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Run Flat Tyres

Run flat tyres are increasingly being used by manufacturers on their new vehicles in a bid to boost safety for motorists. At ATS Euromaster, we stock a wide range of run flat tyres at competitive prices from brands such as Pirelli, Continental & Bridgestone.

Our run flat tyre range is available to buy online and can be fitted at a date and time a that suits you across our network of over 260 centres. Simply search for your tyres and book an appointment online at a centre near you.

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What are Run Flat tyres?

Run flat tyres are designed with a reinforced sidewall which helps prevent the tyre from disintegrating when punctured. This means you can travel to a safe place to change your tyre as necessary. If you suffer from a puncture, your TPMS system will alert you. If you do get a puncture, you are still able to continue driving at a reduced speed with run flat tyres – this is all thanks to the reinforced sidewall. The function of these tyres is to improve the driver’s road safety and experience on the road.

How do I know if my vehicle has Run Flat tyres?

The easiest way to check is by looking at the sidewall. Some tyres will have the words ‘Run Flat’ or ‘Run on Flat’ written on them, while others will have a code which denotes whether or not they are run flat tyres.

The code used to identify these tyres varies between manufacturers, but here are some examples:
Michelin: ZP 
Pirelli: RSC
Continental: SSR
Yokohama: ZPS

How far can I drive on a Run Flat tyres?

Do not drive more than 50 miles on a run flat tyre that has had a puncture. It's very important that you get the tyre changed as soon as you can. It's recommended you do not travel at more than 50mph.

If you drive more than the 50 miles you risk damaging the wheel of your vehicle, which will cost you a great deal more to repair than the cost of a new tyre.

Can you repair Run Flat tyres?

The majority of manufacturers advise against repairing run flat tyres, as the integrity of the tyre may have been compromised if driven on. Run flat tyres can be purchased online from ATS Euromaster and fitted at one of our service centres around the UK. 

Can I Switch Between Conventional and Run Flat Tyres?

It is possible to fit run flat tyres if your vehicle currently has conventional tyres fitted to it. You will need a TPMS system in order to do this, and you may need some alterations to your suspension as run flat tyres are more rigid.

If you already have run flat tyres fitted to your vehicle and would like to change to conventional tyres, this is possible; however, it is generally advisable to replace like-for-like. If you do choose to change from run flat tyres to conventional ones, be aware that you will not have a spare tyre for your vehicle if it was originally fitted with run flats. 

Can I Mix and Match Run Flat Tyres with ‘Normal’ Tyres?

As with all tyres, it is recommended that you don’t mix and match as different tyres have different characteristics that can affect handling. If you want to switch from conventional tyres to run flats, or vice versa, it is recommended that you replace all 4 tyres at the same time.

What is TPMS?

The TPMS (Tyre Pressure Monitoring System) is a safety feature fitted to the wheels of many modern cars. TPMS uses sensors to detect gradual or sudden changes in tyre pressure and will alert the driver if there is a problem.

As run flat tyres are designed to retain rigidity when punctured, it is essential that they are only fitted to vehicles with TPMS. Without this system, you may not be aware of a potentially dangerous reduction in tyre pressure as a result of a puncture.The TPMS (Tyre Pressure Monitoring System) is a safety feature fitted to the wheels of many modern cars. TPMS uses sensors to detect gradual or sudden changes in tyre pressure and will alert the driver if there is a problem.

As run flat tyres are designed to retain rigidity when punctured, it is essential that they are only fitted to vehicles with TPMS. Without this system, you may not be aware of a potentially dangerous reduction in tyre pressure as a result of a puncture.

Find out more about TPMS here.