It seems like a bummer, since I was so recently talking about spending beautiful summer days whiling away the time looking at exceptional examples of automotive excellence, but the time for that is passed. At least if you live anywhere in the north country.
Winter soon approaches, and along with it comes the need to think about the unthinkable. Being stranded in the snow.
For years I have been fortunate enough to have my cars start most of the time, and when they wouldn’t I was either someplace warm and dry, or could shortly get help from someone with a car that would start who would willingly spend the time to let me grab my jumper cables and get it going again.
But just because that is the way it has always been doesn’t mean that’s the way it will always be. As I get older and my innate sense of invulnerability gives way to forethought, I find myself getting more and more sensible.
In this case that means that I went out and bought a portable battery jump starter pack. Now I won’t be at the mercy of the kindness of strangers. It is always a bit odd to be sitting in a parking lot or alongside the road with your hood up and a set of jumper cables dangling from the front of your car, just waiting for someone to stop and give aid.
Now I will be able to diagnose the trouble myself, and so long as it is something simple, like leaving the lights on or just needing a bit of oomph to get the car started in the cold, I will be able to grab the starter pack, hook it up, and be on my way in quicker than getting someone to stop.
And that’s just me.
If you have loved ones traveling in the winter time, you well know how concerning it can be worrying about the possibility that they might find themselves stranded with no one to give aid. The peace of mind that a jump starter pack like this can offer to you and to them is beyond the relatively small cost of the pack itself.
If the thought of your spouse or children out there in the cold waiting for someone to stop with jumper cables to give them a hand, you are lucky that we live in an age where technology has presented us with a viable option.
Get a battery pack for them, teach them how to use it properly, and then breathe a small sigh of relief, knowing that that is one less thing to worry about. Don’t fret. There are still plenty of others.