Winter Do’s and Don’ts Involving Your Car

Posted by on Nov 11, 2017 in News

Winter Do’s and Don’ts Involving Your Car

When Winter arrives so do the potential dangers for drivers. But by following the correct do’s and don’ts you can prevent accidents happening. In this blog we look at the top motoring tips to keep you safe this winter. Do’s Remember to keep items in your vehicle in the case of ice. Such as a bottle of De-Icer, ice scraper, and a cloth to wipe the inside of your windscreen. This will make sure you are completely prepared for those frosty mornings. Double check your car battery. This is a crucial step as a flat car battery is one of the most common causes of breakdowns during the winter period. Here at Off Rhodes Garage we can complete a full battery inspection, making sure your car is in tip top condition. Be prepared for brake downs. If you were to breakdown you must make sure you have the right tools with you. By packing a winter emergency kit, you have precautions in place if you were to breakdown in cold conditions.   Don’ts Do not use boiling water on your windscreen. Although it may seem like the easiest solution to clearing ice quickly. A sudden change in temperature could cause your windscreen to crack. Instead stick to using an ice scraper or de-icer. Don’t ignore weather conditions, one of the main causes of accidents in winter is due to black ice. That’s why it’s important to make sure you keep an eye on the weather reports and make sure to drive carefully especially in icy conditions. Do not leave your vehicle unattended. You may have started your car to heat up then realised you have left your ice scraper in the house. The worst thing you can do is leave the keys in the ignition and head back inside, even if it’s just for a second this gives plenty of time for someone to drive away with your car.   Winter can be a difficult time for road users which is why it’s best to make sure your car is in correct working order. Talk to us here at Off Rhodes garage about our Winter Vehicle Service. Please call 01748 811 500 or visit our website:...

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Getting Your Car Ready for Frosty Mornings

Posted by on Sep 7, 2017 in News

Getting Your Car Ready for Frosty Mornings

As the temperature starts to drop, frosty mornings are just around the corner. In this blog, we discuss how to prepare your car to beat the cold mornings and stay safe. Before Winter gets in full swing, it’s important to make sure everything is in correct working order. Firstly, as the cold mornings bring darkness, observe your headlights to make sure they are at full brightness. With the darkness can come a range of weather conditions such as rain, sleet and snow, that’s why you must carry out a check on your windscreen wipers to make sure they are doing their job properly. Antifreeze is a main part in keeping your car functional throughout Winter, without it breakdowns are much more likely. Did you know that one of the main reasons for breakdowns over Winter is because people haven’t got any Antifreeze in their car? You may need to top this up over time with a mixture of water and Antifreeze. Your car battery not working correctly can lead to certain breakdown. Before the damp and cold weather comes along, now is the perfect time to check the efficiency of your battery. Here at Off Rhodes Garage we offer a full battery check and can replace the battery if needs be, just in time for Winter. Remember to stay safe and take extra caution, weather conditions can be very different so make sure you take extra precautions to stay safe. Such as checking for black ice before you set off and making sure you have full visibility. Adding a bottle of De-Icer is crucial on frosty mornings plus parking your car in a garage or placing a cover over your windscreen can also stop the cold from affecting your car. Are you looking for a full Winter check on your vehicle? Here at Off Rhodes Garage, we provide a complete Winter service making sure your vehicle is in tip top condition ready for frosty mornings. For more information on this service please call 01748 811...

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How to Prepare for a Summer
Road Trip

Posted by on Aug 4, 2017 in News

How to Prepare for a Summer Road Trip

The Summer holidays are finally here! It’s the perfect time to go on a Road Trip with all the family, but is your car ready for the journey? In this blog, we discuss just some of the vital checks you must carry out on your car before you set off on your family adventures! Get Your Oil Changed A long journey can put added pressure on your car meaning it may not perform as well overall. By changing and adding fresh oil you are keeping your engine in the best condition it can be. It helps with lubrication, keeping components working correctly. Plus, it improves your mileage which is always a bonus on a long journey. Check Your Tyre Wear Tyre treads are designed to give good grip on wet and slippy roads. Over time your tread will decrease meaning there is more chance of accident on certain road conditions. Making sure your tyres have the correct tread is crucial before you set off on a long trip. Here at Off Rhodes Garage if you are unsure if your tyres have the correct tread we can complete a test and supply you with new tyres if necessary. Check your Air Filter Over time your car’s Air Filter can become dirty and clogged meaning it reduces the air going into the engine. This can decrease performance and efficiency, we can provide Air Filter replacements meaning your car is back up to full efficiency. Off Rhodes is a family run, independently owned business. We have been established for ten years in the Catterick area. We offer vehicle maintenance, repair and diagnostic work as well as MOT testing to trade and public. To discuss our services, please call 01748 811 500....

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