This afternoon I decided to run to the store really quick to pick up some extras for dinner. With anticipation I turned the key in the ignition and nothing happened.
What??? I turned it again and nothing. I realized then, that when I had come home from the gym a few hours before, I, in my distracted state neglected to turn the key completely and remove it from the ignition.
The battery was dead…
I felt so helpless and empty….
The lack of expectations not immediately met – had me reaching for my coloring book…
…for only a moment ~ then it was time to act.
I contemplated my actions – Do I call someone and awkwardly admit my indiscretion? Should call roadside assistance – in my driveway – again? (Last week it was a flat tire.)
Or bother a neighbor to ask for help? As I contemplated my dilemma, wishing I had purchased a portable battery charger, I realized that I had my old beater truck in the driveway, conveniently backed in. The brakes were failing, so it was in limbo until I could fix them.
The engine on my beater is still good, so I shifted my van into neutral and pushed it up to my truck. Blessedly the batteries were parallel!
Next – I had to remember HOW to jump the battery. At first I confused the cables – shocking! I then humbled myself and inquired the know-it-all internet.
Remember peeps – reds on the positive terminals (battery posts) and black on the neg – terminal on the battery that is jumping the car and the other black attached to a non-painted bit of metal not connected or near the battery (this is to ground the charge). I found the latch for the hood to be good grounding spot.
I stood back and had my daughter start the truck – no explosions or shocks – good to go!
I started the van and kept it running as I went to the store and back – yep I live in one of those quaint and fairy-tale type of towns that you can leave just about anything lying about or running and nobody will bother it – actually my teen was in the car – but nobody would have bothered it even if it was empty.
Back to reality.
You know, I hadn’t even cracked the hood of my van in the 4 months I have owned it. I was like – wow, the battery is green, that’s different! Yep, I have upgraded to paying to have my oil changed. Loving it – soooo worth it.
Whilst I was trying to solve my crisis, I pulled out a battery charger from my closet that I had purchased for a few dollars at an auction about a year ago. It was then that I realized that when I bought it, I failed to snatch the power-supply to charge it.
Sometimes it takes real life moments to compel a person to reconsider their ways. One of those things will be purchasing a portable battery charger that is small enough to go where I go and can be charged at home as well as in the van because the next time I have a battery problem I may not be in my driveway or where I have a signal to reach roadside assistance.
Let me be honest – In this day and age, it is not advisable to leave yourself vulnerable, waiting for a good samaritan with unknown intentions.
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