RUN FLAT TYRES
Punctures often happen at the most unexpected times, and in the most awkward places. However, with Run Flat tyres you can get home safely, with no need to get out of the car on the hard shoulder and put yourself at risk.
What are Run-Flat Tyres?
Run Flat tyres continue functioning if there is a rapid, sudden loss of pressure in the wheel. They do this by carrying the weight of the wheel, through the high strength of the sidewall. With the specially-designed bead, the tyre does not detach from the rim. The bead filler is made of a special type of rubber which resists increasing heat.
If your tyre gets punctured, the reinforced sidewall of the Run Flat tyres allows you to drive up to 80 km, at a maximum speed of 80 kmh.
What are the key benefits of Run Flat tyres?
- You can drive safely even when there is a loss of pressure in the tyre or a puncture.
- There is no need to change the tyres on the road or the hard shoulder. You can get to the nearest First Stop workshop.
- A fault in a normal tyre, especially at high speed, is a potentially dangerous situation, since you could lose control of your vehicle. Instead, Run Flat tyres are designed to keep the wheel firmly anchored to the rim, so that you keep control of the steering at all times.
- If a puncture occurs, there is no need to change the Run Flat tyre immediately, and you can drive comfortably and peacefully up to 80 km at a maximum speed of 80 km/hr.
- As it is not necessary to carry a spare wheel, you have more space in the boot.
- Saves energy, space and weight, since there is no need to carry the spare wheel in the car.
- It also saves on raw material, which has a big environmental benefit.
Can any vehicle be fitted with Run Flat tyres?
Manufacturers recommend fitting Run Flat tyres (RFT) to vehicles fitted with them from the start (as standard or option on purchasing the car).
Cars which can have Run Flat tyres (as standard or option) must always be fitted with a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System / TPMS. This system includes sensors inside the tyre. As soon as pressure drops, the system sends a warning to drive slower, not more than 80 kmh. First Stop tyre specialists will provide all the information you need, and help you to change the tyres if necessary.
Do Run-Flat tyres have to be serviced?
Yes, Run Flat tyres (RFT) must be checked regularly for punctures, wear, and damage, so that they can be changed if necessary, just like any other type of tyre. Don’t forget that a monthly check on tyre pressures is recommended. Still unsure then please visit your nearest First Stop dealer www.firststop.ie/en-ie/find-your-shop for a FREE of CHARGE check
Can Run Flat tyres be fitted to a vehicle without the pressure measurement system?
No because as there is no apparent change in the vehicle's performance, you may not realise that you have had a puncture.
Why opt for Bridgestone DriveGuard tyres?
- The Bridgestone DriveGuard technology is designed for any kind of vehicle with the TPMS system.
- The tyres have reinforced side walls and patented Cooling Fin technology which redistributes the heat and friction if your car suffers a puncture.
- You can keep control of the vehicle, and continue to drive safety for 80 km at a speed of 80 Km/hr, so you can get to the nearest First Stop dealer.
- Bridgestone DriveGuard tyres adhere firmly to wet surfaces, with short braking distances.