can access key OnStar safety services thanks to the OnStar Guardian™ app.* All you have to do is download the app to your phone and subscribe to an eligible plan, and you can have access to Emergency Advisors* in case you get injured on a hike or experience another emergency.

 

Whatever fun activities you’re planning, here’s how you can use OnStar and the Guardian app to have a little more reassurance, all summer long.

Exploring new trails  

Mountain biking and hiking are great ways to stay active and get out in nature. Plus, there are countless trails all over the country that range in difficulty levels, so you can easily find one everyone will enjoy.

 

In addition to packing essentials like a helmet, water, snacks and sunscreen, make sure you know how to use the Location Status* feature within the Guardian app. It can come in handy because it allows you and up to seven loved ones* to view and share locations on a live map. Use it if you get separated from the group, or simply want to keep tabs on family members’ locations to know when lunch should be ready back at camp.  

If you happen to fall or have a medical emergency while biking, push the red Emergency button in your Guardian app. A specially trained Emergency Advisor can assess the situation, provide guidance and contact First Responders for you if necessary.  

Making waves on waterways  

Summer is the ultimate season to try new water activities. Whether you’re fishing at a local lake, kayaking down a river or relaxing at the beach, water safety is more than just knowing how to swim. It’s always best to be prepared if you’re heading out on the water, so pack life jackets, sunscreen and a first-aid kit. If you need help and there’s a medical emergency while you’re near the water, you can push the red Emergency button in the Guardian app, which can connect you to an Emergency Advisor who can help direct First Responders to your location.  

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Venturing outside your comfort zone  

Staycations, local trails and nearby beaches are great, but you should also feel confident exploring outside your hometown. Members have added peace of mind knowing Advisors are ready to help 24/7. If you run into trouble, push the red Emergency button in the Guardian app to connect to help, and an Advisor can contact First Responders for you and your loved ones. Roadside Assistance is also available, and an Advisor can request assistance if you have a flat tire or run out of fuel.

 

While you should always plan ahead, check the weather and pack essentials before heading out on a new summer outing, it’s great to know that OnStar has your back.  

 

1 Nature Conservancy Canada

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