When you’re on a road trip, the last thing you want is to find that your car is dead. Knowing how to jumpstart your battery will get you back on the road in no time.
In hopes that you find your battery dead where there are other people with cars around, ask a friendly person at a diner, gas station or wherever you’re stranded for some help. You’ll need another car with a working battery. Do you have jumper cables of your own? If not, you need to locate some or ask someone who has them.
How to Jumpstart your Car
When doing any kind of work on your battery, it’s important to be safe. The troublemakers are sulfuric acid and explosive acids in the battery that could be produced when the battery is charging and discharging.
Two important things to have handy are gloves and protective eyewear when working on batteries. If you don’t have those available on the road, use sunglasses for your eyes and avoid touching your face and eyes when charging and working on car batteries. You want to avoid sulfuric acid mishaps and corrosion on your battery.
Here are a few other tips about battery safety:
Before you find yourself stranded with a dead battery and no one to help but roadside assistance, equip your vehicle with a car battery charger. They range from $20 and up, and along with jumper cables, will keep you prepared in case of a dead battery on a road trip.
Learn how to use a car battery charger before you get out on the road by reading the charger’s manual and our tips.