Any time of the year is a bad time to get a hard starting or a dead battery. Next to the worst is not having any way to jumpstart your car in the wintertime. A car will start with a push if it has a manual transmission, but that doesn’t help much if it’s an automatic transmission. For an automatic you will most definitely require jumper cables and an emergency jump starter battery kit. These portable jump starters are precious in emergencies. Stocking up on winter car essentials is not complete without it. Even with a bag full of stuff for all emergencies, not having one is simply unforgivable.