Jumpstarting a Car Safely

Jumpstarting a car is the process of using a set of jumper cables to connect another car’s battery to your own to provide enough electrical power to start your vehicle. It is important that safety measures are taken when jumpstarting a car as incorrect use of the cables can cause serious damage and even injury. Before attempting to jumpstart the vehicle, it is crucial that you understand the necessary steps and precautions.

Knowing how to jumpstart a car is an important skill that everyone should have. Preparation is key and it’s important to make sure that you are ready before you attempt to jumpstart the car.

Be sure to have all the necessary supplies such as jumper cables, a working battery, and another car with a working battery available before attempting the jumpstart.

If possible, it’s best practice to read through the user manual for your vehicle so that you can familiarise yourself with the process of jumpstarting your model of car. Lastly, always exercise caution when attempting this process as incorrect connections can damage both cars.

For anyone who has ever had a car that won’t start, jumpstarting the car is often the quickest way to get it running again.


Here are the essential steps for jumpstarting your car:

Step 1

Make sure that both cars are in park or neutral and the parking brakes are engaged.

Step 2

Connect one end of the jumper cables to the positive terminal on your dead battery and do the same with the other end of the cable on your working battery or the positive terminal on the car that you are connecting to.

Step 3

Next, connect the negative terminal on your dead battery with an unpainted metal part of your engine block (not near fuel lines) or the negative terminal of the donor car.

Step 4

Start the car with the dead battery. You can now remove all jumper leads.

Step 5

Keep the vehicle running for at least 30 minutes to charge the battery via the alternator.

If the car does not start after this process, you will need a new battery as the battery is not capable of taking on charge anymore.

When jumpstarting your car fails, it can be a very stressful and frustrating experience. Therefore it’s important to know troubleshooting tips to help you resolve the issue quickly and get back on the road as soon as possible.

Some helpful tips include checking the battery connections and making sure there is enough fuel in the tank. Additionally, you should also ensure that all cables are properly connected before attempting to start your engine again. If all this fails, you may need to replace the battery in the vehicle.

If you are not confident in this process, give us a call! We are happy to walk you through the procedure of jump starting a car.

We also have our great Lithium Jumpstart Packs which make the process even easier, and no need for a second car!

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We understand the importance of a properly functioning battery for your car, especially during unexpected roadside situations.

Our dedicated team is committed to providing top-notch roadside assistance, ensuring you’re never stranded due to a dead battery.

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