Over the past few weeks, Sunday Times readers have been venting their frustration and disappointment over space-saver tyres on the InGear letters page.
But yesterday Mike O’Neill, from the Isle of Dogs, east London, rolled out an impressive defense for the controversial tyres under the heading “Less whine, more wine”.
He wrote: “The whingers who complain about space-saver wheels really annoy me (InGear, Letters, last week and June 13). What sor of tyres do they use and how badly do they drive? Four years ago I ran over a lorry exhaust with my VW Golf on the RN10 a few miles north of Bordeaux. I was at night on a dark road and I should be veen on full beam – c’est la vie!
“Puncture? More like a ripped tyre and smashed alloy wheel, but the car still moved. Driving no faster that 50mph, the narrow wheel took me the several hundred miles back to London, with only the hoots of les routiers to disturb the calm.
“I did have a standard spare when I bought my car in 1988 but changed it for the smaller one some years ago, as every bit of space saved is weight reduced (and more wine brought home), and using the little wheel brought impressive fuel consumption of 54mpg. I can’t be the only one to appreciate these clever gizmos, so let’s have less moaning, please.”
Denna Bowman, Head Office