Interested in run flat tires? You’ve come to the right blog.
For the uninitiated, some tires come with run flat technology, a tire construction style designed to improve passenger and vehicle safety when encountering a road hazard that would normally cause your tire to lose air while you’re driving. Similar to driving on a “donut” spare tire, a triggered run flat provides a temporary solution that allows you to drive your vehicle at reduced speeds to your auto service provider, where you can have the tire repaired or replaced.
Sounds good, but my donut does that. What’s better about run flats?
When you get a puncture and you’re using run flats, you won’t have to figure out where the spare tire is stored, how to use the jack on the shoulder with traffic speeding past, or how to avoid the rain/snow/drizzle/sleet/insert-unpleasant-weather-condition-of-your-choice-here while you’re doing it.
Run flats also have another advantage: since you have four of them on your car, you can keep driving if you happen to experience a flat on more than one tire at a time.
Now, there are many brands and many types of run flat tires. For this guide, we will provide you with a review of some popular run flat tires from Bridgestone, Michelin and Pirelli.
Popular Bridgestone Run Flat tires
For vehicles with TPMS that didn’t come equipped with run flat tires as OEM, the Bridgestone DriveGuard is a great option. It performs well in wet and dry conditions, as well as moderate snowy conditions. The silica enhanced tread holds up well, and the tire delivers a comfortable and quiet ride while improving fuel efficiency . The asymmetric tread helps with cornering and reducing the risk of hydroplaning. Twin steel belts and a rayon cord casing provide inner strength, especially in the sidewalls. Then, of course, there is the added assurance of run flat performance, to help keep you going in case of total air loss while you’re driving.
Potenza RE960AS Pole Position RFT
The Potenza RE960AS Pole Position RFTis designed to give maximum support in case of complete air loss in the tire while also delivering all-season capabilities and performance to match conventional tires. Tread grooves move water through and away from the tire to help reduce the risk of hydroplaning. The block itself grips the road, enhancing traction in wet and moderately snowy conditions . And, when the tire goes flat, you can run flat, up to fifty miles’ distance and up to 50 MPH, enabling you to safely drive to a nearby auto repair shop for a replacement tire.
Popular Michelin Run Flat Tires
Pilot Sport A/S 3+ ZP
The Pilot Sport A/S 3+ ZP is an Ultra High Performance All-Season tire. This tire is also a run flat tire, the “ZP” standing for zero pressure. As a high-performance tire, it performs excellently in wet and dry conditions and provides a high level of comfort. Compared to thePilot Sport A/S 3, this tire has 28 percent better snow traction.The tread is designed to quiet road noise while also increasing steering response and resisting hydroplaning.
Primacy MXM4 ZP
The Primacy MXM4 ZPGrand Touring All-Season tire is also a run flat that keeps you moving up to 50 MPH and for fifty miles after a loss of tire pressure. Meanwhile, when tire pressure is good and normal, this tire provides able handling and durability at highway speeds. It delivers on the ride. Traction is great in all conditions and even good in light snow, given the numerous biting edges designed to improve traction. The tread compound has sunflower oil added which helps provide increased traction in winter months, as well as better overall performance and enhanced braking and handling in wet conditions.
Popular Pirelli Run Flat Tires
Cinturato P7 Run Flat
Built with eco-friendly methods, the Cinturato P7 Run Flat is an environmentally-conscious tire that improves gas mileage. An asymmetric tread design, molded from technologically advanced polymers, promotes even wear, while continuous ribs around the edge enhance lateral grip. Channels help keep water away from the tire in wet conditions and help reduce the chance of hydroplaning. Twin steel belts reinforced by nylon cap plies enhance strength and durability.
Scorpion Verde All Season
The Scorpion Verde All Season is Pirelli’s eco-friendly, Crossover/SUV Touring All Season run flat tire. Take comfort in Pirelli’s run flat technology, which takes over and supports your tire and keeps you running so you don’t have to worry about changing a tire in poor weather or traffic conditions. The eco-conscious construction helps to increase fuel economy and reduce emissions and noise without sacrificing handling, stability or comfort as you drive. The silica tread compound promotes road grip in dry, wet and light snow conditions. The four wide grooves help displace water and reduce the hazards of hydroplaning. Inside, twin steel belts and polyester cord body provide strength and durability.
While still largely a premium item, run flat tires are becoming more common as technology improves.
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