The cold affects everything in your life from how many layers you decide to wear, to the thickness of your jacket, how long you spend outside and what kinds of recreational activities you decide to do. Your car also feels the winter weather, and might respond by not starting in the morning after a long night in the elements.
If your car doesn’t start, you could call for a tow and wait until a tech comes to the rescue, but a much quicker plan is to take a set of jumper cables, find a willing partner with a well-running vehicle, and jump-start your car. Here’s what to do:
Park the running vehicle as close as possible to the one with the dead battery — preferably head-to-head. The battery is usually under a plastic cover, and is located on one side of the engine. You may have to remove the plastic cover on some models to reach the terminals, and other models may have specific points for jump-starting. Be sure to check your owner’s manual for specifics.
Connect the positive (“+”) jumper cable to the positive terminal on the good battery, and then to the positive terminal on the dead battery, followed by the negative (“-“) connections.
Start the running car and let it run for a minute or two while revving the engine to higher rpm. Attempt to start the car with the dead battery; if you don’t get a response, make sure the cables are firmly attached. If the car still doesn’t start after several tries, then you’ll have to call for service.
If your battery is more than four years old, you might want to consider replacing the battery so your car will start tomorrow. Be sure to get the proper size as specified by your owner’s manual.