It's not uncommon for road users to see weird and sometimes wonderful cars on South African roads, but sometimes things can really take an unexpected turn.
We've seen everything from a flock of stolen sheep in a VW Polo sedan to a pelican in the front seat of a bakkie. Better yet, we've witnessed smashed cars still driving on the road being held together by nothing but duct tape. Or tables, chairs, and beds tied to the roof of a sedan, because who needs a bakkie or a trailer, right?
Recently a video surfaced on social media of a white Opel Corsa sedan spotted driving in Cape Town with only three wheels. The fourth wheel? Well, it was on a trolley. However, this is nothing new as other videos have recently popped up, with more motorists doing the same thing here in South Africa.
Desperate times indeed call for desperate measures, and they don't say "come to Bellville and CY" for nothing. For those outside of the Western Cape, CY is the registration for Bellville, a suburb just outside Cape Town, and it's an age-old silly saying we've all heard for ages whenever we see the number plate. The car's right rear rim was positioned on the trolley, ensuring it was balanced while on the move. Of course, an action like this is illegal and extremely dangerous, also putting the lives of other road users at risk.
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Putting 'skates' on
According to vehicle specialist and Auto-wizz owner Moinuddin Gaibe, this is not a new concept as he tells Wheels24 what exactly is happening in the video above.
"We use something known as 'skates' in a workshop when a vehicle is damaged or can't move; we put skates on it. So what this motorist has done is take these skates to a different level," says Gaibe.
"This motorist either had a damaged spare wheel or didn't have one at all because the rear shaft and the whole assembly of the rear suspension are still intact. It's quite obvious this driver adopted a skate purely because there was no other option for a spare wheel."
Gaibe says this is definitely illegal and extremely dangerous and should not be adopted as an alternative to moving or driving your vehicle in this manner.
He concludes: "One thing is for sure: if a tiny stone gets into one of the wheels as we have experienced with skates, the device will go flying, and the car will come down directly onto the rear brake drum and cause even more damage to your suspension - a costly self-inflicted exercise."