Why MOT’s are so Important

Posted by on Dec 5, 2019 in News

Why MOT’s are so Important

Since 1960, vehicles across the United Kingdom have been required to undertake the Ministry of Transport Test. There have been many different changes since the introduction of the MOT and today it has been become a real necessity. Whilst it may seem stressful when your car has to go in for its MOT, it highly depends on it. In this blog we are going to be talking about why this test is so important. Road Safety The MOT Test was originally introduced in order to reduce the amount of annual car crashes which was at a worrying high. A large number of these crashes were due to under-performing cars that had not been well maintained by their owners. Bringing in this test would ensure cars are only allowed to be on the road if they have passed certain checks. Legal Requirement No matter how inconvenient the test could seem, without an up-to-date MOT certificate you will not be able to renew your road tax. This means that you will be unable to drive your vehicle on the road legally. If you choose to drive a vehicle that hasn’t passed its MOT and are involved in a crash, then your insurance company will invalidate your insurance. This means you will be responsible for paying for both yours and the other person’s repairs. If you are caught driving a vehicle without an MOT you can end up with a £1000 fine. Vehicle Repairs If you want to get as many years out of your vehicle as possible, the MOT test will help greatly. Having your car checked in this way can uncover faults which you may not have noticed. Finding these faults will contribute to extending your vehicle’s life span. Here at Off Rhodes Garage, we offer MOT test’s for class 4 and 7 vehicles. To get in touch with us call 01748 811500 or visit...

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Clearing your car over the Coming Chilly Months

Posted by on Oct 30, 2019 in News

Clearing your car over the Coming Chilly Months

Over the next few months the weather will be taking that annual chilly turn, meaning plenty of disruption for drivers around the country. With ice on the roads and snow falling from above, those weekday mornings can be quite stressful. One huge part of the stress is clearing the snow and ice from your car but don’t worry, there are some great ways to make life easier. In this blog we are going to be talking about our top tips for clearing your car over the coming chilly months! Planning It may sound simple but planning really is so important when it comes to ensuring your car is road ready in plenty of time. Set your alarms early and get out there in the cold to enable you to deal with the weather no matter how extreme it is. We would suggest always doing a routine check of the weather forecast the night before; that way you can create the perfect morning plan. Equipment It is always vital that you use the correct equipment when it comes to clearing your car effectively. You should buy an actual snow brush to use when doing any manual snow/ice clearing. It is well known that shovels and other general use brushes can cause damage and scratches to your vehicle. To save you time as you scrape the ice off your car, a commercial-grade de-icing spray is a perfect option. Start from the top. When you clear the snow from your car, it often can end up quite tricky if not done in the correct way. You should start by clearing the snow from the roof and work your way down. Clearing the top part of the car later could completely undo the work you did on the bottom half of the car. Effectively removing snow from your car is important as it can actually be a criminal offence if you are judged to be causing danger to other cars on the road. Here at Off Rhodes Garage, we are here to cover any repair needs if the weather does get the better of your car over the next few months. For more information give us a call on 01748 811 500 or visit...

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How Rain can Affect your Car

Posted by on Sep 23, 2019 in News

How Rain can Affect your Car

Over the coming Autumn months, the weather will be turning increasingly rainy, meaning wetter roads and difficult driving conditions at times. Whilst safe driving should ensure you don’t need to worry too much when it rains, it is always wise to be aware of the different risk factors involved with wet weather. In this blog we are going to be talking about the way rain can affect your car and the way it performs on the roads. Rainwater on the Headlights Whilst headlights are manufactured with a watertight seal, wear and tear can cause this seal to become vulnerable to water intake. This often causes condensation inside the light, which can lead to the light’s beam being scattered. This can affect the brightness of the lamp, posing a risk to yourself and other drivers. If you find water mist you should turn on the headlight and turn on the far-lit lamp, if the issue remains you should then look into asking for professional help. Driver’s Vision Your windscreen wipers may seem a simple component in the car but any failure could result in low visibility which is of course a big danger on the roads. If the weather gets so bad that your windscreen wipers receive damage, you should take action as soon as possible. If it is simply the wipers that are damaged, you will be able to buy new ones and fit them easily. However, if it’s a hydraulics failure, you may need the help of a garage. Tyres You should always be cautious to not drive too fast when it has been raining heavily. This is due to the fact that your tyres can lose contact with the road when driving fast over standing water. This causes you to then lose steering control, known as aquaplaning. If this does happen, you should hold the steering wheel lightly and lift off the throttle until the tyres regain grip. Here at Off Rhodes Garage we can carry out repairs if rain has caused damage to your car. For more information give us a call on 01748 811 500 or visit...

