Originally posted by MichaelC:
But seriously, I had been thinking it might come in handy for my cross-country trips, where I often travel through long stretches of desolate highway. Haven't had engine failure in northern Wyoming yet, but just in case...
My 80-ish aunt has it, and likes it.
Until recently I :-( would have scoffed at it.
I had my first auto accident a year ago, on a rural highway. It was a high speed impact (swerved to miss a reckless minivan*, and went into a steep 6+ foot ditch, with 270+ degree spin about the vertical axis). I only lost consciousness for a short period (the stuff in airbags is very pungent
and acts like smelling salts), and was barely able to get out on my own, but that was largely luck. The passenger side frame was bent, and even the cop couldn't open that door.
MichaelC, after that experience, and given your criteria (winter driving in remote locales), I think I'd go with OnStar if my vehicle came with it preinstalled. I'd never heard of that automatic activation upon airbag deployment, which sounds like an excellent safety feature! Can you subscribe by the month, or is there a minimum contract period?
* Note: while the minivan chose not to stop, two other vehicles did and stayed with me until emergency services showed up. Rural folk are generally very generous and attuned
to pulled over cars, though that can be a little awkward for :-) birdwatchers who make frequent sudden stops with blinkers on (I need a special rear window sign for that)!