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The Pros and Cons of Run-Flat Tyres – Part 2

The cons of having run-flat tyres –

 

  • No spare: Vehicles equipped with run-flat tires carry no spare, which means they don’t have the jack or tools either. In fact, eliminating the spare and reallocating that space to some other purpose (styling, third-row seat, interior room, etc.) is a big reason why carmakers offer run-flats.
  • Reduced tread wear: Rcent studies have found that people were replacing their run-flat tires an average of 6,000 miles sooner than owners using standard tires. Opinions differ on why this is, but one theory is that tiremakers put a soft tread compound on a run-flat tire to counter the hard ride. A side effect of the softer compound is a shorter tread life.
  • Harsher ride: The stiff sidewalls that make a run-flat work also result in a harder ride. If the vehicle came with run-flat tires from the factory, the automaker usually tunes the suspension to offset the harsher ride.

 

The Pros and Cons of Run-Flat Tyres – Part 1

The Pros of having Run-Flat Tyres –

  • You can drive on a flat tire: The primary benefit of a run-flat tire is that it allows you to keep driving about 100 miles after all the air has gone. This means that a person doesn’t have to get out of the car in the cold, or the rain, or onto a busy highway or on the street in a sketchy part of town. Drivers will usually have to reduce speed to about 50 mph to get the maximum range. The owner’s manual will have exact figures for each tire/vehicle application.
  • Better stability after a blowout: Because this tire can support the vehicle without air, a sudden deflation results in less weight transfer and tread destabilization. Steering and handling will remain near normal.
  • Lower vehicle weight: With the spare and tire repair tools eliminated, vehicle weight should theoretically go down. But it’s not as much as you might expect, since run-flat tires weigh more than regular tires, due to the added sidewall reinforcement.

Van Tyre Safety

Vans and LCV’s are subject to the same tyre law as cars so they must have a minimum of 1.6mm of tread across the central three quarters of the tyre around its entire circumference. Tyres must also be well maintained in order to keep the vehicle stable as it travels around corners; to help it accelerate and brake effectively; and to work in harmony with the vehicle’s main suspension system to carry loads safely.

Basic checks such as making sure tyres are correctly inflated can make all the difference, as the pressurised air inside the tyre helps to support the weight of the vehicle and its load. Tyre tread depths are vital for ensuring vehicle safety and vans are particularly vulnerable as they can be heavier than normal cars, and often carry loads. The extra weight carried by a van also increases its stopping distance, making it even more important that tread depths meet safe and legal standards.

How to Handle a Tyre Blowout Whilst Driving

Luckily, a tyre blowout is a relatively infrequent occurrence. Car and tyre technologies are improving all the time, resulting in better safety and durability. However, if a tyre does burst while you’re driving, there are some safety steps which you can follow to ensure the damage is minimal.

  1. Don’t slam on the brakes. This will be your initial instinct, but it’s important that you don’t follow it because braking hard will make the vehicle swerve and you’re much more likely to lose control.
  2. Release the accelerator slowly. You don’t want to be making any sudden moves which might spin the car out of control. If you feel like the car is being dragged to one side, you can actually accelerate a little more initially to ‘drive through’ the force.
  3. Steer slowly and carefully. Don’t try to turn off the road suddenly – you can easily lose control doing this.
  4. Most importantly, stay as calm as possible. It’s a scary situation, but if you react with panic and try to do anything too quickly, the car is likely to veer off track. Look well ahead, think about where you ultimately want to direct the car to, and make your way there by letting the car slow down naturally and using steady steering.

Why Buy Tyres Online

Buying tyres is a significant decision, and here’s why you should seriously consider going online when you next need to change them.

Get the best deal

As with any kind of online shopping, buying tyres online means you get to explore far more options than you would have in the traditional offline stores. You are not as restricted by geography, and you will get to compare multiple tyres and variants to pick the ones that is best suited for your needs to ensure you get the best deal possible.

It’s convenient

With an online tyre purchase, you don’t need to step out of work early or cut into your weekend downtime to make multiple visits to the tyre fitter’s to choose your tyres. Online stores are open 24/7. Visit a tyre retailer website like Value Tyres whenever you have a few minutes to spare and make your selection. If you don’t have the time to do it all in one go, you can spend a few minutes over a few days to go back and review your shortlist, compare prices, book an appointment and you are done!