If your battery has died, you may be able to use jumper cables to jump start itfrom some good Samaritan’s vehicle. If you can safely use jumper cables on your vehicle, make sure that the battery on the good Samaritan’s vehicle has at least as much voltage as your own. As long as you hook up the cables properly, it doesn’t matter whether your vehicle has negative ground and the GS’s vehicle has positive ground, or your vehicle has an alternator and the GS’s vehicle has a generator.
- Take out your jumper cables.It’s a good idea to buy a set of jumper cables and keep them in the trunk compartment. If you don’t have jumper cables, you have to find a good Samaritan who not only is willing to assist you but who has jumper cables as well.
- Place both vehicles in Park or Neutral and shut off the ignition in both cars.Engage both parking brakes as well.
- Attach one of the red clips to the positive terminal of your battery.It has “POS” or “+” on it, or it’s bigger than the negative terminal.
- Attach the other red clip to the positive terminal of the other car.
- Attach one of the black clips to the negative terminal on the otherbattery.
- Attach the last black clip to an unpainted metal surface on your car that isn’t near the battery. Use one of the metal struts that holds the hood open.The cables should look like this.Make sure to connect jumper cables in the proper order.
- Start the working vehicle and let the engine run for a few minutes.
- Try to start your vehicle.If it won’t start, make sure that the cables are properly connected and have the good Samaritan run his or her engine for five minutes. Then try to start your car again. If it still won’t start, your battery may be beyond help.
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A complete city built during World War II for workers of the Clinton Engineer Works (CEW), Oak Ridge is important for its part in the Manhattan Project, which resulted in the production of the first atomic bomb and the invention of the nuclear reactor. Until March 1949 access to the area was restricted, and some installations are still closed to the public. The city is the site of continued energy research, development and production sponsored by both government and private industry.With a staff of approximately 4,400 researchers, the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) performs research for the Department of Energy in areas such as neutron science, high-performance computing, additive manufacturing, new energy resources and national security. Public bus tours departing from the American Museum of Science and Energy include a tour of the ORNL’s Graphite Reactor.The East Tennessee Technology Park on SR 58 provides a view of the former Oak Ridge Gaseous Diffusion Plant, where uranium was enriched for use as fuel in nuclear reactors and nuclear weapons 1943-85. The plant now serves as a base of operations for the Oak Ridge Environmental Management Program.In Alvin K. Bissell Park The Secret City Commemorative Walk, at the corner of S. Tulane Avenue and SR 95 (Oak Ridge Turnpike), features bronze plaques that recount the history of Oak Ridge and its World War II-era, top-secret government plants.The International Friendship Bell, a tribute to Manhattan Project workers and a token of peace from Oak Ridge citizens to Hiroshima victims, stands off Badger Avenue in A.K. Bissell Park. Jackson Square Historic Park, a revitalization of the original government town site, contains restored buildings, specialty shops, historic displays and a small botanical garden.A 2,000-meter flat-water regatta course on the Melton Hill area of the Clinch River is the site of rowing competitions each year. Walking, jogging, skating and bicycling can be enjoyed on a trail skirting Melton Lake.Counterbalancing the sciences with the performing arts is the Oak Ridge Playhouse in Historic Jackson Square. Founded in 1943, this group re-creates Broadway and off-Broadway favorites throughout the year; for schedule and ticket information phone (865) 482-9999.The Secret City Festival brings live music and entertainment to town in June, with a WWII re-enactment, history exhibits, Manhattan Project site tours, antiques and food among the offerings.
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Road Trip Safety
- Nothing ruins the fun quite like a traffic fatality. Please… do everything you can to protect yourself and your loved ones and that guy who kinda invited himself and you said OK but he has to sit squished in the middle of the backseat the whole time.
- Plan how many hours each person will drive each day. Do NOT drive while tired. You’re not good at it.
- Plan where you’ll stay and/or have some options
- Look at weather forecasts where you’ll be going. Prepare.
- Distracted driving can be deadly. Keep your eyes on the road.
- Bring sunglasses
- Wear your seat belt
- For young children, be sure their safety seats are properly installed. You might be surprised. You can call 866-SEAT-CHECK to have an expert check. Or learn more at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
- Never leave children alone in the car. Accidents happen and the temperature inside rises quicker than you’d imagine.
Your Pre-Trip To-Do List
Before you hit the road, be sure:
- Your vehicle has been inspected by a qualified mechanic. Check your tires, battery, belts, fluids, air conditioner, engine, brakes, windshield wipers, and more.
- The spare tire is in good condition. And that you’ve got a vehicle jack. And that you’ll have Wi-Fi to search “How to change a tire” on YouTube.
- You have a gallon of antifreeze
- To bring an empty 1-gallon gas container. Although let’s face it… the type of person who completely runs out of gas is usually not the type of person who reads these kinds of articles on preparation. So share this with that one friend you have! Also, NEVER carry gasoline in your car.
- To bring a back-up battery for your mobile phone and/or a car charger
- To have plenty of drinking water, sunscreen, and other items to keep your body healthy
- To have a paper map in case you don’t have power. Or at least download maps to your phone in case you don’t have reliable cell service throughout the entire trip
- You bring your driver’s license and registration, copy of car insurance policy and contact numbers, car’s manual
Road Trip Emergency Kit Essentials (and Extras!)
- First-aid kit with your prescription drugs, pain relievers, antiseptic, bandages, scissors, medical tape, motion sickness medicine
- Road flares
- Extra bottles of drinking water — gallons would be great
- Rain ponchos / Umbrellas
- Fully-charged car jump-starter (I have one of these gizmos. It’s clutch when you can’t find someone to jump your car.)
- Jumper cables
- Flashlights with extra batteries
- Blankets, pillows, or sleeping bags
- Warm clothes if it’s cold
- Snacks / food / energy bars
- Diapers / baby supplies
- Sanitary pads
- Hand sanitizer
- Toilet paper
- Toothbrushes and toothpaste
- Bug spray
- Fire extinguisher
- And your credit card that gives your professional roadside assistance!
Credit Cards That Give You Complimentary Roadside Assistance
Note: The premium credit cards listed here have higher annual fees than ordinary cards. The roadside assistance perk alone won’t make them worthwhile for you. BUT… some of these credit cards also have highly-lucrative intro bonuses worth hundreds or even thousands of dollarstowards travel. And their other benefits can also make them worth it.
For example, I have the Citi Prestige because I use it to save big at hotels and airport lounges. Others on the Million Mile Secrets team really love their Chase Sapphire Reserve and AMEX Business Platinum cards.
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