How many amps does your car use?

I’ve been learning more about road safety and emergency situations. I’d like to buy something to help jumpstart my car in case of an emergency, but I’m not sure how much power I need. How many amps does a car use?

Answer
Being prepared in the event of an emergency is important. Tons of different devices can help jumpstart your car in an emergency, but you’ll need to know how much power it’ll take first!
While this number varies from car to car, most cars need at least 400 amps to jumpstart it. However, if you drive a big truck or SUV, you’ll likely need more. On average, most batteries are 550-1000 amps, meaning your car needs that amount to run.
If you’d like to better prepare for an emergency, reach out to experts. A mechanic or even someone at an auto repair store can help determine what the best equipment for you is, based on the type of car you drive.
Another way to keep yourself safe in an emergency is a roadside assistance membership with Jerry. Jerry’s membership provides you with industry-leading roadside assistance, including benefits like towing, lockout service, and a mechanics hotline. To find out if you’re eligible, you can check the app or call one of our friendly agents. You may qualify for a special rate of $50 for your first year!
Will Baldwin
Answered on Nov 22, 2021
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