Dropping temperatures and inclement weather are a dangerous combination on the road. This makes winterizing your car essential. But how do you do this? 


Practice effective winter car care by following our checklist below, and stay safe on the road this winter.

Winter Car Care Checklist

Use this checklist to winterize your car:

Pack a winter emergency kit

This should include:

  • First aid kit
  • Ice scraper/snow brush
  • Shovel
  • Jumper cables
  • Tire jack
  • Road flares
  • Flashlight
  • Batteries
  • Extra set of gloves
  • Extra set of boots
  • Blankets
  • Water and snacks

Check tire pressure regularly

Tire pressure can affect your traction on the road, which is essential in inclement weather and icy road conditions.

Get oil changed

Cold weather can affect your car’s oil, so make sure to get it changed regularly during the winter months.

Get battery tested

Cold weather can also affect your car battery. Get it tested to see if it needs to be replaced or repaired.

Replace wiper blades and refill wiper fluid

You’ll want to make sure your wipers are in working order before driving in snow, heavy rain, or sleet.

Refill antifreeze

The recommended antifreeze mixture is one part antifreeze to one part water. You’ll want a service professional to add it to the car’s radiator.

Check window defrosters

You don’t want to get caught in the cold without working window defrosters.

Keep gas levels high

You’ll want to ensure you always have at least half a tank of gas in your car while driving. This helps ensure you’ll have the gas you need in case something goes wrong on your drive.

Schedule Winter Auto Maintenance Near Raleigh, NC

Make sure your vehicle is winter-road-ready with the help of our expert technicians at Matthews Motors of Clayton. Learn about our service center, located conveniently near Raleigh and Garner, North Carolina, and check out our service coupons. Schedule your appointment today.

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