New Driving Laws for 2021

Posted by on May 7, 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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Book Your Next Service with Off Rhodes Garage!

Posted by on Jan 4, 2021 in News

Book Your Next Service with Off Rhodes Garage!

Ensuring your vehicle is road worthy and safe is an important part of owning a car. A car servicing allows your vehicle to be fully checked to ensure it’s condition is up to standard. Plus, it’s also the perfect opportunity to spot anything that might be an issue further down the line. At Off Rhodes Garage we are proud to be an independent family run garage with years of experience and can assist with everything from MOT’s and repairs to full Servicing. We can tailor our servicing packages to suit your budget and answer any questions you may have too. Our servicing varies from a simple oil change to an in-depth motor industry 50-point service, which covers everything. We pride ourselves on offering a professional service every time and our team are friendly, courteous and fully trained to carry out any work. You can rest assured that all work and parts fitted or carried out by us will carry at least a 12 month no questions warranty too. If you are coming to us from further afield, we offer a courtesy car for those who require a vehicle servicing in areas such as Richmond, Catterick and surrounding areas. Throughout lockdown our team have been working hard to not only provide the same great service but carry it out safely. To learn more about our servicing and to book your next slot please call 01748 811 500 or visit:...

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Caring For Your Car Over The Winter Period

Posted by on Dec 22, 2020 in News

Caring For Your Car Over The Winter Period

During the Winter months driving conditions can become dangerous for drivers. It is important to prepare your car so that you are ready for the winter weather. In this blog we are going to provide you with some top tips to keep your car running this winter. Check Your Battery Car batteries have an effective life of five years and should always be checked on a regular basis. During the colder months, the weather conditions increase the use of your lights and heating. This has an added strain on your battery and therefore we recommend you have your battery checked by a professional. Our team of professionals can assure you that your car battery is in full working order and there are no problems. Tyre Condition The tyres on your car are vital for both steering and breaking and it is essential that they are in good condition. The minimum recommended depth during the winter is 3mm compared to the legal minimum of 1.6mm at other times of the year. Having winter tyres on your car will also offer increased grip in the snow and icy conditions. Keep Your Engine Coolant Topped Up Your engine coolant should be a mix of anti-freeze and water. It is important to remember to top up your anti-freeze as it will become diluted over time and less effective. If you top up the water more than the anti-freeze, your car could over-heat and require expensive repairs. We can make sure that your car is fully prepared for winter with our range of services which include repairs, MOTs, services and much more! To learn more or request a quote, call 01748 811500 or visit:...

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Tyre Safety Month

Posted by on Nov 3, 2020 in News

Tyre Safety Month

October is Tyre Safety Month and this year’s campaign focuses on if your tyres are ready for ACTion, Air Pressure, Condition, Tread. Although it may not seem crucial for your tyres to be checked they need testing at least once every month and before long journeys. In this blog we discuss the 3 main areas you need to assess… Air Pressure The air inside your tyre creates pressure, the less air there is in the tyre the more rubber contact with the road which can cause your tyres to be worn down. To get your pressure checked you need an accurate tyre pressure gauge. From there you can see if the air is an acceptable level or if more air is needed. If you are unsure you can contact the Off Rhodes Garage and we will gladly help. Condition With uneven road conditions comes tyre damage, some that you might not spot until it’s too late… Lumps and bulges in your tyre may indicate internal damage which if not treated could cause catastrophic damage. If you feel your tyres have deteriorated, it’s always best to talk to a professional who can assess your tyres to ensure they are totally safe. Tread Depth The minimum legal limit of Tread Depth is 1.6mm which in simpler terms can be tested with a 20p. If your tread is under the legal limit it could mean your car struggles to grip the road and one wrong move could result in an accident. This is one of the most crucial checks and can make a huge difference in various weather conditions. Off Rhodes is a family run, independently owned business in Brompton on swale specialising in servicing, MOTs, Repairs and more! To learn more and request your quote please call 01748 811500 or visit:...

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Your Cars Tyre Tread Depth

Posted by on Sep 4, 2020 in News

Your Cars Tyre Tread Depth

Ensuring your tyre tread depth is legal is one of the most important checks you can make on your car. If your tyres are worn there is a greater risk of an accident occurring, a fine being obtained and three penalty points. If all four of the tyres on your vehicle are below the legal limit you could lose your licence and face a £10,000 fine. In this blog we are going to discuss how you should check your tyre tread depth and the minimum tread depth. How To Check Your Tyre Tread Depth At Home Using a 20p coin is often the best way to check your tyres at home. By taking a 20p coin and inserting it into a tread mark, if you can’t see the outer part of the coin where you have put it in the groove then your tyre is above the legal limit. However, if you can see the outer section and it is still visible, there is a high possibility that your tyres are unsafe and require a professional inspection. We recommend that you check your tyres once every two/three weeks when your tyres are cold as possible. You should also check your tyres before long journeys to make sure they are road worthy. The Minimum Tyre Tread Depth The legal minimum tread depth is 1.6mm and the most recommended depth is 3mm. Once your tyres are below 3mm, the stopping distance will increase. Meaning it will take longer for you to come to a stop once you have pressed your break. When the roads are wet breaking with a tread of 1.6mm can take you up to twice as long to stop. Rain can also increase the risk of your tyres losing grip and skidding, resulting in a crash. Simply, the deeper the tread the better grip. Regular checks of your tyres are so important for your safety and the safety of your passengers. To get in touch with the team at Off Rhodes, call us on 01748 811 500 or visit...

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