A dead battery or one that is about to die can make your car stall on you either when you are on the road or when trying to pull the car out of your driveway to go somewhere. Have you realized that this sort of thing happens when you least expect it? However, those who are prepared can deal with this situation anytime. Here is a how to jumpstart a car guide:

Buy a good set of jumper cables. This is one of the most important things you should do. However, you need to be careful as all jumper cables are not created equal meaning that the cables are not made with the same attention to quality.

Do you have a set of jumper cables that was handed down to you by your parent or grandparent? If the answer is a big yes, then it is good that you replace them with a new pair. In fact, using a pair that does work properly or an old pair can be as inefficient as not having any jumper cables.

When you jump a car, you are essentially recharging the battery by connecting the jumper cables from a car or a vehicle with a working battery to your car’s dead battery. Avoid touching the metal edges of the jumper cables as the edges carry voltage through them and can shock you or lead to serious injury.

It is good to ensure that the car you get a jump from has a similar level of voltage left to your car’s battery. For instance, if you are at the side of a highway, choose any vehicle or SUV that is on the road provided the battery of the vehicle you choose is not on the brink of dying.

Assuming that you have a good set of jumper cables, the first thing to do when your car stalls is to connect your cables to your car’s battery and the other vehicle’s battery. Shut off the working vehicle’s engine, put your car and the other vehicle in neutral or park position and then apply the parking brake to the two cars to be safe.

Jumper cable clamps are colored black and red. Put the red clamp on your battery’s positive or plus sign terminal. Place the red clamp on the other vehicle’ positive terminal. Attach the black clamp to the negative terminal on the other battery but attach the remaining black clamp to a piece of metal or the shiny metal nut to the engine.

The other vehicle can now be started by turning the ignition and waiting for 1 minute. Try to start your engine after this time. The car should work by now. However, if it doesn’t, shut the engine off. The working car should run again for 1 minute.

Try starting your car. Get the engine to run or turn over. If it doesn’t, rev the engine a bit by applying the gas pedal. Doing this will kick the engine back on with your newly recharged battery. After your car has been jumped, remove the jumper cables carefully. Avoid touching the metal parts to each other or by hand.

If the jump is not able to jump start your car, then it means that there is another problem that needs to be fixed. At times it may be because of a faulty alternator or a fuse. Either way, have your car towed to safety.

Ensure that you always have a good set of jumper cables in your vehicle’s trunk. This is because of the fact that you never know when you will need them or when you will meet a stranded motorist who needs your help.