Don't cut the battery cables


By Mark van der Feyst

A standard procedure for any vehicle accident is to isolate the battery source by cutting the cables. Although cutting the cables may be easier, it may cause more problems in the end.

If the vehicle has power seats and power pedals, battery power can move them out of the way during extrication. With the cables cut, this cannot be done.

By removing the cables using a wrench or socket and ratchet, they can be placed back on the battery to be used momentarily and then taken back off. This will also make the tow truck operator happy, as they may use the battery power to secure the vehicle onto the flatbed. Carry a ratchet and a 10 mm socket in your jacket pocket for the battery cables. 

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