Runflat Tyres

What are runflat tyres?

Runflat tyres are a somewhat controversial issue since they are on the market. Not only a few people have the feeling that they are not quite what they promise. Most people see the advantage of Runflat tyres in the fact that you do not have to worry about how to mount a spare wheel, because with these tyres you can continue even with a tyre puncture. However, they also have disadvantages. Runflat tyres, for example, can not be repaired. For many people, however, the advantages of the Runflat tyres are significantly greater than the disadvantages.

Run-flat tyres are designed in a way that the tyre bead remains fixed to the rim even under pressure loss. This means that there is no risk of the tyre leaping and the wheel being damaged. The tyre can be maintained for a while after the puncture - it stays in shape. The tyres have reinforced side walls so they can work even when they are perforated. However, these can also obscure damages which are in the interior of the tyre. If a puncture occurs, the walls are exposed to a very high load. Repair is therefore impossible.

What are the advantages of runflat tyres?

You do not have to carry a spare wheel. That means you have more space in the trunk and the car is lighter overall. This reduces the load on the brakes and makes the car even more economical. One does not have to change the tyre in the case of a puncture at the roadside. Also, you do not have to wait in the dark for the recovery service. With a run-flat tyre you can go even further than with a spare wheel, most of them are designed by the manufacturers to 150 miles and 50 mph. This means you can reach your destination even if the tyre has a hole. Therefore, Runflat tyres are significantly more comfortable for people who are in a hurry.

You do not have to carry a spare wheel. That means you have more space in the trunk and the car is lighter overall. This reduces the load on the brakes and makes the car even more economical. One does not have to change the tyre in the case of a puncture at the roadside. Also, you do not have to wait in the dark for the recovery service. With a run-flat tyre you can go even further than with a spare wheel, most of them are designed by the manufacturers to 150 miles and 50 mph. This means you can reach your destination even if the tyre has a hole. Therefore, Runflat tyres are significantly more comfortable for people who are in a hurry.

Are there disadvantages with Runflat tyres?

Runflat tyres are more expensive than normal tyres. If you get a puncture, they can not be repaired. Although you can still drive up to 150 miles after a puncture, you have to go to a workshop to change it. And the change costs more than a normal tyre repair or replacement. Runflat tyres can also not be fitted automatically to every vehicle as a special sensor has to be fitted in the car to be able to indicate a puncture - otherwise you would keep driving as normal without even knowing you've got a puncture...

There are also reports that driving with Runflat tyres is less comfortable than driving a normal tyre. But the differences are only minor. So if you want to make sure that the ride is not interrupted when the tyre has a puncture, Runflat tyres are a good choice. You can be completely reassured, because you do not have to change a spare tyre on the roadside. In addition, you have the luxury of not having to wait for the recovery service when it is cold and dark. Whether you opt for or against Runflat tyres is your personal decision.

We at Wythall Tyres and Exhausts are always able to cater for all your tyre needs. On our website you will find a large selection of Runflat tyres in nearly every size.