2 Ways to Jumpstart A Car Without Another Car

One of the daunting situations for most car drivers is finding themselves in the middle of nowhere due to a dead battery. The very first thought would usually be to get another car to get rid of the situation. But what if there isn’t any other car closeby to jumpstart your car?

We are going to show you just how to jumpstart your car without having another one around you.

But first, what does jumpstarting a car entail?

Jumpstarting means to initiate, restart, or improve something with external assistance. In the case of a car, this external aid could either come from another car or by using some tools.

A car battery can be dead due to many reasons. Some of these reasons include accidentally leaving the headlights of your car on, excessively using components of your automobile, etc.

These components especially include those that consume too much power such as lights, AC, sound system, and stuff like that. All these things result in draining the battery of the car. A lot also depends on the model and size of your car. Bigger cars require more power, and if thier batteries aren’t well charged they cannot go far.

Tools required to jumpstart a car without another car

  • Safety glasses
  • Some people (if you are going for the pushing technique to jumpstart)
  • A charged cell phone (just in the case nothing works for your car)

We will discuss two methods by which you can effortlessly jump-start your car without the help of another car. These methods are pretty safe, and anyone can try these.

How jumpstart a car without another car

Method 1 – By push-starting your car

push start car

It is the simplest method of getting your car back to its life. With this method, the engine is jolted back to life using some external force instead of another battery or a starter. The steps included in this method are:

  1. Guide your friends to go to the backside of your car. They have to be ready to exert force.
  2. Get yourself in the driver’s seat and turn the ignition key to the ‘ON position’.
  3. Press the clutch pedal while the parking brake is in action and immediately switch to the second gear. First gear could cause harsh resistance, so we do not recommend that.
  4. Now, step on to the brake pedal and let the parking brake go off.
  5. Direct your friends to start pushing the car while you release the brake.
  6. Leave the clutch pedal brusquely at the speed of about five mph.
  7. The car will gain momentum with the engagement of the engine while pushing.
  8. Most probably, the engine will start, and you will be good to go.
  9. If it does not happen for some reason, try starting the car at a bit higher speed.
  10. If it still does not work out, then you might be having some other serious issue. Try contacting your mechanic or call for assistance as soon as possible.

Method 2 – By using a jump starter

The jump starters (or jump-start boxes) are portable batteries that have jumper cables attached to them. These small boxes are a must-have for every driver, and they should be present all the times in your car.

They are safer than jumper cables themselves because they help prevent voltage spikes that are way too dangerous for the car. Some of them also come with a USB port for charging and safety lights designed for operating at night time. They are easily available at automobile shops as well as online stores.

The steps included in this method of using a jumpstarter are as follows:

  1. First of all, ensure that your jump starter box is fully charged.
  2. If it is not charged enough, then do it before proceeding further.
  3. The latest models of jump starters have jumper cables attached to them. If your jump-start box does not have them, connect the separate jumper cables of your car to the correct terminals.
  4. Connect the red cable to the positive terminal of the battery of your car (you will see a positive ‘+’ sign or a red clamp on the battery).
  5. Similarly, connect the black cable with any grounded surface on your car. It should be unpainted as well because the paint carries a charge.
  6. After connecting both the cables, turn on the jump starter box.
  7. Then, start your car after a few minutes.
  8. If the engine does not get started, wait for a few more minutes for the battery to get charged enough to start the engine.
  9. Start the car again. The engine will work out now.
  10. Now, turn off the jump starter box.
  11. Detach the clamps of jumper cables. It is important to note that clamps should be removed in reverse to the order they were connected. First, remove the black cable and then the red one.
  12. It is recommended that you always charge the jump starter again as you might need it a second time. And yes, you are good to go now.

If both of these methods do not work for you, pick your cell phone and call for assistance because you are unable to go anywhere. The helpline number is usually printed on your insurance card.


Knowing how to jumpstart your car without another car is beneficial as it could save you a lot of heartache during emergencies. You can easily use these two methods without any worries.

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