Run Flat Tyres
You may not have heard of Run Flat Tyres before as they're not as common as Winter Tyres or your typical large manufacturer tyres such as Continental and Michelin.
However, whilst different to winter tyres and serving an entirely different purpose, they are specifically designed to ensure that, even with a puncture, the car can still proceed to drive up to 50 miles before needed to have the tyre changed. You might be wondering how this is possible, well here's the technology behind Run Flat Tyres.
Advantages of Run Flats
There are many advantages to having run flat tyres and some of these are mostly down to safer driving:
- Strengthened sidewall helps tyres retain some of their ability to still drive and keeps the car under control in the event of a puncture.
- Once the tyre is punctured, you don't need to put yourself at risk by changing the tyre roadside - which can be very dangerous, especially on the motorway with cars travelling up to 70mph.
- One of the more obvious advantages is that there is more space in the boot and less weight being carried when driving. This in turn is better for fuel efficiency and overall mileage.
- If the car gets a puncture on the motorway, the car can be driven at a maximum speed of 50 mph for up to 50 miles. This means you can get in lane one to drive at 50 mph without obstructing other vehicles (who can safely pass you) until you find a garage to replace the punctured tyre.
- You won't be stranded and at risk. You can drive to a service station or a local town with a garage (or in some cases get home) to have access to food and toiletries. And if you're travelling with family members, this makes it easier for them to wait until the tyre has been changed.
Why Do Cars Have Them?
When you realise you may have a flat tyre, usually the driver would get out and go to the boot of the car, underneath the padded "flooring' of the boot is a large gap for a spare wheel. You'd normally jack the car up and change the wheel in a safe area. Or alternatively, call out a recovery service who would fit the tyre for you.
But you may have realised your car didn't come with a spare tyre. One of the main reasons this could be is because your car is equipped with run flat tyres. So you don't necessarily need to worry about changing your tyre until you reach your local or a local garage who can change the tyre for you.
As with all tyres they serve certain purposes, each coming with their own pros and cons.
It's best to do your research into what tyres you're looking for and what you need them for. Winter Tyres are primarily for driving in icy / colder conditions. Whereas run flat tyres are specifically designed to help prevent a sudden puncture and a "breakdown" in difficult situations, such as long motorway driving.
Interested in Fitting Your Car With Run Flats?
Get in touch with the Lindleys team today, simply find your local branch and give us a call, we'd be more than happy to discuss your needs and inform you what Run Flat Tyres are.