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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Our Tips for Driving on Country Roads

Posted by on Oct 3, 2018 in News

Our Tips for Driving on Country Roads

Being based in North Yorkshire, we are more than used to driving on country roads and are well aware of the difficulties they can pose new drivers. They actually account for over half of the UK’s total road length, so it is important to know all the best tips for when taking a trip though the countryside. In this blog we are going to offer some great tips for driving on country roads!   Awareness You should always maintain a high level of awareness when driving at any time but with the surprises that country roads can throw up, you should channel an extra level of awareness so that you can be extra safe. This includes taking care of your speed, so that you can break quickly in case of animals in the road. It is also a good idea to also use your car horn when navigating blind corners. This will ensure you can make your presence known to any other drivers or pedestrians. Fill Your Tank   Depending on how remote the road you are on is, there is a good chance that there isn’t a petrol station for miles and you could struggle to find one in quick time if you urgently need to. If you know that you will be travelling on a lot of country roads, fill up your tank at the start of your journey! Practice If you are a new driver with little experience on country roads, there is one thing that will benefit you more than anything… practice! Take regular trips through the countryside and you will soon get used to the common signage and possible hazards to look out for. Repairs If your car does fall victim to one of the many issues that country roads can pose, it is important that you have a reliable garage who can help you out at short notice. At Off Rhodes Garage we offer a first-class repair service, meaning we can fix any problems with your vehicle so that you never have to worry for too long. We can repair a range of vehicle types and offer highly competitive prices.   For more information on Off Rhodes Garage and our services, visit www.offrhodesgarage.co.uk or call us on 01748 811...

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Care for Your Car this Autumn

Posted by on Sep 14, 2018 in News

Care for Your Car this Autumn

While we may be past the extreme heat of summer and not quite into the chilly depths of winter, we are now officially into the season of Autumn. This means a whole mixture of different weather conditions, including a high chance of heavy rain. It has been proven over the years that Autumn can be a tough few months for your car, so in this blog we are going to be sharing our tips for how you can look after your car at this time of year.   Check your tyres As we see a huge increase in rainfall over the coming months, you will soon notice the wet and slippery conditions of the roads that you are driving on. Your tyres are always bound to feel the effect of the wet roads, so it is important to check them regularly throughout Autumn. If you ensure your tyres are the correct pressure and in good condition it will help to avoid slips, slides and wheel-spins. By having your tyre pressure and tread depth checked, you will be able to keep on top of these issues. Wind Screen Wipers With the increase in rainfall over the Autumn months that we have previously mentioned, there is another part of your car that is going to come into use more than usual… your wind screen wipers! You are likely to have not used your wipers much during Summer, so you should make sure you check that they are in good working order. If you notice any signs of abrasion or damage this could end up effecting your vision when driving in the rain, so it is vital that you replace your wipers with new ones. Have Your Battery Checked As the weather turns colder, it is important that your vehicle’s battery is fully charged, in order for your car to start without any issues. Signs that your battery needs urgent attention include, corrosion on the battery terminals or cable ends and loose connections. If you do notice your battery having issues or displaying these signs, you should seek to have it replaced by a professional ASAP!   At Off Rhodes Garage Services, we have a team of dedicated professionals who can help you ensure your car is ready for the months ahead. For information on how we could help you out, visit www.offrhodesgarage.co.uk or call us on 01748 811...

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Keep Your Car cool This Summer

Posted by on Jul 31, 2018 in News

Keep Your Car cool This Summer

The past few months have been extra warm and while there have been occasional days of rain, the nice weather is expected to last for a while yet. Everyone loves the warm weather but when you’re driving there can be a certain point where the heat is just too much. In this blog we are going to give you our top tips for keeping your car extra cool this summer!   Parking in Shade This first point may seem a little simple, but it can make all the difference. If you park in a spot that is in the sun, the interior of your car is going to get incredibly warm, to a point where it burns to touch your steering wheel. By finding a space in shade, you can completely avoid this! Sun Shades If you can’t avoid your car being parked in direct sunlight, a great investment would be sun shades to cover your windows. These can reduce light from entering the inside of the car, meaning the temperature is kept slightly lower. This can help your car cool down quicker once the vehicle is started. Beach Towels If you decide to take full advantage of the weather and enjoy a trip to the beach, there is a clever way of reducing the temperature in your car. If you have beach towels that are wet, put them on the seats and this will absorb the heat in your vehicle. Meanwhile, your towels will be able to use the heat to dry, so that you can look forward to your next day out! Air Conditioning While rolling down your windows may be a great way of enjoying a cool breeze, it’s not such a great idea when you are driving down the motorway and the wind gets that bit too much. This is why it’s important to always ensure your car’s air conditioning system is maintained and kept in good working order. Here at Off Rhodes garage, we can help you make sure your Air conditioning works well and if we find any issues, we will do everything we can to resolve them in no time!   For more information on our services and how we can help you, visit our website...

