Friday 19 January 2018

Run-flat tyres save day for lovers

Bridgestone's RunFlat tyre
Bridgestone's RunFlat tyre

Martin Brennan

Are you one of the quarter of motorists who have had their romantic drive dashed by an unexpected puncture. The chances are up to 50 per cent that it occurred in an inconvenient location and there is a 23 per cent chance that it was after nightfall. Bye bye love, hello dirty hands.

With statistics suggesting that 72 per cent of women and 33 per cent of men won't, or can't, change their own tyre, Bridgestone has come up with a tyre that allows you to continue driving safely for 80km at up to 80km/h after a puncture.

The DriveGuard tyre is the first run-flat tyre that can be fitted to all cars on a wide range of rim sizes provided the vehicle is fitted with a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, which has been a legal requirement since 2014.

A thicker sidewall and a new compound mix prevents the tyre from overheating and if driven carefully, it can be repaired.

A test day at Mondello demonstrated how safe handling can be retained when a big nail has punctured a sidewall. Bridgestone claims drivers are less likely to lose control even with a blowout if they are driving on a DriveGuard tyre. There is a premium of about 10-15 per cent on the price over regular Bridgestone tyres.

Sunday Independent

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