How to start car with dead battery

Finding out that your car’s battery is flat is annoying and frustrating but there are things you can do to get the car started when the battery is dead. If you want to know how to start a car with a dead battery or how to recharge your battery, read on.

Dead battery

There are lots of reasons why a car’s battery dies but the most commons ones include frequent short trips, the battery’s age and the effects of cold weather. In the UK, a flat battery is the number one reason for motorists to call out a breakdown service but there are things you can do to get the car started.

Flat battery

The most common reason for a flat battery is that the car’s lights were left on without the engine running. If the battery’s not completely discharged, you may be able to recharge it using a car battery charger which plugs into the mains. You can buy one in Halfords or any other major car parts retailer.

Jump leads

If you aren’t ready with a car battery charger or you don’t want to invest in one, why not buy some jump leads. Most households have two cars nowadays so jump leads make a lot of sense. You’ll need to follow some guidelines before you attempt this as there’s a safe way and a few very unsafe ways of tackling this. If you’ve got a diesel powered car, read our guide on how to get it started with a jump start. When you get the car’s engine ticking over remember that you’ll need to take the car for a significant journey before you can be sure that the battery’s fully charged. You may also find that because it’s been fully discharged, the battery’s life span has been shortened.

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