If you know how to safely jump-start a car, you can help a neighbor in need. This knowledge could make you a Lafayette, LA resident's hero. At Sterling Kia, we recommend these steps.

Familiarize yourself with your jumper cables. Usually, the positive cable features red or striped handles over its clamps. Connect a positive clamp to the dead battery's positive terminal. Next, fasten that cable to your battery's positive terminal, and attach your negative cable to your negative terminal.

Do not attach the remaining clamp to the dead battery's negative terminal. You want to avoid sparks, so clamp it to a metal piece that is unpainted and not near moving parts. Start your vehicle now and rev it. After a minute, the other driver can try to start their car. If they cannot start their car despite several attempts, the other driver should seek a new battery or other repairs.

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