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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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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