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How to Jump Start Your Car

How to Jump Start your Car
We’ve got a handy guide to help you jump start a dead car!

Your car won’t start—now what? Here’s how to jump start your car:

Steps to Jump-Start:

  • Park both cars in neutral next to each other and make sure they are close enough for the cables to reach but are not touching.
  • Connect the first end of the red cable (positive) to the positive terminal on the other car’s battery. Do the same for the non-working battery.
  • Connect the black cable (negative) to the negative terminal on the other car’s battery. Attach the other end to a grounding point on your car, like a bolt or bracket, away from the dead battery. Check your owner’s manual, because some cars have negative jump-starting poles for that purpose.
  • Ensure that both cables are away from any moving parts and then start the engine of the working car.
  • Wait a minute, and then try starting your car. If it doesn’t work, let it charge a bit longer and try again.
  • Once you get your car started up, make sure to drive it for at least half an hour before shutting off the engine again.

Remember, dealerships will help you out, too! Ask Lee’s Summit Honda for any help you need.

Take a look at the 2016 Honda CR-V!

More driving tips: Drive Safely in the Slush

Winter Driving Tips: How to Drive in Slush

How to Drive in Slush and Snow - Lee's Summit, MO
If the roads look like this, you need our tips to drive safely down them!

Slush isn’t the most dangerous winter weather hazard, but it can definitely be tricky—with slush, you’re going to get a mix of snow, ice, and melted water, and odds are you won’t be able to tell which is which. Here are some tips on how to drive in slush so you can get from place to place safely until the snow melts all the way.

A lot of driving in slush is common sense. Don’t rush—leave early or arrive late if you have to, but slow and steady wins the race in poor conditions. Give yourself extra stopping distance, and brake early at red lights—you don’t want to end up skidding into the middle of the lane.

It’s always smart to follow the tracks left by other drivers. These will be drier and less slick. Never use cruise control in any bad conditions—you need to be able to let off the gas pedal to slow down instead of engaging your brakes, which can cause you to skid. Slow down on bridges or under them, since ice tends to build up here and going too fast can cause you to skid.

Drive smart!

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