Hello, I just realized I could ask you guys. My daughter is with friends 30 miles away. She's committed to pick up other friends incoming at DFW in 3 hours. Her car is dead. It's a 2003 Chevrolet Malibu, so the most likely item is that her battery is dead. That's what she told me when she called. I told her that if the battery was not taking a charge, she could start the engine with jumper cables and drive home at night, that her alternator produced enough energy to light the headlights and to fire the spark plugs. She has the car in a Target parking lot, so her plan is to buy jumper cables at the Target, get a boost from her friends, and have her friends follow her home. Was I correct? This was what my father told me 25 years ago, and I know that daytime driving is possible with a dead battery and a good alternator. I'm having second thoughts about my assertion that nighttime driving was possible with a dead battery and a good alternator. If all her plan works as hoped, she'll get home with a dead battery at about 11:30 and swap keys for the spare car and pick her friends up from the airport with no delay. Worst case, she'll discover that her alternator can't run her lights, and the friends who would have followed her home will bring her instead, and I'll have to go there in the morning to fix the car.