There are many ways that your car battery can die. It may simply be time for a new battery, or you may have left your lights on after parking. Whatever the case may be, knowledge about jump starting a car is essential. We at Hansen Injury Law don’t want you to get stranded on the road. So, this post explains the basics of how to jump start a car.
Jump Starting a Car: The Basics
When your battery dies, you have some options. One of the most effective options is a car battery jump starter. These jump starters can be very convenient because they allow you to solve the problem by yourself. This convenience comes at a price, though. Many jump starters are close to or over $100. The cheaper and most common option is keeping jumper cables in your trunk. Jumper cables require another car to help. Below are the basic steps to jump starting a car using cables.
- Bring your car and another close together, with hoods facing each other. Make sure both cars are off.
- Open the hoods of both cars and locate the batteries.
- Car batteries will have a black covering for negative and a red covering for positive. Place one of the red clips on the jumper cables on the positive terminal of your battery, then the other red clip on the other car’s positive terminal. Place a black clip on the other car’s negative terminal, and the other black clip on an unpainted metal part of your own car.
- Start the working car and wait a few minutes.
- Now turn the ignition of your car and it should start. If it doesn’t start, try revving the engine of the working car.
- Take off the cables, starting with black then red. Avoid touching the clips together!
After jump starting a car, it is good to drive around or keep it running for a while. This will make sure that your battery charges back up again, so that it doesn’t die again after being turned off.
Idaho Car Accident Lawyers
While a dead battery can often be fixed, some car problems are more serious. Car accidents happen frequently. Unfortunately, they often cause serious injury and result in high medical bills. If you are injured in a car accident in Idaho, the lawyers at Hansen Injury Law Firm can help you get the compensation you deserve.
We offer you an absolutely free copy of our informative accident law guide, The Idaho Accident Book. This book will help you understand your rights in an injury case. To schedule a free initial consultation with one of our car accident lawyers, please contact us today.