Car Battery Dead?
If you’ve been a driver for a while, you’ve likely seen how harsh winter weather can take a toll on your car battery. Maybe you were in a rush to get to work or had returned to your car after a long day to find your battery dead and your engine unable to start. Situations like these can occur to anyone at any time, and knowing how to boost your car can help you get back on the road faster than waiting for CAA to arrive. Keep reading to learn on how to safely boost your car.
What You Will Need to Boost Your Car
To successfully boost your car, you’ll need a few items – jump cables, a friendly stranger, and a donor car. Finding a kind individual to help you boost your car is much easier to find than jumper cables in the middle of an emergency, so make sure to keep these in your trunk at all times. You never know when you may need them!
The dead car is the one that needs the jump. When you hear ‘donor car’ that’s referencing the car that will be doing the jumping. Booster cables are the most important item as it allows the transferring of the battery power from one vehicle to another. Finally, the post is the point on the battery that the cable clamps will connect to.
Jumper Cables for Boosting Cars
Consider the red colour of your booster cables a ‘positive’ quality. Always connect the red clamps of your cables to the positive post on the battery of both the dead and donor car. Additionally, you should find you have a cable with a black clamp. The black clamp is always connected to the negative battery post of the donor car and bare metal on the dead vehicle. A helpful tip – write out this information and store it with the jumper cables in your car so you don’t forget!
Safety Tip When Boosting Your Car
An important safety tip before you begin the jumping process: Always make sure that both vehicles are in park and the vehicle contributing to the revival of the battery is shut off. Most importantly, never let the clamp heads touch each other at any point during this process.
Before you connect those cables and try to start your vehicle pay attention to a few extremely important safety issues: