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If your dad drives a GM-built vehicle that came with OnStar, why not think about renewing his subscription to the service since you know, like satellite radio, he let it lapse after the free trial period. Their Safe & Sound plan will get him automatic crash response, emergency services, hands free calling, the OnStar MyLink mobile app, vehicle diagnostics, stolen vehicle assistance, roadside assistance and remote unlocking, all for $199 per year. Step up to the Directions & Connections plan, and you get the features of the Safe & Sound plan, plus unlimited turn-by-turn navigation for $299 per year.
If your dad doesn’t own a GM vehicle, there’s still a chance to give him OnStar when the OnStar FMV (For My Vehicle) kit comes out later this summer. The OnStar FMV mirror replaced the existing rearview mirror, and gives you many of the same fee-based services as the standard OnStar system. Look for OnStar FMV to show up at Best Buy stores this summer, so you’ll have to give your dad an IOU for now.
A Day On A Race Track
Your dad is never too old for a track day, and we’ve never seen a student leave a well-run track day event without a permanent grin on his face. He’ll have fun, it will improve his driving skills and it will give you additional bonding time, since you can help him change his brake pads after the event. The National Auto Sport Association runs instructor-led track days from coast to coast, and even non-NASA members can participate at a slightly higher cost. A one day event will cost around $289 depending on the track, but a two day weekend driving event is the better deal at $399.