Driving Habits which could Damage your Car

Posted by on May 29, 2019 in News

Driving Habits which could Damage your Car

Most people who drive will tell you how much pride they take in their vehicle and this should make anyone want to take care when driving. Whilst you may think that the way you drive could have no negative impact on your car, there are a number of bad driving habits which drivers do every single day without any idea of what the consequences could be for their vehicle. In this blog we will be pointing out a few of the most common driving habits which could damage your car. Resting your Hand on the Gearstick Although we are all told very early on in our driving life that you should always keep both hands on the steering wheel, it doesn’t take long for some people to start ignoring this advice. It is very common for drivers to rest one hand on the gearstick without even thinking about it. Many people aren’t aware that this can actually be bad for the transmission. The gearstick in your car is connected to a selector fork. This is only meant to make contact with a rotating collar for a short amount of time. Resting your hand on the gearstick risks applying pressure to the selector fork, causing premature wear. Ignoring warning lights The warning lights on your car’s dashboard may seem a pain at times but they are there for a reason! Ignoring any of these lights could cause further damage to your vehicle and make repairs even more costly. It could also make your car a danger to the road so you should always investigate when you see a warning light. If you’re not sure what a specific light means, you should be able to find out by taking a look at the owner’s manual. Late Braking We all end up in situations where the use of our brakes is vital and all drivers will have to carry out an emergency stop at some point. However, if you are someone who over-uses these sudden stops, it can place much more strain on the braking system, wearing out your pads and discs faster. If you take care in driving at a slightly slower speed, you are less likely to need to brake late on a regular basis. Here at Off Rhodes Garage we are on hand to offer repairs, MOT’s and servicing to keep your car in great condition. For more information give us a call on 01748 811 500 or visit...

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Signs that a Pothole has Damaged your Car

Posted by on May 3, 2019 in News

Signs that a Pothole has Damaged your Car

When you’re driving and you realise you have hit a pothole it can be both frustrating and worrying. It could be that your car has gotten off lightly without any causes for concern, but it is often difficult to identify if damage has occurred. In this blog we are going to be talking you though the signs you should look for and how to know if there has been any damage caused to your vehicle. Loss of control If you have noticed a significant loss of control in the days after hitting a pothole it is a clear indication that something is not right. Signs which suggest this include swaying when making routine turns or bouncing excessively on rough roads. This tends to suggest your car’s steering and suspension have been damaged. These two things are key to your car being safe on the road so it is vital that you take quick action if this is the case. Wheel Alignment If your car is struggling to simply drive in a straight line and instead pulling in one direction, this could suggest an alignment problem which has been caused by hitting a pothole.  Uneven tyre wear is also another symptom of this kind of issue. Without proper wheel alignment the lifespan of your tyres can be reduced and safe handling can also be compromised. Other Tyre Issues There are a wide range of other tyre issues which are big signs that your encounter with a pothole has left it’s mark. These include Low tyre pressure, bulges or blisters on the sidewalls, or dents in the wheel rim. These are all things which are easily visible. If you notice any of these signs, you should have your tyres checked before any damage worsens. Here at Off Rhodes Garage we offer a first-class repair service so are well equipped to deal with your vehicle’s pothole damage. For more information call us on 01748 811 500 or visit...

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Driving Tips for Spring

Posted by on Mar 28, 2019 in News

Driving Tips for Spring

Now that we are into the season of Spring, the nights are getting much lighter and the colours around us brighter. Eggs are hatching and we are excited for Easter! There is one thing that remains the same from Winter however, driving conditions can still be as tricky as ever. In this blog we are going to be sharing some of our top tips for Driving at this time of year. Check your Wiper Blades After a Winter of snow, ice and some really extreme weather conditions, your windscreen wipers are sure to have been put through their paces. With the rainfall that comes during Spring, your car’s wipers aren’t going to be resting anytime soon. It is important that you check the blades for any damage and it may be that you need to replace them. You should also clean your windshield with good window washer to improve wiper performance. Wet Roads You may think that the hardest driving conditions are out of the way but rain can be just as dangerous as ice. You should take extra care by increasing the distance between you and the car in front when the roads are wet. It is also vital to avoid standing water and flooded roads at all times, as you never know how deep the water is! Replace worn tyres At the time of year when rain can be extremely heavy, your tyres need to be in the best condition possible to deal with the difficult conditions the roads end up in. Worn treads cause a loss of traction, which highly increases your chances of sliding. If your tyres are in a poor state they may need to be replaced. Even if the tread is ok it could be that your tyres need inflating so you should also check this. If your vehicle requires repairs to make it ready for Spring, the team here at Off Rhodes have you covered. For more information visit www.offrhodesgarage.co.uk or call us on 01748 811 500....

