A number of leading car manufacturers, have started to equip their vehicles with Run Flat or Mobility Tyres.
Self-supporting run flat tyre technology:
This revolutionary new tyre design allows the vehicle to continue moving despite a loss of pressure and is able to function even when there is little or no pressure.
These tyres offer the following benefits over the conventional tyre :
- Increased safety – in the event of sudden tyre deflation the vehicle remains controllable
- Less inconvenience & improved safety – no need to change the tyre & wheel assembly at the roadside
- Weight & Space saving – no spare wheel
It is essential when using run flat tyres that they are operated in conjunction with a tyre pressure monitoring system, to ensure the driver is informed when there is any loss of pressure.
Run flat tyres are designed to have a “get you home capability” and depending on the particular tyre brand, can be operated up to a distance of 100km, provided the maximum speed of the vehicle does not exceed 80km/hr. It is suggested you refer to the particular tyre manufacturer’s recommendations for their specific guidelines.
Tyres designed with this type of technology are Bridgestone RFT, Continental SSR, Dunlop DSST, Goodyear EMT, Michelin Pax System and Pirelli Eufori.