Top Tips For Safe Night Driving

Posted by on Aug 19, 2021 in News

Top Tips For Safe Night Driving

As the time changes and the nights are drawing in earlier, it is important to be safe when driving in the dark and make sure you are extra vigilant and careful, not just to protect yourself but others too. We all know that driving in the dark is more dangerous and it has been reported that 40% of all collisions occur in darkness. There are many things that you can do to reduce the risks associated with night time driving. In this blog we are going to provide you with some of our top tips. Headlights Whether it is dusk or pitch black, your vision is reduced as soon as the light starts to fade so making sure you have your headlights on is important. Many modern cars will automatically turn the headlights on when it reaches a certain darkness, it is advised that you turn on your headlights an hour before sunset and in the morning you keep them on for an hour after sunrise. This will allow other drivers to see you in shallow light. Check Your Lights Regularly Especially in winter when you use your headlights more frequently, you need to make sure that all of your lights, headlights, and brake lights work- this is a legal requirement. Regular headlight maintenance is a quick job, turn on your lights, walk around the car and check they all work. If a bulb has blown, have it changed as soon as possible otherwise you may face a fine. The team at Off Rhodes Garage are on hand to help you if you require any repairs carrying out. Clean Your Windscreen Making sure that your water is topped up so that you can wash your windscreen when needed is crucial. It must be clean on the inside and out and this will help you to make sure you can see better not just during the night but in the day. When you are driving towards the sun and your windscreen is dirty, it can make it incredibly hard to see and be very dangerous. For more information on our services such as repairs, MOT or servicing, call us on 01748 811 500 or...

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Standard Petrol is Changing to E10

Posted by on Jul 13, 2021 in News

Standard Petrol is Changing to E10

During this summer, we are going to see changes in petrol and the fuel nozzles when we go to petrol stations. Before the end of summer 2021, standard (95 octane) petrol will become E10. This change will happen in early 2022 for those in Northern Ireland. This change will ONLY apply to petrol and diesel fuel will not be changing. Did you know that 95% of petrol-powered vehicles on the road today can already use E10 and all cars built after 2011 are compatible? From when the change is made, petrol pumps will clearly label petrol as either E10 or E5. What is E10 Petrol? E10 petrol contains 10% renewable ethanol which reduced the amount of carbon dioxide, CO2, emissions that are associated with petrol vehicles. This helps to tackle climate change and pollution rates. Currently, petrol in the UK contains 5% renewable ethanol, also known as E5. E10 petrol is already used around the world including certain areas of Europe, US and Australia. It has also been the reference fuel against which new cars are tested for emissions and performance since 2016. Reducing Emissions CO2 is one the biggest greenhouses gases that contributes to climate change and that is why one of the main benefits of E10 petrol is that it reduces the overall levels of CO2 vehicle emissions. Though blending petrol with 10% renewable ethanol, less fossil fuel is needed meaning we can reduce the carbon emissions and meet the set climate change targets. By introducing E10 petrol, UK forecourts could cut transport CO2 emissions by 750,000 tones a year, that is the equivalent of taking 350,000 off the road, or all of the cars in North Yorkshire alone. Compatibility Any car manufactured since 2011 is compatible with E10 petrol, and most cars and motorcycles manufactured since the late 1990s are also approved by manufacturers to use E10. The following vehicles may not be compatible with E10 petrol: Specific models from the early 2000s Some mopeds with an engine size of 50 cc or under Classic, cherished, and older vehicles If you are looking for a reliable garage to take care of your first car, visit Off Rhodes Garage. We offer a range of services to keep your vehicle safe and road legal including MOTs, Repairs and Servicing. Contact us for more...

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New Driver? No Problem!

Posted by on May 13, 2021 in News

New Driver? No Problem!

We understand that the first few months of driving can be daunting for most drivers, and this is completely normal. Driving is a brand-new skill so it will often take a little while to be completely comfortable behind the wheel. In this blog we will share a selection of tips to make the start of your driving journey a little less stressful, and much more exciting and safe. Testing, Testing… Car safety checks are essential when embarking on a road trip or even just a simple drive to the shop. Getting into the habit of performing these tests is a great way to ensure your car is safe to drive… Tyre tread Tyre pressure Fuel level Oil level Water level Lights Continue Learning Driving instructors will typically teach in the safest and easiest circumstances which is why it is incredibly important to keep learning how to drive in more adverse conditions. For example, it may be beneficial to try driving at night and in heavy rain/snow with an experienced driver to ensure maximum safety and build confidence. We all know that British weather can be temperamental, so it is essential to be prepared for anything. Blind Spots Your mirrors are a fantastic tool for checking what is behind your vehicle, but they actually only have the ability to show what is in your peripheral vision. Because of this, it is in the best interest of you and other road users to check your blind spots every time you change lane. You never know if a bike or small car could be lurking. On this same topic, it is also important to make sure that you don’t enter the blind spot of other vehicles as this could end poorly should they suddenly brake. In this case, you should either accelerate to pull alongside them or safely drop back until you are in the view of their mirrors. Decline The Call… Driving Is More Important  Although using a mobile phone while driving is in fact illegal, a lot of road users seem to think that this is a law that doesn’t apply to them. This however could not be further from the truth. If you are caught, it could land you a hefty £200 fine and six points on your license, which also means disqualification if you passed your test in the last two years. Make sure that you are always paying attention to the road ahead. If you are looking for a reliable garage to take care of your first car, visit Off Rhodes Garage. We offer a range of services to keep your vehicle safe and road legal including MOTs, Repairs and Servicing. Contact us for more...

