It’s a feeling of utter dread when you put the key in the ignition, turn it, and hear silence. Your battery has died and now you can’t go anywhere without a jump. Knowing you have a solid pair of low-gauge jumper cables in your trunk should give you some peace of mind though. If you have them at hand, then all you need is a Good Samaritan to help.
Using a pair of jumper cables is easy, but potentially hazardous if handled improperly. All safety precautions should be taken seriously any time you’re dealing with electrical current. Be very careful not to accidentally touch the teeth of the clamps to anything when they’re connected.
If you’re trying to jump your battery in very cold weather, it might be more difficult to get it going. The cold hampers the charging and starting process, so be patient and let your battery charge longer before attempting to start it up in winter weather. Follow the instructions below as closely as possible. As long as you do what this infographic tells you, your car will be running again in no time.