There are different kinds of auto batteries and if you are the type of driver who also knows about his car and its repairs, you are probably familiar with 12 volt battery chargers. These are probably the most reliable car batteries ever. Car owners are aware that equipment breakdown can be avoided when you practice proper maintenance, however, there will be times, no matter how careful you are, that lights will be accidentally left on or the car air conditioner and/or radio are left on for very a long time, thus resulting to massive power loss.
Untoward incidents really happen and it is important that everyone who owns a vehicle and knows how to drive are aware what should be done. Here are a few important pointers to keep in mind.
- First thing to ensure is to remain calm and composed, especially if you are already on the road and make sure to stay out of harm’s way.
- It is always wise to use your Reflective Safety Triangles to alert other drivers that you have met an accident.
- Analyze and see where the problem is coming from. Check the battery by turning on your ignition. A rapid clicking sound or lights turning on but dim immediately mean you have to see if battery connections have been compromised so check for loose battery cables.
- If you have checked battery connections and still your car doesn’t start, try using your 12 volt battery chargers.
- While you are doing this, keep in mind not to smoke, let alone light a cigarette while you’re near the car, remember that batteries emit gas, you don’t want to further aggravate your situation.
- Some people are used to push starting their cars thinking this solves the problem; they fail to realize that doing so poses grave danger not only to the car’s engine but also to anyone near or inside the car.
- It is also important to take note that there is also acid in the batteries so do not, in any way, come into contact with acid, can be very corrosive.
- If somebody with a car jumpstarts your vehicle, make sure that the two cars are not too close to each other.
You also need to make sure that you are in any way near or touching any of the two vehicles. Make sure that the source vehicle is kept running while charging is ongoing.
- While in the process of charging, be on the lookout for a green colored test light, after which will turn red to indicate that there is solid connection between the car to be jumped and the car assisting.
- The moment your car has finished charging and you are well on your way to your destination, do not immediately shut off your engine, but instead have the batteries checked right away.
- One last and important safety precaution you need to keep in mind is that you if you have 12 volt battery chargers make sure that you do not use one with a 24 volt power supply as this can cause damage to the electrical system of the car.