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Road Trip Essentials

Posted by on Apr 22, 2021 in News

Road Trip Essentials

We predict that staycations will be incredibly popular this summer due to the restrictions imposed by the government, but this is a fantastic opportunity to explore the wonders right on our doorsteps.  It is always important to fully prepare for a longer road trip because you never know if or when the worst may occur. In this blog we will discuss some of the ways to make the most of your road trip and be safe while doing so. Check, Check, Check Again It is important to always conduct a full range of checks on your car before embarking on a trip. These include checking engine oil levels, lights, window wipers and tyres. Most cars come with a spare tyre. They are often located under the car, attached to the back of the vehicle or located in the boot. If you are renting a car, ask the rental company where you can find it. Having a spare tyre can often be a godsend when the worst happens as there are many reasons why tyres may become flat: wear and tear, bad road conditions, and even heat can contribute to flat tyres. Paperwork When travelling, paperwork is perhaps the most crucial item you must remember. Whether you are at in the UK or abroad, ensure that you are licensed to drive. If you are abroad, you may need to obtain an international driver’s license because for some countries, your home license is not enough. It is always beneficial to check with local laws before departing for your road trip. Carrying your passport at all times when abroad is also incredibly important. In terms of hire cars, it would be useful to carry the booking information and all necessary information associated with the car – it is better to be safe than sorry! Because of the current climate, it is also vital to carry vaccine information and proof of a negative Covid test if possible. Insurance Make sure you and your car are protected against accidents. If your car is hit or you get into an accident you are financially protected with car insurance. It usually comes at an additional cost at most rental companies, but it is mandatory to drive with insurance in many countries. Map Although most road users now may have access to smartphones with maps at their fingertips, it is extremely beneficial to carry a physical map. Technology can be unreliable so having a map available at all times can be a lifesaver. Snacks and Drinks If you are travelling on main roads and motorways, chances are that there will be service stations and shops to purchase food and drinks, but for some journeys this may not be possible. When travelling on smaller back roads it is useful to have supplies in your vehicle for those sudden moments of thirst and hunger – especially is there are...

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New Driving Laws for 2021

Posted by on Mar 15, 2021 in News

New Driving Laws for 2021

Although updates to the law can seem difficult to keep track of, it is very much a necessity to keep up to date with all of the updates so you can keep safe and legal while out on the road. In this blog we will be outlining some of the laws being implemented this year. Green number plate changes Those who own electric and zero-emission vehicles can now purchase a brand-new green number plate. This could launch a range of benefits for owners of fully electric models with the Government hinting at cheaper parking and special zero-emission zones. MOT extension ends Test extensions came to an end on the 31st of January for many drivers after months of backlogs causing chaos in garages. Last year the Government announced a six-month extension for MOTs between 31 March and 31 July as many garages had to close due to the first Coronavirus lockdown. Remember – driving without a valid MOT certificate could see road users fined up to £1,000. Make sure your vehicle is legally on the road! New ALKS lane-keeping tools Late last year, the Department for Transport announced new Automated Lane Keeping technology could be available on new UK cars from spring 2021. The government ran a consultation at the end of 2020 to look at whether the tools could run safely at speeds of up to 70mph. It was set to look at ways to shape future policy and rules in relation to some form of driverless technology on the roads. This could lead to a number of new laws in the coming years. Mobile phone use According to Go Compare, a loophole which allowed drivers to take photos or videos while driving has been closed. Road users can now be issued a £200 fine and 6 points on their license for holding a phone under any circumstance. Brexit changes Even though a last-minute agreement between the UK and the EU means British drivers will not need an International Driving Permit when travelling abroad in most instances, some documents are still needed. The biggest change is the need for a car insurance green card which is proof you have a valid policy. These can be obtained from a car insurance provider, but road users must have a physical copy at all times. Also, if your vehicle is less than 12 months old, you will also need to carry your V5C logbook. We hope that this blog has given you some insight into the new laws that have/are coming into place this year. From servicing to welding repairs – visit Off Rhodes Garage with your enquiries and we will be sure to find a solution. We also have courtesy cars available to book for when jobs may take a little longer....

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How To Prepare Your Car for A Safe Journey

Posted by on Feb 16, 2021 in News

How To Prepare Your Car for A Safe Journey

With lockdown restrictions being lifted over the next few months, many of us will be planning long days out and road trips to other places in the UK. That’s why it’s important to make sure your vehicle is safe and ready for long journeys. In this blog we provide some top tips to ensure you have a successful trip. Make the essential checks. Before you make any tracks, you must make sure your car is in correct working order and there are no concerns. This includes these main areas… Tyres – ensure your tyres have at least the legal treat requitement of 1.6mm and they have the correct pressure. Fluid Levels – Always check your car has brake fluid, antifreeze and engine oil Breaks – If you feel your brake pads are getting worn it’s worth having them changed for extra safety. Lights – Even during the day your lights are a vital part of your car so you must make sure they are in full working order or need replacing. Here at Off Rhodes Garage, we can ensure your car ready for your next road trip! Plan your route Planning ahead is always the best step to take, especially when you are visiting an unknown location. Whether you use a Sat Nav or a map prepare for every eventuality and if any diversions will be present on your route. Take Breaks During a long journey it’s important to take regular breaks and taking some time out every 2 hours is recommended. If you are travelling through the night think about booking some accommodation as tiredness can kill. It’s always beneficial to have a friend in the car who can share the driving too. If you are looking to take a trip this Summer, ask Off Rhodes Garage about how we can help ensure your car is safe and ready. To learn more please call us on 01748 811 500 or visit:...

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