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What are Run Flat Tyres?

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Run flat tyres are constantly growing in popularity. Long gone are the days when it was only premium manufacturers such as BMWMercedes, Audi, Alfa Romeo, and Mini who supply new cars with run-flat tyres.

So what is a run-flat tyre and why does can make a massive difference to you in terms of not only safety but also convenience and ultimately costs?


What makes a Run Flat Tyre Special

A Run-flat Tyre has been specially manufactured so that it will stay inflated even after a puncture.

They use tried and tested engineering that has its roots as far back as 1935 when Michelin introduced them for commuter trains and military vehicles.

You can drive on a run-flat tyre even after it has had a puncture for a limited time at reduced speeds

You have increased control of your car during a blowout or puncture as the wheel can still support the weight of the car.  

Because of increased mobility even after a puncture you are not left stranded at the side of the road. 

So should we all rush out and buy Run Flat tyres?

The jury is still out as there are some other considerations that must be taken into consideration.

The first has to be the cost. The tyre industry has a consensus that a Run Flat tyre can cost a minimum of 20% more than a standard tyre. 

Some owners of cars using Run Flat Tyres claim that because of the inner wall the ride of the car is not as smooth or as comfortable.

This is because a Run Flat Tyre by design is stiffer and therefore can affect the suspension of your car, 

They also claim that it is more difficult to tow caravans and trailers.

This is because the additional weight that is placed on your car can affect the speed at which you can travel and even to some extent the distance.