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As drivers, we’ve all found ourselves stuck somewhere with a dead car battery and no clue how to fix it. Jump-starting a car is especially intimidating for teen drivers with little experience, but teaching them how to do it safely can give them all the confidence they’ll need.
Here is how you can teach your teen to safely jumpstart a car.
Do not attach the black clamp to the dead battery’s black terminal.
You won’t want to kill your teen’s battery just to practice jumping it with them, but you can give them hands-on experience by letting them handle the jumper cables, having them identify the battery terminals and walking them through this guide. And remind them that if their battery dies for real and they need some extra help, it’s better to call you or a service like AAA than to risk jumping it on their own.
DriveitHOME™ is an initiative of the National Safety Council, designed by and for parents of newly licensed teen drivers. DriveitHOME™ offers free resources parents can use to help their teen build experience to become safer drivers.