What are run flat tyres?

Do you have run flat tyres on your car? If you aren’t sure, then it is simple to check.  Opening the boot of your car and lift up the floor cover. If you see a spare tyre or a foam filler tyre repair kit, your car is not fitted with run flat tyres. If you see neither, then your car should probably be fitted with run flat tyres.

Run Flat Tyres

Run flats tyres have reinforced sidewalls that mean you can continue driving on them after a puncture, albeit at a limited speed and for a limited time: up to 50 mph for up to 50 miles.

There are three advantages to run flat tyres:

1- They help keep your car under control if you have a puncture;
2- You don’t need to change your wheel at the roadside;
3- More space in the boot and less overall weight means improved fuel efficiency.

Run flats look the same as regular tyres, but cars are often fitted with them by vehicle manufacturers such as Mini, BMW, Mercedes and more – so you may be driving a car with run flats without knowing it.

How do run flat tyres work?

Run flats have a reinforced sidewall construction that supports your car even if they are punctured. Run flats have to be used with a TPMS (Tyre Pressure Monitoring System). Without the alert the TPMS provides, you would not know if you had a puncture.

If you do get a puncture, never ignore the 50-mile range limit. It’s vital to get your tyre changed as soon as possible, or you may damage the wheel –which is a lot more expensive to replace than the tyre!

Can I change my run flat tyres to ordinary tyres?

No, this is not a good idea. If your run flats came fitted to the car when it left the factory, the car’s designers may not have left a space for a spare tyre so you would be breaking the law.

For more information about run flat tyres why not give Car Clinic MOT Centre Ellesmere Port a call today? We offer a  for a free no obligation Ellesmere Port car repairs quote and you can book your Ellesmere Port car servicing appointment for your vehicle at the same time as replacing your Tyres Ellesmere Port.