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How to React When the Battery Light Is On

Follow these tips to get home safely when you car is in need of instant repair.


  • Step 1: Don't panic Do not panic.
  • Step 2: Keep driving Keep driving as normal, following all highway safety laws and regulations.
  • Step 3: Preserve the battery Turn off all unnecessary lights, air conditioning, and the radio.
  • Step 4: Drive to a safe place If you are on the highway, pull off as soon as possible. Drive the vehicle home or to another safe destination close by.
  • TIP: Drive to an auto repair garage. They will be able to determine the problem.
  • Step 5: Keep the engine running Keep the engine running after you place the vehicle in park. It takes more energy to restart a car than to let it idle.
  • Step 6: Read the manual Read the vehicle owner's manual to determine possible causes. Battery lights can indicate problems with voltage, water levels, belts, and alternators.
  • FACT: The Galvin Manufacturing Corporation introduced one of the first car radios in the 1930s.

You Will Need

  • The vehicle owner's manual
  • An auto repair garage (optional)

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