Verging on the ridiculous

I read with interest your coverage of damage caused by road humps. Although we have some in towns around here in the New Forest, most of the damage to wheels, tyres and suspension seems to be caused by the huge amount of broken up road surfaces/potholes at the edge of the narrowish roads. Pulling over to let someone past is really precarious and potentially expensive - cost me and my neighbours several nearside wheels and tyres in the past few years so far despite driving cautiously and looking out for them. My neighbour has changed to a big FO 4WD which he says he didn't really want to but had no choice. I'm not sure about that but I remember growing up in Africa in the 1970s, which had rubbish dirt roads. My dad had an Austin 1300 with biggish but narrow dirt tyres on the standard steel wheels, this seemed to go anywhere no problem. Not wanting or particularly being able to afford changing my car, I wonder if there are modern day wheel/tyre combos that would do a better job coping on the rubbish roads now than the 16” tyres
on our current Golf Mk5?

Asked on 23 January 2010 by L.B., via e-mail

Answered by Honest John
Yes. Switch to 15" wheels with 195/65 R15 tyres, as fitted to the Golf
Mk V Bluemotion.
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