Stupid Mistakes and Jumper Cables

We all do stupid things at times and I recently did mine.  My wife and I had to take a trip to Utah to see one of our children.  Because our car is on the small size and we were taking quite a bit of stuff for them, I had to make some extra room in the car.  So I set aside a few things that I normally carry, including a set of jumper cables.

You guessed it; I had a dead battery on the trip and no jumper cables.  Fortunately, I was able to get help and got started without any problem.  A new battery and a set of jumper cables later my problem is solved.  But it goes to show you always need to be careful.

If you don’t have a set of jumper cables and know how to use them, get a set and learn to use them now.  My mistake was harmless, it just cost us a little time, but in a real emergency it could have been fatal.


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4 Responses to Stupid Mistakes and Jumper Cables

  1. Matt in Oklahoma says:

    Back in the day when I was a teen I touched the bumpers togther where metal met metal for the ground contact and used some bailing wire and vice grips on the positive terminals.

    • admin says:

      Interesting idea, one I want to remember. However with the new plastic bumpers it won’t work on a lot of new vehicles.

  2. millenniumfly says:

    Fortunately, I’m able to shove car-related stuff like jumper cables, tire sealant, and a few bottles of engine oil in the side compartment and wheel well of my cars trunks. On the other hand, I do have a tendency to take out my vehicle emergency kits in order to make room for luggage and such when we go on long road trips. 🙁

  3. ken says:

    I carry a battery pack with short cables. Usually sold as “jumper pack” or similar. This is much safer to use than cables as it does not expose your vehicle to damage if something goes wrong. It must be periodically recharged even if unused. Some units have an air compressor or small inverter in the housing.
    I have also prewired my main vehicle for jumper cables by using Anderson powerpole connectors. These are similar to the ones used by tow trucks. This way I can attach the cables to the disabled car then attach to my car while it is running without danger of being near the engine. I recently saw these connectors for sale at the local Napa auto parts store.

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