What are Run Flat Tires?

April 13th, 2018 by

There’s never a good time to have a flat tire, but if you’ve gotten stuck while on your way to work or trying to make an appointment on time, you know how frustrating it can be. If you’re fed up with the unexpected headaches or want to have a plan in case something happens at night or in an unsafe area, run-flat tires may be the right option for you.
Run-flat tires are just exactly what they sound like—these tires allow a driver to continue driving for up to 50 miles at a maximum speed of 50 miles per hour after their tire goes flat.  That’s enough time for you to get home, or to get to a well-lit service area to receive assistance. These tires also provide extra stability in what would normally cause a blowout.
With a run flat tire, the entire system within the car’s tires is self-supporting.  The tire is made with reinforced sidewall construction that provides support to the vehicle when it suffers air loss.  Run-flat tires are built so that if the driver suffers a blowout, the tire will still have ample support and control. Even with no air in the tire, the driver can safely pull over without losing control on the road or can likely make it far enough to reach a service station. Any driver who has a blowout will appreciate this control, but especially if you’re a parent of a younger driver, this extra control can provide peace of mind.
To clarify, run-flat tires allow a driver time to make it to a safe place to change a tire.  The driver will still have to ensure their tire gets fixed, but they have more time to drive on the tire without needing to change it in the rain, ice, wind, or on a busy freeway. You won’t have to worry about changing the tire in extreme conditions, in the kind of weather or traffic that could make a jack slip and cause injury.  The tire remains supportive for 50 miles at 50 miles an hour.  That should be plenty of time to get off of busy roads, to get home, or to make it to a service station.
Run-flat tires are recognized for being so safe that luxury brands are even including them as standard on some models.  It probably won’t be long before we see more cars taking advantage of this new safety technology.
At Safford of Warrenton, we can help you get the peace of mind by installing run-flat tires. Let us help make your vehicle safer today!
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