Learn how in-vehicle data can help you create a more enjoyable road trip for all passengers
There’s an age-old question: “Are we there yet?” Chances are you’ve had this thought after a long travel day — or you may have heard a couple of back-seat passengers ask it a few too many times. As annoying as that can be, road trips are a time-honoured tradition for us to get out there and explore as a family.
After being stuck at home for so long, many people are excited to finally be able to travel again. In fact, a recent study shows more than nine in 10 Canadians plan to take a leisure trip in the next six months, with nearly three in four travellers expecting to take a trip by car over the next 12 months.1 With a little preparation, and the help of a Connected Services plan,* those long-awaited journeys can be even more successful.
Choose the best route
Whether you’re planning a cross-country trek or only travelling a few hours from home, it’s important to plan thoroughly and pick a sensible route. Many people choose their route based on where they want to rest their head at night, while others like to be more flexible and play it by ear depending on what roadside attractions they encounter. Either way, your vehicle’s data connection can offer assistance, so passengers can help look up cool destinations and must-see stops using the available built-in Wi-Fi® Hotspot.*
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In addition, the available Maps+* In-Vehicle App* can give you added peace of mind knowing you can easily see your location on your vehicle’s centre screen without relying on a smartphone or “co-pilot.”
Bring Alexa on the go
Instantly upgrade your road trip experience with available Alexa Built-in,* which allows you to use your voice to make phone calls with a paired phone, play music, check the weather, get directions and more. Use it for a range of scenarios: locate a park for the kids to stretch their legs, add something to your shopping list for later or even find the answers to any burning questions you may have.
Keep everyone entertained
Longer road trips require a bit more thought into how you and your passengers will pass the time. Your vehicle’s Wi-Fi Hotspot provides a strong signal and allows passengers to connect up to seven compatible devices to stream movies, download games, surf the web, post on social media and video chat, all while on the go. The Wi-Fi signal works up to 15 metres away from the vehicle (as long as the vehicle is running or in accessory mode), so you can all spread out at the beach or campground.
You can also stream content through In-Vehicle Apps, right on your vehicle’s touchscreen. For instance, Spotify* makes it easy for when you want to have a family singalong or listen to your favourite playlist. And don’t forget you can always ask Alexa to play what you’re looking for.
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Factor in the weather forecast
You can’t control the weather, but you can control which route you take. If you run into unexpected or dangerous weather, use The Weather Channel* app to see when the storm will pass or how the forecast looks for your next adventure. Your passengers can also check their favourite weather apps or sites on their devices through the Wi-Fi Hotspot.
Get support when you need it
Even the most prepared road trippers can run into unexpected hurdles while on the open road. So if you get a flat tire, run out of gas or experience another problem that requires a tow, simply push the blue OnStar button and request Roadside Assistance.* Fun fact: With an eligible plan, you can use your vehicle mobile app* or call 1.888.4ONSTAR (1.888.466.7827) to request assistance if you’re locked out of your vehicle (if properly equipped) or need help with other unforeseen issues.
And then there’s the OnStar Guardian™ app,* which can also help keep you and your family more protected no matter what vehicle you’re in. All you have to do is download the app to your phone and subscribe to an eligible plan, and you’ll have access to Emergency Advisors* right from your phone.
If you’re on a solo trip or want to let family members know where you are on the road, the Guardian app’s Location Status* feature can give you access to a live map to view and share locations with up to seven loved ones,* so your family will know when you arrive at your destination.
And remember, if you encounter an emergency on the road or see someone else who needs help, push the red Emergency button.* The red button should be used if you or someone nearby requires medical assistance, if you’re in a dangerous situation that requires help from the police, or if you witness or come upon a crash.
Ready to try data for yourself? Push your blue OnStar button to speak to an Advisor or add data to your plan by visiting your GM Account.
1 Travel Pulse Canada