OnStar Family Link Service

Have you every worried about a loved one who is making a long trip or driving in poor weather conditions? Maybe you have a new driver in the family and want to ensure their safety.  Now you can have peace of mind with OnStar Family Link.  This service is an opt-in extension to your monthly OnStar subscription and is made available to you for a nominal fee.  With no limit to the number of vehicles you can add, you will always be able to track your vehicle on the road without bothering the driver.

Upon sign up, you will be given direct access to the location of your vehicle by viewing a map, as well as the ability to schedule email or text message notifications with Family Link’s unique “Vehicle Location Alert”.  You can even personalize the system by setting the day, time and frequency of your alerts.

This year in the United States, OnStar was awarded a 2013 Silver Edison Award for the Family Link service.  Jon Lauckner, GM’s chief technology officer and vice-president of Global Research & Development was quoted as saying “These awards reaffirm our ability to lead in the transformation of the automotive industry with a commitment to innovation that benefits our customers around the globe”.

If you are interested in subscribing to this feature, please sign up at www.onstar.com/familylink and make sure to visit our award winning vehicles equipped with OnStar at www.queenstonchev.com

By: Amy Cochren

GM Canada



We can’t deny the convenience of mobile apps. However, with so many out there these days, it’s hard to know which ones to download and which ones actually hold value.  Here at AutoHwy.com, we are all about convenience for you, the customer.  For that reason, we have put together a list of free mobile apps that we think are the most useful to have when you are out on the road.

OnStar RemoteLink

If you currently own a General Motors vehicle and are an OnStar subscriber, this is one mobile app you want to make sure you download!  No longer will you find yourself struggling because you have locked your keys in the car.  Now, with the assistance of your phone, you are worry free with the remote start and unlock feature this mobile app provides.  The OnStar RemoteLink mobile app also allows you to receive fuel information such as range and remaining gallons, as well as the ability to monitor your oil life.  You can view your current tire pressure, activate your horn and lights to locate your vehicle, or simply contact OnStar for roadside assistance.  The features this app provides are simply unparalleled.

This mobile app is available on iPhone, Android and Blackberry devices. *FREE

Urban Spoon

How many times have we found ourselves out and about trying to decide on a place to eat?  More often than not, we pull in to the nearest chain restaurant, when what we really want to find is that little hole-in-the-wall diner all the locals love to eat at!  With the Urban Spoon mobile app, you can have thousands of restaurants at your fingertips.  The map mode on this app allows you to locate restaurants that are in your current vicinity.  Use the “shake feature” if you are feeling a little more spontaneous or there is always the option to filter by cuisine, neighbourhood or price.

This mobile app is available on iPhone, Android and Blackberry devices. *FREE


Yikes, you’re almost out of gas and you don’t know where you are!  Download the GasBuddy mobile app and your problems will be solved.  Not only does this app provide you with the locations of the nearest gas stations, but it will also tell you which stations offer the lowest gas prices.  This is a great app to have, especially when you find yourself in a pinch!

This mobile app is available on iPhone, Android and Blackberry devices. *FREE

 CAA Mobile App

This free mobile app is designed to make your life easier as a CAA Member.  Search for exclusive savings or plan a trip with TripTik (TripTik allows you to find CAA/AAA approved hotels, attractions, events and more).  Find yourself stuck on the side of the road with a flat tire and are unsure where you put that CAA card with your membership number?  Simply use your mobile app to request roadside assistance.

This mobile app is available on iPhone, Android and Blackberry devices. *FREE

Discover Ontario Mobile App

This mobile app is the official app of Ontario Tourism.  Find out where the Province’s festivals and events are being held and even get tips on dining and lodging.  This app is great for families and even adventure enthusiasts.

This mobile app is available on iPhone, Android and Blackberry devices. *FREE

By: Amy Cochren