Has this ever happened to you? You running late and need to get to work fast or an important meeting, but your car will not start? I have, and I'm guessing it'll sooner or later happen to you if it hasn't already. When such a situation happens, chances are that a dead or very weak battery is the problem.

The basic way to handle a dead battery is by jump-starting it. All that you need to jump-start your car is some jumper cables and a rescue car with a working battery. Bear in mind that you should never attempt to jump-start a car if its battery is visibly cracked or damaged and you can see battery acid leaking out. Thank goodness there's a cool piece of electronics called a battery tender that will keep your battery fully charged.

Need to jump start your car? Follow these 4 steps...

>>>> Step Number 1). Have the rescue car pull in a close as possible to the car with the dead battery [nose-to-nose], or side-by-side facing the same direction, the position will depend on which side the battery are on. Hook up one end of the positive cable[ RED] to the positive [+] terminal on the [rescue] car's battery, and the other end to the positive [+] terminal to the positive terminal to the dead battery. [ Remember the positive terminal is RED].

NOTE: Make sure the rescue car's motor is not running.

>>>> Step Number 2). Hook up the negative cable [-] BLACK to the negative [-] terminal on the rescue car's battery, and the other end to a non-moving, grounded part of to the dead car's engine compartment...A visible bare bolt or the engine manifold, as the manifold is usually unpainted and a good spot for to make the connection.

>>>> Step Number 3). Make sure parking back is set on both cars and the transmission is in park [automatic] and neutral [standard transmission]. Check to ensue the jumper cables are not going to come into contact with moving parts. Start the rescue car and allow it to run for a couple of minutes doing this will allow its battery to recharge the dead battery somewhat.

>>>> Step Number 4). With the rescue car's engine running, try to start the car with the dead battery... If the car doesn't start, repeat step 3 again. And if that fails try getting a better grounding spot.

Once the car with the dead battery starts up, allow it to run for at least 5 full minutes so it's alternator can recharge the battery. Unhook the jumper cables from both cars in the OPPOSITE order in which you connected them. Be sure that you do not allow any of the exposed jumper cable end to touch, as they can create a spark. Once you're on the road again try to drive for about a half hour so the battery can get more charge in it.

Important safety notes...

Never join or touch together both negative or positive cables at the same time while your holding them. Also, avoid touching the negative and positive ends with your hands...fingers...or extremities. There are various devices on the market that will keep your battery charged and this will avoid having to be late or jump start your vehicle.