Whether you’re a festival first-timer or a fun-loving event regular, these ideas can help you on your journey so you feel more relaxed on the road.


Before you set off you need to check a few things like oil, brake fluid, screenwash and that all the car’s key systems are running smoothly. Tyre pressures are important too, as you may have more people in the car than usual and that can affect handling and braking.1 We can help with OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics.


Pack light. It’s a good idea to carry a first-aid kit, warm-weather clothes (and wellies!), plenty of water, sunscreen and snacks. But unload things that live in your car, like gym bags and sports gear, to help make sure everyone has enough room. And remember not to block your rear window with stuff – it’s dangerous. One final thing to pack – the biodegradable glitter.


Summer events can sometimes be in tricky-to-find places, so if you need help use Destination Download*. Just press the Blue Button and one of our Advisors will send the route direct to your satnav. Or download your directions from the app.


If you’re going far, be sure to have regular stops on the way. Take 15-minute breaks in journeys over three hours so everyone can stretch their legs.2 And remember not to drive tired on the way back.


The chances are you’ll end up parking with hundreds (or even thousands) of other vehicles at some summer events. So when it’s time to leave, the Find My Vehicle function on our app comes in handy. And if you accidentally lock your keys in your car, you can unlock it using the app.

Download the app here:


Driving greener is better for the environment. Here are some starters to help make your summer road trips more eco-friendly and save you money, too.

Check your tyres. Under-inflated ones need more energy to begin moving and can increase fuel costs. Tyres with the correct pressure can improve kilometrage by over 3%.3 You can check them, fluid levels and your car’s key systems using OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics.

Lighten your load. Taking less luggage can make your vehicle more fuel efficient, so think about what you need on each journey.4

Open the windows. Try to use your air con less – it sucks up engine power and that can increase fuel consumption by 20%.5 Get some sunshades to help cool down your car.

Change the way you drive. A car is most fuel-efficient when you drive at a steady speed6, so avoid sudden acceleration and braking. Slow down gradually, using your brakes instead of your gears if you’re driving a manual, and you could reduce emissions, too.7

Watch your speed. Driving at 112kph uses up to 10% more fuel than at 96kph, and up to 15% more than 80kph.8

Keep luggage off the roof. A rooftop cargo box can reduce your car’s fuel efficiency by up to 25%. Rooftop bike racks also affect your kilometres-per-litre performance even if they are empty, because they interfere with aerodynamics.9

Switch off when your car is stationary. Idling for just 10 seconds wastes more fuel than restarting your engine and it adds to air pollution.10


Checking your car is in good working order is simple with OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics. Choose the way that works for you.


*Please note that some features are not available on all models

  1. https://www.reddrivingschool.com/2010/07/reds-tips-for-driving-to-a-festival-for-the-first-time/
  2. https://www.theaa.com/driving-advice/safety/tired-drivers
  3. https://www.thoughtco.com/keep-tires-inflated-save-the-planet-1203959
  4. https://www.terrapass.com/road-trip
  5. https://www.nrcan.gc.ca/energy/efficiency/transportation/21030
  6. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/2752696/Economy-driving-How-to-cut-your-fuel-costs.html
  7. https://greenerideal.com/guides/1209-10-eco-friendly-road-trip-tips/
  8. https://www.moneywise.co.uk/household-finances/drive-commute/drive-down-car-fuel-costs-and-cut-your-carbon-dioxide-footprint
  9. https://www.terrapass.com/road-trip
  10. https://www.edf.org/attention-drivers-turn-your-idling-engines