The Top 6 Tools to Pack for Auto Travel
When traveling, drivers usually expect things to go smoothly, but there are some tools to carry with you, just in case, because auto parts do malfunction, and emergencies do happen. Even the most basic tool can be a lifesaver if you find yourself stranded miles from an auto parts store. While the chances of a breakdown may be unlikely, it’s best to be prepared.
What to Pack in Your Toolkit
Jumpstarting a Dead Battery
Pliers can scrape corrosion from battery terminals before connecting battery cables, which are available from auto parts stores, when jumpstarting a car. Clean the battery terminals with your pliers and connect the battery cables to the battery terminals. Be sure to connect the battery cables to the corresponding battery terminals. Red battery cables are usually, though not always, positive while the black battery cables are usually, but not always, negative. Attach the positive cables beginning with the dead battery, then the negative starting with the good battery. Start the car with the good battery first, allowing the dead battery to charge for a few minutes before cranking. Wait a few more minutes before removing the cables in the reverse order that they were attached.
Changing a Tire