You’re running late and in a big hurry. You rush out the door to start your car only to hear the fatal clicking noises of a dead battery. We have all been there and your only way out is to get a jump start. But what is a jump start and how can you successfully carry one out to get your car back on the road? Learning how to jump a car is a crucial part of being a responsible driver. Read on to find out all about jumping your car.
What Is a Jump Start?
A jump start is when you use another vehicle or an external device to stimulate a dead battery with an electrical current. If your vehicle has a dead battery your only option is to use a jump start to get it back in action. During a jump start, you take jumper cables and attach one end of them to the battery of your vehicle. You then take the other end of the cables and attach them to the battery of a functioning vehicle, or external jump starter. Make sure to place the positive and negative clips of the cables on the corresponding areas of the battery to avoid damaging your equipment or shocking yourself.
Once the cables are attached, start the functioning vehicle and leave it running for a few minutes to charge your battery. Your vehicle should then start without any problems. If it doesn’t you may have other issues than a dead battery. If you have additional questions about the specifics of jumping your car consult your vehicle owner’s manual or call a professional like Dugger Services. Your manual will be able to provide you specific instructions on how to jump your vehicle without damaging it.
Additional Jump Start Info
When you need a jump start and nobody is around to help, you must call emergency roadside assistance. A professional can come to where you are and jump start your car for you. Your best bet to avoid having to jump start your car is to take care of crucial car maintenance. Make sure that your alternator gets inspected often as well as your starter. You should also replace your car’s battery at a minimum of every four years to avoid having it die on you. If you don’t drive your car very often, make sure to inspect your battery as well. If your car sits in one place and isn’t used, the battery will drain over time. This can put you in a precarious situation if you take it out for a short drive and end up with a dead battery once you reach your destination.
If your battery is due for a replacement, don’t hesitate. Car batteries are inexpensive and replacing an old one can save you a lot of trouble. They are also very easy to recycle.
Don’t Let a Dead Battery Ruin Your Day
A dead battery can be disastrous especially if you are on a tight schedule. Don’t let one ruin your day. Keep your battery new and in good condition. Also, know who to call when you need a jump start. If you are stuck on the side of the road contact us immediately. We can get your car jumped and get a new battery installed right away. That way you can get back on the road without having to worry about your car’s battery again.