Why You Need Jumper Cables (& How To Use Them–with printable)

Great little tutorial with a free printable. Never forget the proper way to jump a car.

This is not my typical post. I linked to an article yesterday on my facebook page, with a bunch of “car hacks.”  One of those great ideas was a printable tag with instructions to keep with your jumper cables in your car. A reader alerted me to the fact that it wasn’t working, so I decided to create one for you all.

But first…

You do have a set of jumper cables in your car, don’t you? If not, you should–it’s a $10 investment that I think every vehicle owner should make. A dead battery can happen to anyone, especially if you have children who might accidentally leave something on. Ahem. Because we adults would never do that, right???

You’ll be more likely to get help with your dead battery

When my husband and I first married, I had this car that was kind of on it’s last leg, and there were several issues that contributed to my having a dead battery a LOT during those months. The first time it happened, I was in the next county over, 30 minutes away. My hubby was at work, and fighting a forest fire, so there was no way he could come and help me. While a ridiculous number of cars just drove right past me sitting there in broad daylight with my hood up right in the middle of town, one person did stop to offer assistance. She was ready and willing to help me, but did not have a set of jumper cables in her car.

And neither did I.

I sat there that day for 4 hours. Until my hubby could finally come and help me. I was frustrated at the lack of offers to help that I received, but I was even more frustrated with myself, knowing that I could have started my car and drove off after the first half hour if I’d only had some jumper cables with me.

My husband and I went to the store and got some that very day.

Don’t think it can’t happen to you, even if your car is in great shape. There is a first time for everything, and there is always the possibility of leaving an inside light on, kids turning things on, etc.

You can help someone else

Even if you never do have a dead batter–lucky you!–you can possibly help someone else. Like the kind woman who stopped to offer assistance to me that day, I have also been in a position where I could have blessed someone if I’d only had a set of jumper cables with me. Hubby and I have had the opportunity to jump start other vehicles a few times.

How to Jump a Car

One word of caution–it is very important that you hook the cables up properly! Which is why I created this printable that you can print out and keep with the booster cables in your car. Full disclosure–the other one (the one with the broken link that I referred to above) was much cuter than mine! But, hopefully this will serve it’s purpose.

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How to Jump a Car {printable tag}


Do you have booster/jumper cables in your car?

Have you ever been stranded with a dead battery?


  1. Ruth Shave says

    You rock! That is so awesome! I’m going to print it, run it through my laminator and store it with my jumper cables. No more worries about whether or not I’m doing it right. I might even look smart now!

  2. Wenddie says

    A couple of years ago another homeschool mom and I wanted to use our church’s gym for a fun day but her battery was dead. She had the jumper cables but needed my help. I went over with our car but then we were both clueless as to how to put them on. I called my father in law and he talked us through it. Praise the Lord we got her car to start and felt so accomplished that as moms we can do somethings for ourselves with a little help from a guy but this would have been real handy to have that day.

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