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Prepare for Winter Driving

Posted by on Nov 22, 2018 in News

Prepare for Winter Driving

As the temperature drops and the roads become foggy, we are being reminded on a daily basis that Winter is creeping upon us. Driving during the Winter period can be stressful at times and actually quite dangerous in some cases. At Off Rhodes Garage we have all the expertise required to advise you on how to best prepare for the next few chilly months. In this blog we will be offering our top tips for driving in Winter. Morning Essentials On a morning during the Winter, conditions can be a real stress and can cause you to be late in arriving at your destination. To avoid being late for work or wherever you may be travelling, there are a number of different things that you should always carry in your vehicle. The first essential items for your car are an ice scraper and de-icer. This will mean that ice on your windscreen will never get the better of you! It’s also a good idea to carry a shovel so that if your car is stuck in snow, you’ll be able to have it out in no time. In Case of Emergency Nobody wants to think about being stuck out on the roads during Winter but you should always prepare for what could happen in a worst-case scenario. You can be best prepared by ensuring certain extras are kept in your car. Firstly, you should keep a number of snacks such as chocolate or cereal bars to ensure your energy levels don’t drop. It’s also a great idea to keep a blanket or sleeping bag in your boot, as a car can become an incredibly cold place to be for a long period of time. A trusted Garage When the weather is extreme and roads are more dangerous than ever, it is vital that you always have a trusted garage on hand to be at your rescue in case of any needed repair work. For instance, if you’re experiencing faults with your breaking system, it could pose a huge risk. Bringing your car to a halt is always difficult when the roads are icy, so any fault in breaking could have consequences. With any issues at all with your car, you should cover yourself by having a car garage who you can rely on. Here at Off Rhodes Garage, we can offer the year-round repair service which you need to preserve your peace of mind.   For more information on how we can help you prepare for Winter Driving, visit www.offrhodesgarage.co.uk or call us on 01748 811...

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Our Guide to Driving on Icy Roads

Posted by on Oct 31, 2018 in News

Our Guide to Driving on Icy Roads

We’re only just into the season of Autumn but already it’s feeling like Winter and our roads are really feeling the effect. With the cold mornings that you’re having to deal with, it can be more than easy to forget to take extra care but with the risk that ice poses it is vital that you follow these top tips of ours. Drive slowly A vehicle can be dangerous when it’s out of control and there is a good chance that if you don’t drive with increased caution in the ice, you could soon lose control of our car. That’s why it is important to drive slowly. You should remember the old saying, better late than never!  Another tip is to leave a large gap between you and the car in front, as icy roads reduce tyre grip and increase breaking distances. Leaving a large gap will ensure that if you need to suddenly break, you will have plenty of space to do so. Stay Vigilant With less control of your car, things that would usually be minor hazards on the road could easily turn into major risks. Always remember to stay vigilant and keep an eye out for anything in the road so that you leave yourself with a good amount of time to avoid it. One hazard that you should watch out for is large patches of ice. If you know there is ice ahead, this will ensure you can either drive round it completely or take care when approaching. How to deal with Skidding Even if you have taken as much care as possible when driving, there is always still the chance that the ice could get the better of your car and send it into a skid. Skidding is a scary ordeal for anyone, especially if it’s the first time it’s happened to you. Whilst it is an instinct reaction to panic, it is imperative that you remain composed in order to gain control of the car. Rather than just slamming on the breaks, you should steer gently into the skid. This will make it much easier to bring your car out of the skid. Repair Work If your vehicle ends up suffering from the conditions, leaving any damage unattended could be extremely dangerous. Whether you know exactly what the issue is or you’re not sure and need some investigation work, you should seek help as soon as possible. At Off Rhodes Garage, we provide a first-class repair service in which we can offer you a quick and effective service. We can also advise you on how to manage your vehicle going forward.   For more information on our services, visit www.offrhodesgarage.co.uk or give us a call on 01748 811...

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