AAA recently reported that it expects a record-setting number of people to travel away from home during the upcoming year-end holidays this year. Of the more than 103 million Americans who’ll travel between Friday, December 23, 2016 and Monday, January 2, 2017, 93.6 million will travel by car. With so many people driving to their destinations, it’s not surprising that AAA anticipates it will receive over 980,000 calls for roadside assistance.

With failed batteries being one of the top three reasons AAA expects people to call for help, everyone at the car dealerships that make up our Indianapolis, IN automotive group thought it would be a good idea to provide instructions you can follow to jump start your car if your battery falters. It doesn’t matter if you drive one of the best used cars or a brand-new automobile, knowing how to jump start your car can save your life, especially if you’re stranded in extreme weather conditions.

To jump start your car, you should:

·        Park a working car in front of the one that has a dead battery so that they’re facing each other and only about 18 inches apart. Make sure both vehicles are in park, have their emergency brakes engaged, and are turned off.

·        Attach one of the clamps at the end of the red cable to the dead battery’s positive terminal.

·        Put the clamp at the other end of the red cable on the positive terminal on the “live” battery.

·        Connect one of the clamps on the black cable to the functioning battery’s negative terminal.

·        Attach the black cable’s second clamp to an unpainted metal part on the car with the dead battery that’s not close to any moving parts.

·        Start the working automobile and lightly rev its engine for a few minutes.

·        After a few minutes have passed, try to start the other car. If it doesn’t start, continue to let the working car charge the dead battery for a few more minutes before you attempt to start the vehicle again.

·        Once the dead automobile is running, disconnect your jumper cables in the reverse order in which you attached them, being careful not to let the clamps touch.

·        Take the car that had the dead battery for a quick drive to allow its battery to build up a charge that will help the vehicle start the next time you get behind the wheel.

One way you can minimize the chances that your battery will fail during your travels is to have the experts in our car dealerships inspect your battery before you leave town. To schedule an appointment to have your battery inspected, contact Tom Wood Automotive Group to find the Tom Wood service center that’s closest to your location today.

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