Jump Starting Vehicles in Emergencies can Increase Safety

Here at Kia of West Nyack, we enjoy helping our customers and indeed all drivers to find ways to stay safe during road-based emergencies. While many modern vehicles are quite durable, sometimes components do fail. One component that is key for vehicle operation is the battery and knowing how to jump-start dead batteries can promote safety.

To begin, drivers will need another vehicle and a set of jumper cables. The repair vehicle should be parked nose to nose with the dead vehicle if possible. After this, drivers of both vehicles should ensure that their cars remain in place during the process. To this end, they should place their transmissions in park and also set the parking brakes. Once this is done, drivers should locate the positive and negative terminals on both batteries. Positive terminals are often red in color and may be larger the negative terminals. Next, drivers should attach the red jumper cable clip to the positive terminal of the dead battery and then connect the other red clip to the positive terminal of the rescue battery. Following this, drivers should connect the black or negative clip on the jumper cables to the negative pole of the rescue battery. To complete the process, the final negative clip should connect to a safe spot in the engine compartment of the distressed vehicle. The cables should always be placed in such a way that they avoid hitting any moving engine parts.

Next, the driver of the repair vehicle should start the engine and allow it to run for several minutes. During this time, electricity from the rescue vehicle should flow to the dead battery, thus recharging it. After a few minutes, the driver of the distressed vehicle should have enough power in the battery to start the engine.

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