Jumper cables can be a vital tool for drivers to have in their trunks for an emergency, but if you don't use them correctly, you might invite an entirely different kind of trouble.

To use jumper cables safely, you must first make sure that both vehicles' ignitions are switched off. Now, you can safely put the first red clamp onto the positive end of the working battery; this will be larger than the negative terminal. Next, clamp the other red cable onto the dead battery's positive end and the first black clip next to it on the negative terminal.

You should be left with one black cable, which is then fastened to the metal strut that's holding up the hood of your car. After you start the working vehicle engine, let it sit for a few minutes to allow for adequate charging time. After a few minutes, start the other car and take it for a drive around Traverse City to make sure it's fully charged.

 

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