Jump-Start in a Safe Work AreaNov 14th, 2016 | By Editorial Staff | Category: Tow Tip
Safe jump-starting starts with a safe work area. If the disabled vehicle is in the roadway or on the shoulder of a busy highway it may be safer to relocate the vehicle to a nearby parking lot or something similar. If the situation dictates you park behind the vehicle (and have a jumper pack), leave yourself at least 1-1/2 truck lengths between you and disabled vehicle for a buffer space. If your call is a jump/possible tow, it may warrant parking in front of the disabled vehicle to avoid moving there later. In all cases, do not allow the vehicles to touch when jump-starting.
Get more jump-starting tips in the November 2016 issue Safety Meeting department — “Battery Basics and Jump-Start Safety” by Patrick Gratzianna.