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The History of the MOT

Posted by on Jun 17, 2018 in News

The History of the MOT

In modern day Britain, the Ministry of Transport Test is a part of normal life for car owners across the country. When you book your car in for it’s mandatory MOT, you are likely to hardly think about why it is that our vehicles must undergo this test. In this blog, we are going to take you back in time and look at the history of the MOT. It all started back in 1960, when the test was first introduced under the direction of the Minister of Transport at the time, Ernest Marples. The MOT started out as a basic test including brakes, lights and steering checks. It had to be carried out after a vehicle was ten years old and every year after that. In the period after this, certain aspects of the test changed, including the age that vehicles became due for testing being brought down to 3 years in 1967. In 2012 the MOT test underwent huge changes, with many items not previously included in the test becoming standard. As well as this, a ‘receipt style’ plain paper certificate was introduced. This serves as proof that a pass entry has been recorded on the DVSA database. The most recent changes to the MOT, have been in place from 20th May 2018. These recent amendments have changed the way the test works in England, Scotland and Wales, to comply with EU Directive 2014/45. The changes were mainly regarding the way the test is carried out and reported. Over the years, more and more checks have been added to the MOT test. The long list of additions to the MOT, includes tyre, emission and battery checks. While the MOT gets more complex and in depth throughout time, the safety of our cars is increasing all the time! Here at Off Rhodes Garage, we are able to offer MOT testing for class 4 and 7 vehicles. With our dedicated lane open for testing throughout the day, your vehicle will receive our undivided attention! For more information on our MOT test service, visit our website...

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Our Top Tips for New Drivers

Posted by on Apr 13, 2018 in News

Our Top Tips for New Drivers

The first few weeks and months after passing your driving test, can be incredibly daunting! It may take a while to settle into sharing the roads with other drivers and possible hazards. That’s why we’re taking you through our top 5 tips for new drivers, to make your day to day life as a driver, much easier.   Further training You’ve passed your test, congratulations… but this doesn’t mean you know everything there is to know about driving! The first step to becoming the best driver you can possibly be, is get some extra training. The perfect option for you would be the Pass Pluss Scheme. This is an optional government scheme, which allows people who have recently started driving, to gain further knowledge and experience. This scheme, will give you that extra bit of confidence on the roads! Don’t be distracted For many young drivers, one of the most exciting things about having your own car, is being able to go on road trips with your friends. We appreciate that you are going to want to do this sort of thing, but it is essential that you make sure your friends aren’t becoming a distraction. When you give friends a lift, it is advisable that you remind them of the importance of letting you focus, so that you can pay full attention to the road and keep safety at a maximum Display Pass plates When you can finally remove the L plates from your car, it’s a real sense of jubilance. You are now seen as an equal to the rest of the drivers on the road. We would suggest that you don’t get too ahead of yourself though. By displaying P plates, you can make other drivers aware of the fact that you are new to the roads, ensuring they can be extra considerate and understanding of your inexperience. Enhance your road sign knowledge You may not realise it when you first start driving, but road signs are incredibly important, and they save lives when paid attention to. You’ll have been taught the meanings of road signs, in order to pass your driving test but it’s just as easy to forget them, if you are complacent. Keep brushing up on your road sign knowledge, so that you can follow them correctly when it’s required.   Have a reliable car garage   Our last bit of advice, is to always have the assurance of a car garage that you know you can rely on. The first time you have an urgent problem with your vehicle, you may panic but there is no need to. It is completely normal for your car to need repair work from time to time, and with the help of a trusty garage, you’ll never be without your car for long. Plus, it is a legal requirement for your car to undergo an MOT....

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