Jump-Starting Vehicles by Yourself
Not all vehicle breakdowns need towing services. When it is a car battery which failed, all you require is a jump start. Battery charges are easier to fix compared to replacing a flat tire or repairing a vehicle. However, a dead battery will also result in an immobilized car.
Jump-starting a vehicle it not necessarily difficult; in fact, with the right knowledge and experience, one can handle it properly. However, you do need some assistance from another driver, and that driver’s vehicle. To do so, you will need to:
How to Jump Start
Firstly, you need to get a set of jumper cables. Next, the cars have to be put in neutral and parked. Take one of the red clips and clip to the positive (+ve) terminal of the car battery of your car. Take the other red clip and clip to the positive terminal of the other car. The black colored clip is then clipped onto the negative terminal on the battery of the other car. Next, take the other black clip and clip it to an unpainted metal part of your own car. Do not clip it to the negative terminal of your own vehicle. The other car should start the engine first, let it run for a few minutes, followed by starting your own car. After all these processes, your car battery should charge and you should be able to drive.
When You Can’t Find Help
Although the processes may sound simple, it may not always be easy to get assistance from other drivers on the road. People are not always willing to help strangers left on the side of the road. You can be stranded midst of a remote area, and you probably do not wish to disturb your friend or relative in the middle of the night.
In such cases, you can consider calling for a towing and roadside assistance company to help you. In some cases, the car battery may be completely zapped and it cannot be jump started. For such scenarios, you probably will need towing services to help you get the vehicle to repair shops for battery replacement.
How to Prevent Flat Battery
A car battery can go flat due to leaving the light on extensively. For example, leaving the hazard lights, interior lights, or hazards lights. Another possible scenario is leaving the air-conditioning on when the vehicle is started. These activities can drain the battery. Also, running the vehicle for the first time after a prolonged period of inactivity can negatively influence the battery. Cold, freezing weathers can also affect the car battery.
To prevent vehicle breakdowns, remember these factors. However, if you ever need assistance, do not hesitate to call for roadside assistance. Professional towing operators are able to assist you in such vehicle breakdowns.