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Tracking Santa from the car

By Tara Baukus Mello · Bankrate.com
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Posted: 1 pm ET

For nearly 60 years, the North American Aerospace Defense Command has used its military technology to track Santa's progress across the globe each Christmas Eve, taking phone calls from children to update them on his location, and in more recent years, charting his progress via the Web and social media. But for families on the road, getting those updates hasn't been easy until the past few years.

This Christmas Eve, OnStar will team with NORAD to tell kids Santa's whereabouts while they travel. This is the fifth year that OnStar has worked with NORAD to provide this information.

Children in cars equipped with OnStar in the U.S., Canada and Mexico can push the blue OnStar button and request a Santa update at any time on Christmas Eve. The OnStar adviser will provide Santa's location, based on NORAD's latest data.

Tara Baukus Mello writes the cars blog as well as the weekly Driving for Dollars column, providing both practical financial advice for consumers as well as insight into the latest developments in the automotive world. Follow her on Facebook here or on Twitter @SheDrives.

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