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Street Race Truck More... The Toolbox

The Best Tool to Have When Your Car Dies

3/12/2019

Can I let you in on a secret?

While I work at Speedway Motors… I am not a car expert. There. I said it.

I love feeling the sun on my face while driving around in a T-Bucket, I enjoy walking the aisle at a car show and I am so on board for a good beer at the track on a Saturday (or Friday…or Sunday…) night.

But I’m not an expert.

I grew up with a dad that took care of my oil changes, rotated my tires in the winter months and was my on-call operator if I had car troubles. He was the expert, so I didn’t have to be.

So the idea of jump-starting a car has always been a little intimidating to me. Red cable, black cable, positive, negative, one car on, one car off…

Last Christmas, I was gifted an All Start. It looked like a great product: super handy and compact. I put the box in my trunk and haven’t thought much about it since.

Until I walked out of work tonight and ran into someone in the parking lot with a dead battery.

Not one to turn down someone in need, I asked if they needed help, mentioned I had a jump start kit and then wandered to the trunk of my car, hoping for divine inspiration on how to use the darn thing.

NO WORRIES, FRIENDS—directions are included!

I open the box to see that every part, adaptor or thing-a-ma-jig you could possibly need is included. It’s all stored in a very handy, small container that’s perfect for a trunk.

I open the instructions, which tell me which clamp goes where. I plug it into the power box, turn the power box on, and it tells me that if the green light is on, we’re okay to proceed. So we throw the keys in the ignition of the dead car—and it roars to life.

One minute. That’s how long the entire process took. Instruction-reading and all.

It’s compact. It’s easy to use. It’s a must-have for emergency situations.

For just over $100, I’m happy to have to have it on hand for myself, or for strangers in the parking lot needing a quick jump.

If you’re a parent looking for a gift for your kids this year, a spouse that wants the security of your partner having the right tools on hand at the right moment, or just someone that wants to feel prepared when a car catastrophe strikes, buy this now. And thank me later, after you use it and feel like a problem-solving champion.

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