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The Top 4 Most Common Car Faults

Posted by on Sep 9, 2019 in News

The Top 4 Most Common Car Faults

No matter how old your car is, you will most likely encounter a fault at some time or another. But here are some of the most common faults that occur with vehicles. Flat Battery A flat battery can be a real inconvenience, It. can be caused by the weather, an electrical fault or many other things. A main sign you have a flat battery is your car failing to start when you turn the key. Plus, you also may encounter a red warning light. Brake Failure Overtime brake pads can become warn, which is why it’s important to keep them maintained regularly. However, if you encounter car faults, you can expect to experience a change in breaking power and noises from the brake pads. It’s important to have these checked before you encounter a real break failure which stops you from being able to slow altogether. Tire Wear As expected, your tires go through many road conditions which can in the long term, wear them down. Many flat tires and punctures can be increased when your tires are worn. You can start to tell if your tires are becoming warn as you may feel a slight vibration or a pull in the steering wheel too. Suspension Problems Your suspension is a key part in your car which is why rough roads can cause it to go wrong. If you feel bumps in the road more frequently or you hear noises when driving on rough roads, this could be a problem that needs sorting straight away! Here at Off Rhodes, we are experts in all fault’s car related and can get your vehicle back on the road in no time. If you are looking for more information on the services we offer, please call us on 01748 811500 or visit:...

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Things to Remember When Driving at Night

Posted by on Jul 24, 2019 in News

Things to Remember When Driving at Night

With the recent news that there are plans in consideration for new drivers to be banned from driving at night, this form of driving is in the spotlight. Whether you have just recently passed your test or are a driver with many years’ experience, certain trips in the dark can be challenging. In this blog we are going to be letting you know about some of the key things which you need to remember when driving at night. Using your headlights It is actually illegal to drive at night without fully functioning front and rear lights, so checks before driving are essential. Using your headlights can seem a simple task but when driving at night you should put a considerable amount of thought into doing so. Dipped beam should be used in urban areas and also when you see an oncoming car. Full beam should be used mainly on unlit, country roads. To ensure light from other cars doesn’t dazzle you, tilt your rear-view mirror slightly to reduce the effect. Take a break Over the years, many car accidents have occurred as a result of driver tiredness. When making long journeys at night you can easily end up becoming tired but this should not be something which you ignore. Falling asleep while driving causes around 20% of serious accidents in the UK so it is vital that you rest before travelling or even stop for a nap midway through long journeys. Visibility With decreased visibility and more hazards than usual, remembering to remain alert at all times is imperative. You should also make sure your car windows are clean, inside and out, as unclean glass can increase glare from other vehicles and is more likely to steam up. Here at Off Rhodes Garage we offer car MOT’s and other repair services meaning your vehicle can be in the best possible condition for driving at night. For information on the services we offer call us on 01748 811 500 or visit...

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Our Tips for Taking your Theory Test

Posted by on Jun 26, 2019 in News

Our Tips for Taking your Theory Test

Last year we offered some of our top tips for passing your driving test but of course, there is one thing which you must pass before you get to that stage… your theory test! Opinions vary on whether practical or theory is more difficult but whichever way you see it, you’ve got to pass the latter in order to progress. In this blog we are going to be pointing out some great tips for passing your theory test! Revision When it comes to maximising your chance of passing your theory, revision really is everything. You need to be confident answering any of the questions in the DSA Theory Test Handbook, which contains around 1000 possible test questions! You can find mock tests on the internet which are a great help and the DVLA app is brilliant for practicing too. It’s also highly beneficial to practice answering questions under pressure, so ask a friend to quiz you whilst under a time limit. You’ll need to brush up on hazard perception to make sure that part of the test doesn’t get the better of you. Essentials It’s great to be focused on what you need in order to pass your test, but it is vital that you remember the essentials required to sit it. You’ll have to make sure you have your provisional licence otherwise you simply won’t be able to take part. Also be sure to remember your credit or debit card, as you’ll need to pay for your test. On the day, you should be at the test centre 30 minutes before the start of your test. Time management Using your time wisely is key to doing well with your test. You get 15 minutes beforehand to get used to everything so you should take advantage of this and raise any concerns you have. You’ll then get a three minute break between the first and second part of your test. Be sure to use this time to take a breather and focus yourself for the next stage of the test. Here at Off Rhodes Garage we can be your go-to place for all of your vehicle’s repair and MOT needs once you are on the road. For more information call us on 01748 811500 or visit...

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