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2013-02-05 16:45

BAD TYRES A DANGER TO DRIVERS: It goes without saying that vehicles with poor tyres (above) should be removed from our roads but how about the spare wheels supplied (or even not) in modern new cars.a new vehicle with sub-standard tyres is disg

Wheels24 Reader Chris shares has shared his thoughts on tyres, spares wheels and dealer practices.

"I am looking at buying a new quality car and I am very disappointed to find that so many make use  of the very dangerous practice of supplying sub-standard spare wheels.

These wheels are smaller, have limited speed and range. Should you need to change a wheel in a remote area that could mean being stranded where there is no assistance and out of range of cellphone use.

‘DANGEROUS SITUATION’

In addition, if there are four people in the car and the boot is full, where do you put the wheel you just took off ?

There are even more dangerous cars that do not have a spare wheel at all. I would be scared to take a car like this very far from a garage.

There is also the tendency to fit run-flat tyres. These generally cannot be repaired, are expensive to replace and not readily available.

These systems may be suitable for Europe but are certainly not suitable for South Africa, other African countries or areas where roads are bad and there are vast distances between towns.

The effect is these cars could place you in a very dangerous situation and should not be allowed."

Do you agree with Chris? Automakers anything to say?

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