Odds are that if you're reading this you're wondering how to jump start a car? Moreover, you're likely in dire straights as your car is either dead on the side of the road or stuck in a icy parking lot with temperatures that are cold enough to freeze a mooses' balls off. If you want to be prepared for any emergency, you'll also want to read our JumpStart portable vehicle jump starter flashlight and power bank review.\r\nWhat You'll Need To Jump A Car\r\n\r\n \tJumper cables (as shown above)\r\n \tSource of Power\r\n\r\n \tRunning car (Ideal)\r\n \tJumper Pack\u00a0(Ideal)\r\n \tBrawny or motivated friend\u00a0(Less Ideal)\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nHow to Jump a Car With\u00a0Another Car (Traditional Method)\r\n\r\n1. Pull the Cars Next To Each Other\r\nFirst you'll need to pull the running car along side the dead car.\u00a0Look under the hood of both\u00a0cars and determine which side the batteries are on.\u00a0You may need to park\u00a0the cars the same direction or opposite depending on the battery placement\r\n2. Turn Both Cars Ignitions to\u00a0OFF\r\nTurn off both cars. \u00a0Take the keys out of the ignition if you're at all worried about this.\r\n3. Don't Let the Leads Touch\r\nEnsure that the Jumper Cable's black and red leads, on either end, aren't touching, as this could short the battery.\r\n4. Lift the Hoods of Both Cars\r\nLift the hood on each car. It's likely you'll have to pull a lever on the driver's side, under the steering wheel, and then find a release lever under the hood at the front of the car.\r\n5. Open the Battery Terminals\r\nRemove or open the battery terminal covers on both cars (some cars have this, but not all).\r\n6. Attach the Jumper Cable\r\nNext,\u00a0attach the red lead\u00a0to the red terminal on the good\u00a0battery (it doesn't matter which end of the cable).\r\n7. Attach the Red Lead to Dead Battery\r\nThen attach the\u00a0other\u00a0red lead to the dead battery's\u00a0red terminal.\r\n8. Black Leads to Good Battery\r\nNext, attach the black lead to the black terminal on the\u00a0good battery.\r\n9. Dead Car Black Lead\r\nAnd then attach the dead battery car's\u00a0black lead to a non-painted metal surface on\u00a0the dead battery's car.\u00a0You can attach it to the black terminal of the dead battery if needed.\u00a0But it's recommended you try the former first.\r\n10. Start\u00a0the Good Car\r\nStart the car with the good battery.\r\n11. Let it Run for a Minute\r\nOnce the good car is running, let it run for minute to drive some juice to the dead battery.\r\n12. Try Starting the Dead Car\r\nThen try starting the car with the dead battery.\u00a0It should start.\r\n13. Remove Both Cables\r\nBegin\u00a0with the\u00a0jumped car by starting with the black lead then red lead.\u00a0Then in the same order remove the leads from the other car.\u00a0It helps to have this done simultaneously from the other car, but isn't mandatory.\r\n14. Don't Turn Off\r\nFinally, ensure that you don't turn the jumped car off.\u00a0Drive around for at least 15-30 minutes to power the car's battery back up.\r\n\r\nIf the next day the car's battery is dead, or whenever you attempt to start it again it's likely that your car's battery is beyond repair. \u00a0Or your alternator, or a component attached to the alternator may be broken or slowly failing. \u00a0A completely dead alternator will likely prevent the car from running at all, and perhaps even cause the car to stall during driving. \u00a0If the case is such, call AAA. \u00a0They'll come to you, test your battery, and replace it on the spot if necessary or tell you to see a mechanic. \u00a0Alternatively, Costco is a great place to get a battery since they offer a no hassle return if for some reason the battery dies on you before 3-5 years. \u00a0That being said, a battery should be good for about 5 years, perhaps even more. \u00a0But eventually it will die.\r\n\r\n\r\nHow To Jump A Car Without Another Car (Jumper Pack)\r\n\r\n\r\nFor this method, instead of a car, you'll need a Jumper Pack. \u00a0If you live in inclement weather, or far from civilization, I'd recommend buying one from your local Walmart, Amazon or a local hardware station. \u00a0Most if not all should have a set of jumper cable's built-in. \u00a0If it doesn't, don't buy it. \u00a0Find one that does.\r\n\r\nThat said, there is no harm in having a jumper pack\u00a0in the back of your car or truck, and it won't take much space. \u00a0And trust me, you'll be happy when your car's battery goes dead and you've got this stowed away.\r\n1. Jumper Pack Off\r\nEnsure the Jumper Pack is set to OFF.\r\n2. Lift the Hood on Dead Car\r\nLift the hood on the the car with the dead battery.\r\n3. Remove the Cover\r\nRemove the terminal battery covers revealing the red and black terminals (some of the best\u00a0vehicles\u00a0don't have this).\r\n5. Attach\u00a0the Jumper Cables\r\nAttach the Jumper Pack's red cable lead to the red terminal.\u00a0Next, attach the Jumper Pack's black cable lead to the black terminal.\u00a0\r\n6.Turn the Jumper Pack to "On"\r\nTurn the Jumper Pack to the ON position and wait a minute to send some juice to the vehicle with the dead battery.\r\n7. Start the Car\r\nThen attempt to start the dead car\u00a0If it works the car should start almost right up.\r\n8. Jumper Pack to "Off"\r\nNext, turn the Jumper Pack to OFF.\r\n9. Remove the Leads\r\nRemove the black lead from the black terminal.\u00a0Remove the red lead from the red terminal.\u00a0Replace the terminal\/battery cover.\r\n10. Drive the Car\r\nDrive your car for 15 minutes to ensure the battery regains battery.\r\n\r\n\r\nHow to Jump a Car without Cables\r\n\r\n\r\nThis method requires that you have a manual (i.e. stick shift) car. \u00a0It also requires that you have a friend or two with you because they'll need to push the car.\r\n1. Find a Friend\r\nFirst, feed your friend or promise a reward following this procedure.\r\n2. Dead Car: Ignition in Drive (or On) Mode\r\nPut the dead cars ignition into drive mode, or the mode that the key would switch to when driving.\r\n3. Press the Clutch\r\nNext, press the clutch and put the car into second gear.\u00a0Keep the clutch pressed in.\r\n4. Yell "Push"\r\nShout to your friend to push the car; "ok, push!!"\r\n5. Quickly Release the Clutch\r\nWith some speed, ideally more than a slow lethargic\u00a0roll, quickly release the clutch.\u00a0The car should start.\r\n6.\u00a0Press the Clutch Back In\r\nJust make sure to press the clutch back in so the car doesn't stall.\u00a0Or give the car some gas to ensure it doesn't stall.\r\n7. Drive the Car\r\nDrive the car for 15 minutes or more to power the battery back up.\r\n\r\nThis concludes our how to jump start a car tutorial. Be sure to check out our car reviews guys.