Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Jumper Cables for Cars

On the go for the holidays and the winter season ahead? Sure you are - Until you get stuck in the Mall parking lot at 10 minutes after closing time with a trunk full of goodies, a car full of kids, a tank full of gas and a car that will not start. When you car battery dies and the the engine won't turn over there is usually one quick thought to help solve the problem - do I have jumper cables?

Do I have Jumper Cables AND Are my cables still good?

Yes, we have all seen someone going from car to car asking for jumper cables to help start a dead car battery. Put that scene out of your mind forever. I want you to be the one in your house or family to take charge of this important decision! You can make you and your family safe this winter - and all year - just by taking a easy precaution. Be proactive; ask your family and friends if they have jumper cables in their car this winter. Really! - it's a short conversations and an easy fix.

Tell a friend now! Spread the word!

Jump on the Jumper cable bandwagon.

Don't shy away from AAA or other auto clubs or insurance plans - but do be ready. If you don't have the cables then now is a great time to take a few minutes  to pick out a set. If yours are getting old and the clips are falling off or there are tears in the plastic - it's time for a replacement.

What to look for in a Quality Set of Cables

4 Easy things to remember....and a bonus idea

1.) Wire Gauge - Lower is better and the minimum gauge recommended is 8. So, a gauge of 6 or 4 is even better.

2.) Length - 16 feet is a good minimum length. Car batteries are often in hard to reach places and being able to maneuver safely is important - in other words - they have to reach to work!

3.) Heavy Duty Clamps - Used to make the connection to the battery and the ground. Ideally look for ones that can accommodate TOP AND SIDE terminals.

4.) Insulation - thicker is better! But be aware of your gauge! A thin wire may just be wrapped in a lot rubber. Some key ideas - lightweight and resistant to oil, heat, moisture.

5.) A warranty - If all of your goals are met and you found a 16 foot cable with a 6 or 8 gauge wire that has heavy duty clamps and flexible insulation then consider getting the model with the warranty!

Below are some ideas to start!

Great Coleman Cables with labels that glow in the dark.

A List of about half a dozen more.