With the growing popularity of run flat tyres and an increasing number of manufacturers using them as recommended original and replacement equipment, Easywheels.co.uk have put together this guide, filled with everything you need to know about Run Flat tyres.
The increase in the number of cars using run flats is largely down to the perceived security and safety enhancements, although, as you'll see throughout this guide, they're not for everyone, and safety isn't the only reason for buying Run Flats.
At Easywheels.co.uk we not only stock a huge selection of conventional and run flat tyres at seriously low prices but we also aim to give you all the information you need to make the best decision for you and your vehicle. If you're confused at any point or simply want to know more about run flat tyres then feel free to use the chat tool in the bottom right of the site or give us a call on 0333 9000 201.
As mentioned above, run flat tyres aren't for everyone. They can affect the vehicle's handling and performance, particularly when fitted to a car that hasn't been designed to drive on run flats. To save you spending money on tyre technology you don't need we've gathered all the information on what you should know about run flats below.
So here are some of the ways in which run flat tyres can affect your vehicle:
There are a number of reasons why you might want to put run flat tyres on your vehicle and why there has been a recent resurgence in their use as original equipment from major manufacturers including the likes of BMW and Mercedes. With a whole host of new technologies and designs, run flats have come a long way and now offer the convenience of continuing your journey even after a puncture without some of the drawbacks faced in past designs.
Run flat tyre lifespan/longevity ? One of the common misconceptions with run flat tyres is the life span with many assuming that due to the added technology and performance of the tyre its lifespan is shorter. This isn't the case thankfully or else the benefits of using run flat tyres would soon be lost with the need to replace them more often. Run flat tyres won't necessarily last any longer than conventional tyres will but they certainly won't wear any faster on average.
This all sounds great so far but lots of people call Easywheels.co.uk having heard of other peoples negative experiences with run flat tyres or they are unsure as to whether they really are all singing and dancing. So, in the spirit of giving a balanced and honest argument, we're going to take a look at some of the answers to the common questions: Why shouldn't I buy run flat tyres? And why are run flat tyres bad?
Remember, changing from one kind of tyre to another isn't recommended by manufacturers and is only ever advised in consultation with Easywheels.co.uk fitting stations that may be able to set the suspension and handling to suit the change.
You might not consider everything below to be a disadvantage but we've listed it anyway so you've got the full picture.
Here we're going to try and put right a few common misconceptions that many people have about run flat tyres helping you to make the best and most informed choice possible.
Most of the major manufacturers have developed their own take on the original run flat design and now have patented techniques that ensure you'll keep going even after a puncture or damage to the tyre.
Recently a number of budget and mid-range manufacturers have also come in to the market, aiming to fill the gap that previously was of affordable budget tyres. These often use a slightly different approach, more subtle in its differences from those of the premium brand manufacturers.
One thing is for sure though ? at Easywheels.co.uk we stock a huge range of run flat tyres from all the major brands including the likes of Pirelli, Michelin, Bridgestone and many more. We also hold a wide range of more affordable run flat tyres that won't break the bank and will keep you on the move.
Below we've listed some of the major manufacturers and how their patented Run Flat tyre systems work to keep you going. If you're looking to find how run flats work in general then you can skip ahead to the How It works section of our Run Flat tyre guide.
Bridgestone's run flat offering utilises some of the latest technology and is designed to ensure performance is in no way compromised against a conventional tyre. As the largest tyre manufacturer in the world, Bridgestone have decades of experience in producing run flat tyres, having been manufacturing them since the 1980's. They are now widely used on BMW models as original equipment run flat options.
The third generation of their run flat tyre range utilises stiffer sidewalls with NanoPro-Tech technology that reduces friction and heat in the event of a puncture. With wider beads and better bead fillers to support this, you can be absolutely sure that these options will work as expected and are provide a much better comfort level than previous generations. Cooling fins and a new ply help to reduce heat in the event of a puncture, allowing the run flat tyre to perform better until you are able to replace it.
After decades of using the more conventional run flat option, Continental have recently patented and released their take on the run flat tyre, aptly named ContiSeal. Like many of the competitors? offerings, the fundamental goal is the same; to keep you going even after a puncture. The ContiSeal still utilises the stiffer sidewalls but relies more on ensuring that air pressure isn't lost than other options. ContiSeal tyres are coated on the inside with a sticky viscous layer that forms around objects and or holes in the tyre to ensure pressure isn't lost. Working in combination with the stiff sidewall structure the ContiSeal keeps you going safely long after a puncture or damage to the tyre.
As one of the most well-known tyre manufacturers in the world, Dunlop's RunOnFlat technology aims to produce run flat tyres that won't compromise performance or handling and remain competitive in all areas when up against a conventional tyre. A patented reinforced sidewall and a large road surface contact area ensure you will always make it home or to the garage without further issues after suffering a puncture or damage to your tyre
Making use of Pirelli's patented rubber compounds and more solid sidewall construction, Pirelli's run flat tyres are designed to ensure you're never left stranded and with minimal effect on the performance of the tyre. Allowing you to drive safely on them for up to 50mph, you'll be able to get home safely or make it to a garage in plenty of time. As the official tyre supplier of Formula 1, Pirelli are steeped with experience and known globally for the quality of their tyres. Like their conventional and formula 1 tyre options, Pirelli run flat tyres are designed to not let you down.
Pirelli run flat tyres use their own rubber compounds to deliver stable driving conditions in the event of a puncture and their reliability is second to none. The stiffer sidewalls ensure the tyre can keep its shape well at all times and there is consistent amount of contact area between the road and tyre at all times. The new Seal Inside technology also provides an internal layer beneath the rubber that will stick to anything that pierces the rubber and fill any hole that is left behind once the object is removed. This helps keep the tyre pressure at an acceptable level for a period of time.
For many people, buying tyres is a bit of an unwanted cost so here at Easywheels.co.uk we find we're often asked what the cheapest of something is or what the best value is. We're going to look here at a bit about the costs of run flat tyres and whether they really are as expensive as rumour would have you believe.
Generally speaking it's fair to say that run flats are more expensive than their conventional or non-run flat counterparts. This is largely down to the way in which they're made, the extra materials and production costs along with a legacy of only premium manufacturers producing them. However, you don't have to carry a spare which is always nice and saves you money upfront on the extra tyre and on fuel over the long run as you're carrying less weight.
But, they're harder to repair and it's less likely you'll be able to repair your run flat tyre for the reasons we've mentioned throughout this guide.
So, understanding the costs associated with run flat tyres and the way they're likely to impact your bank is going to be high priority for most of us and will likely help you to decide whether ultimately they're for you or not.
Run flat tyres offer greater safety compared to conventional options in the event of a puncture by allowing you to continue driving safely until you can get home or to a garage to replace it. This means you are less likely to lose control after a puncture, nor do you have to try to fit the spare tyre by the side of the road ? you don't need a spare tyre at all with run flat options.
Run flat options have been criticised for having a much firmer ride than conventional tyres due to the need to be reinforced for when a puncture occurs but they have been around for a number of decades, proving to be durable options for any vehicle. Originally developed in motorsports, the technology was brought to road cars for the obvious safety benefits and has gone from strength to strength since.
There are three main types of run flat tyres that you can find, all with their own benefits and disadvantages. Which one you choose may depending on the car you drive, the conditions you commonly face and your driving style. These are:
If you want even more information on run flat tyres, or want to find out more about the options we have available, speak to one the Easywheels.co.uk team on 0333 9000 201 today or browse our fantastic selection of tyres right here online.
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