The wheel was a ground-breaking invention for early civilisations. It is, in fact, a cornerstone of our society to this day. But what do you actually know about wheels other than that they go round and round?
You may as well stick your head in a beehive rather than talk about which manufacturer’s tyres are the best. Never mind what kind of tyre is the best. Let’s avoid all that tricky stuff and focus on some interesting facts: from the kind of tyres your vehicle needs to what the 10-year-old Johnny Dunlop once got for Christmas...
Road tyres can be divided into four subcategories: summer tyres (1) are what you typically get in South Africa because of our moderate climate.
Winter tyres (2) are popular in the northern hemisphere including Canada and the countries in northern Europe where it snows even in their lowlying regions.
All-season tyres (3) look similar to winter tyres, but they make less noise on tar and often have a longer lifespan.
You’ll find high-performance tyres (4) on sports cars – they’re not suitable for gravel roads, at all.
With the exception of all-season tyres, such as Goodyear’s Vector 4Season tyres, a road tyre really shouldn’t be fitted on a serious off-road vehicle.