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?

Go! Camp & Drive - - CONTENTS - Text Cyril Klop­per Il­lus­tra­tions Do­minic Wien­and

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...

Which wheels?

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.

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