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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Driving Habits which could Damage your Car

Posted by on May 29, 2019 in News

Driving Habits which could Damage your Car

Most people who drive will tell you how much pride they take in their vehicle and this should make anyone want to take care when driving. Whilst you may think that the way you drive could have no negative impact on your car, there are a number of bad driving habits which drivers do every single day without any idea of what the consequences could be for their vehicle. In this blog we will be pointing out a few of the most common driving habits which could damage your car. Resting your Hand on the Gearstick Although we are all told very early on in our driving life that you should always keep both hands on the steering wheel, it doesn’t take long for some people to start ignoring this advice. It is very common for drivers to rest one hand on the gearstick without even thinking about it. Many people aren’t aware that this can actually be bad for the transmission. The gearstick in your car is connected to a selector fork. This is only meant to make contact with a rotating collar for a short amount of time. Resting your hand on the gearstick risks applying pressure to the selector fork, causing premature wear. Ignoring warning lights The warning lights on your car’s dashboard may seem a pain at times but they are there for a reason! Ignoring any of these lights could cause further damage to your vehicle and make repairs even more costly. It could also make your car a danger to the road so you should always investigate when you see a warning light. If you’re not sure what a specific light means, you should be able to find out by taking a look at the owner’s manual. Late Braking We all end up in situations where the use of our brakes is vital and all drivers will have to carry out an emergency stop at some point. However, if you are someone who over-uses these sudden stops, it can place much more strain on the braking system, wearing out your pads and discs faster. If you take care in driving at a slightly slower speed, you are less likely to need to brake late on a regular basis. Here at Off Rhodes Garage we are on hand to offer repairs, MOT’s and servicing to keep your car in great condition. For more information give us a call on 01748 811 500 or visit...

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Signs that a Pothole has Damaged your Car

Posted by on May 3, 2019 in News

Signs that a Pothole has Damaged your Car

When you’re driving and you realise you have hit a pothole it can be both frustrating and worrying. It could be that your car has gotten off lightly without any causes for concern, but it is often difficult to identify if damage has occurred. In this blog we are going to be talking you though the signs you should look for and how to know if there has been any damage caused to your vehicle. Loss of control If you have noticed a significant loss of control in the days after hitting a pothole it is a clear indication that something is not right. Signs which suggest this include swaying when making routine turns or bouncing excessively on rough roads. This tends to suggest your car’s steering and suspension have been damaged. These two things are key to your car being safe on the road so it is vital that you take quick action if this is the case. Wheel Alignment If your car is struggling to simply drive in a straight line and instead pulling in one direction, this could suggest an alignment problem which has been caused by hitting a pothole.  Uneven tyre wear is also another symptom of this kind of issue. Without proper wheel alignment the lifespan of your tyres can be reduced and safe handling can also be compromised. Other Tyre Issues There are a wide range of other tyre issues which are big signs that your encounter with a pothole has left it’s mark. These include Low tyre pressure, bulges or blisters on the sidewalls, or dents in the wheel rim. These are all things which are easily visible. If you notice any of these signs, you should have your tyres checked before any damage worsens. Here at Off Rhodes Garage we offer a first-class repair service so are well equipped to deal with your vehicle’s pothole damage. For more information call us on 01748 811 500 or visit...

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Driving Tips for Spring

Posted by on Mar 28, 2019 in News

Driving Tips for Spring

Now that we are into the season of Spring, the nights are getting much lighter and the colours around us brighter. Eggs are hatching and we are excited for Easter! There is one thing that remains the same from Winter however, driving conditions can still be as tricky as ever. In this blog we are going to be sharing some of our top tips for Driving at this time of year. Check your Wiper Blades After a Winter of snow, ice and some really extreme weather conditions, your windscreen wipers are sure to have been put through their paces. With the rainfall that comes during Spring, your car’s wipers aren’t going to be resting anytime soon. It is important that you check the blades for any damage and it may be that you need to replace them. You should also clean your windshield with good window washer to improve wiper performance. Wet Roads You may think that the hardest driving conditions are out of the way but rain can be just as dangerous as ice. You should take extra care by increasing the distance between you and the car in front when the roads are wet. It is also vital to avoid standing water and flooded roads at all times, as you never know how deep the water is! Replace worn tyres At the time of year when rain can be extremely heavy, your tyres need to be in the best condition possible to deal with the difficult conditions the roads end up in. Worn treads cause a loss of traction, which highly increases your chances of sliding. If your tyres are in a poor state they may need to be replaced. Even if the tread is ok it could be that your tyres need inflating so you should also check this. If your vehicle requires repairs to make it ready for Spring, the team here at Off Rhodes have you covered. For more information visit www.offrhodesgarage.co.uk or call us on 01748 811 500....

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Our First-Class Repair Service

Posted by on Mar 4, 2019 in News

Our First-Class Repair Service

In the 21st century people rely on their cars more than ever, that’s why it is vital that you never have to worry about being without your vehicle. When you encounter an issue with your car we understand that you want to be able to rely on a car garage who will be able to offer quick and effective solutions. Here at Off Rhodes Garage we offer a first-class repair service and in this blog we will be telling you why we are the people to rely on. Going the Extra Mile When carrying out repairs on your vehicle there are two things that we always make sure are our priority, you and your car. We always go the extra mile to offer a personal service in which we cater for your specific needs. We pride ourselves on being honest and upfront about any costs and work which needs doing. All parts and labour from us come with a guarantee, with damaged and replaced parts retained for your inspection. Our team will also do their best to provide information about the nature of the repairs/faults in a manner that you will be able to better understand. Welding Repairs If your car has had damage to a localized area due to corrosion or a collision you may believe that the issue is beyond repair. Thanks to our welding repairs service this is simply not the case. Our specialist team of experts can use equipment which will have your vehicle as good as new in no time. We don’t just patch, we repair! Courtesy Car After many of our customers told us how hard it was to book their car in with us due to commitments such as the school run, we decided to do something about it. We now have courtesy cars which are available to be booked whenever your car is in for either repairs or a service at our garage. This means that with Off Rhodes Garage you will never be without a car for long!   For more information on our first-class repair service, give us a call on 01748 811 500 or visit...

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New Driving Laws for 2019

Posted by on Feb 14, 2019 in News

New Driving Laws for 2019

Over the years there have been huge changes in driving laws in the UK and this year is set to be no exception as changes come into effect that will no doubt change the way we are expected to act on the roads. While the endless updates to the law can seem tiring, it is vital that you are informed of all the latest changes so that you can both keep on the right side of the law and keep safe. In this blog we will be talking you through just some of the changes that will come into force this year.   Learners on the Motorway This law change could be seen as a real positive one if you think that experience is the best way of learning. This year for the first-time learner drivers will be aloud to drive on the motorway as long as they are with a qualified instructor who has dual controls in the vehicle. Previously you could only take to the motorway after passing your driving test. This update to the law will see learner drivers now get invaluable first-hand experience. Overtaking Cyclists Although a law was put in place last year, a lot of drivers don’t know about the new laws regarding overtaking cyclists. Motorists can now actually be fined for not leaving enough space between them and the cyclist. The penalty for this offence is a £100 fine and 3 points on your license, which is something you could certainly do without! MOT Rules Over the years we have seen the MOT develop into something far more complex than people would ever imagine it could be. When you come to us for next MOT you will notice a number of new additions to the test. These include checks for underinflated tyres, contaminated brake fluid, brake pad warning lights and missing brake pads or discs.   Here at Off Rhodes Garage we have great expertise when it comes to the latest driving law changes. If you’d like some more information on the latest driving laws, call us on 01748 811 500 or visit...

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