In addition to rules and regulation of the road, it is important for you to know some basic knowledge such as
boositng a dead battery so that your vehicle can start. A survey of young adults and teenagers who have recently started
driving, and found that more than half of our candidates have not boosted a battery before. We found that of the 40
percent that have, only 60 percent of those that have attempted a jump start before, did not remember how or would not
be confident in doing this again.
With the appearance of road-side assistance and the boosted reliance of the
vehicles today, it is easy to understand why many have not had to learn how to jump start their cars. It is important
for any driver to know how to jump start a car, as help may not be available, may take a long time before help comes,
and can be part of your general knowledge amongst other "survial" gear such as winter tires
How To Jump Start your car
|Before You Begin:
Now you are ready to begin connecting the vehicles (while they are off)
- Every vehicle can be slightly different; the best thing to start with is to consult the owner's manual before
- If the owner's manual is missing or misplaced and you cannot find it, the best thing to do is to find the make and
model of the vehicle and search for resources online before you continue.
- After doing your research the first thing to do is the check your vehicle and shut off any features that require the
use of electricity to prevent further draining of your already dying battery.
- Now line up both the vehicles so that the batteries are as close together as possible. Many booster cables are short
and may not reach the other battery.
- Next make sure both vehicles are in park and the engine shut off. Make sure that there are no conductors connecting
the car bodies.
- Next double check again that all accessories and lights that require batteries are off or unplugged. This is
important as all the features of the vehicle will also be drawing power from the good battery this can cause damage as
the in-rush of voltage is taken from the good battery.
- Now prop open the hood, make sure the retention system on the hood is secure, you don't want the car hood to sudden
drop on top of you or the live connection.
- Next familiarize yourself with the negative and the positive terminals of both vehicles. Check, then double check;
as the results of mixing up the connections can be deadly.
Remember to keep all
four ends of the booster cables from touching each other during this process.
Removing the booster cables
- Connect one end of the positive cable (usually red) to the positive terminal of
the dead battery.
- Now connect the opposite positive end of the same cable to the positive terminal of
the good battery.
- Next connect the negative cable (usually black) to the negative terminal of
the good battery.
- Now connect the negative cable to the negative terminal on the dead
- You may now start the car with the good battery.
- Leave the cars for a few minutes, then attempt to start the car with a dead battery.
Now that you have boosted your car it is important to disconnect the
cables properly to avoid damage and injury. It doesn't matter where you start now as both the cars are now live and
supplying electricity to the cables. The important thing to remember is to never complete the connection. First
disconnect the cables from one of the vehicles.
Charging your battery back up
- Disconnect the cables from the terminals at one car
- Now that you have a live connection take care not to just drop them on the ground or let them touch each other or
- Use the cables insulation to prevent an unintentional connection. Clip one of the cables to the insulated body of
the wire. This way it stays secure and will not touch.
- Now disconnect the remaining cables from the other car.
Now that you have gotten your car to start up do not turn it off.
Your battery is still very low and most likely cannot support enough energy to start the car on its own. If you shut it
off now, you will need to boost your car again. The best way to charge a dead battery is to leave the car running or
idling. Your alternator only provides so much energy and when you turn on your headlights or heat while you drive this
takes away from that finite supply of energy. If you leave the car idling then most of the volts provided from the
alternator can go to charging the battery thus charging it faster.
After about 30 minutes or so you may start
driving, however it is a good choice to go home right away in case there is something wrong with the battery and it
doesn't hold a charge. Do not turn off your car engine until you have made it home or that you have someone to help you
boost your vehicle again if it will not start.