How OnStar Can Help Keep You on the Road This Winter

Posted on December 12, 2017

Winter scene, car driving on a deserted road.

Whether it’s rain and fog or ice and snow, winter weather has an uncanny knack for impacting your travels at the worst moments. But when you have OnStar, you won’t be alone if you end up stranded. Here are three ways OnStar can help keep you and your family on the road this winter.

Roadside Assistance

In winter, being stranded can quickly become a dangerous situation. That’s why 24/7 access to Roadside Assistance8 is included with every paid OnStar service plan. If you need help, just push the blue OnStar button, and an Advisor can locate the nearest service provider and direct them to your location to help with an empty tank, changing a flat, jump-starting a battery and much more.

Advanced Diagnostics

The best way to minimize potential issues is to try to prevent them from happening in the first place. With OnStar’s Advanced Diagnostics,15 it’s easy to stay on top of your vehicle’s health and keep it running well. Get monthly diagnostics reports sent directly to your email, or push your blue button and ask an Advisor to check your vehicle’s status. They’ll let you know if there are any issues you need to worry about. And with Proactive Alerts,16 OnStar can even predict maintenance needs with key vehicle components like the battery, and let you know before they end up stranding you on the side of the road.

Your Vehicle’s Mobile App

Once the temperature drops, the appeal of getting into a frigid car and heading off on your daily commute does as well. That is, unless you’re getting into an already warm vehicle. Yes, your vehicle’s mobile app22 includes Remote Start for properly equipped vehicles.19 But that’s just the tip of the (hopefully not at all literal) iceberg. Your app allows you to stay connected to your vehicle, with access to select Advanced Diagnostics features to monitor your vehicle’s health, and Turn-by-Turn Navigation11 that can send directions from your app directly to your vehicle, in order to keep you on the right path. You can also remotely unlock your doors, in case you lock your keys in the car in subzero temperatures, and pinpoint your vehicle’s location21 directly from the app — you can even honk your horn and flash your lights remotely when you’re trying to find your car in a crowded parking lot.


Winter can be hard on your vehicle. But when you have OnStar, it’s a lot easier to stay on the road, so you can spend more time doing the things that matter most. Read more about how OnStar can help you handle the winter driving season.