Could run flat tyres be for you?

Could run flat tyres be for you? 9th June 2014

Have you ever found yourself caught with a flat on the motorway or a busy A road? It is a stressful business to have to pull up at the side of a busy road and have to change a tyre or call out a breakdown service to have someone to do it for you.

To try to avoid this happening, it may be worth investing in either run flat tyres or extra load tyres. At ATS Euromaster, we will likely be able to sell these in the right size for your car. Before that, though, you will want to know what these are, how they can help you and if you need anything to have them fitted.

Run flat tyres are designed so that they are still usable even if there is no air pressure in the tyres, making them an excellent safeguard in the event of a puncture. With these equipped, you would still be able to drive your car for approximately 50 miles despite having a flat tyre. This should give you time to get your car home or to a garage so that you can change your tyres.

The reason that the tyres are able to do this is because they have reinforced sidewalls so that they can maintain their shape even if they have lost air pressure. This is unlike typical car tyres where the shape is made up by the air pressure.

Extra load tyres also come with reinforced sidewalls, which can help to reduce the chances of losing air pressure while carrying more weight in your vehicle. These are great if you are driving a commercial vehicle, an estate car with a heavy diesel engine or need to transport a lot of goods or luggage. Having these tyres in place will reduce your chances of getting a flat tyre to begin with.

Before getting these tyres fitted to your vehicle, make sure you have all the knowledge you need about what to look out for and what safety features should come with them.

For example, you need to look out for the XL marking on your tyre sidewalls if you are wanting to get extra load tyres as these will indicate whether or not these are what you are hoping for.

If you are buying run flat tyres, you ought to invest in a tyre pressure monitoring system for your car so that you can keep safe while on the road. This is a key safety feature for cars with run flat tyres as it will let you know if you have suffered a puncture, which you may not notice as you would with regular tyres as the structure of run flat tyres means that they will not feel any different. With the system, however, this will make a light come on on your console to inform you that one of your tyres has lost air pressure and you need to get to a place where you can get your tyre changed.

Posted by Danielle Barge