Driving On Run Flat Tyres
At some time in your driving life, it is likely that you will experience a flat tyre. The inconvenience and potential safety issues arising from a roadside flat are significant.
When your vehicle is fitted with run flat tyres, such as the Continental Self Supporting Runflat (SSR), you could avoid ever having to deal with changing a tyre by the side of the road, which can be both inconvenient and dangerous. Even though having the knowledge and confidence to change a tyre is an important skill, the benefits of SSR tyres can be significant.
The design of Continental’s SSR Tyres is different to that of a standard radial tyre. In the event of a puncture, an SSR tyre can keep your vehicle mobile under normal highway conditions for up to 80 kilometers, at up to 80 kilometres per hour - even if the tyre is deflated. This means you can drive on a punctured tyre to a suitable destination to safely replace the damaged tyre. Changing a tyre on the side of a busy highway, for example, presents many safety risks that can be avoided when driving on SSR tyres.
When a conventional tyre without Continental SSR technology experiences a puncture:
- Significant damage will occur as a combined result of the rim pressing on the collapsed sidewalls and the weight of the vehicle, which the punctured tyre can no longer support.
- It requires immediate replacement. If driven on in a deflated state for any period of time, the tyre can debead or disintegrate, damaging rims and potentially causing loss of vehicle control.
When a Continental Self Supporting Runflat Tyre experiences a puncture:
- The sturdy, reinforced sidewalls help to support your vehicle’s weight, meaning that there’s limited deflection of the tyre.
- Your vehicle can continue to move safely (despite the loss of tyre pressure).
- You won’t need to stop where you are to immediately replace it, and can find a safe location to do so.
When considering Continental’s Self Supporting Runflat Tyres, or if your vehicle is currently fitted with them, you should be aware of the following:
- Continental SSR tyres are so effective, there may be instances where you are unaware that your tyres have become deflated. For this reason, SSR tyres should be used in conjunction with a fully functioning tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS). A TPMS will alert you when there is a significant loss in tyre pressure.
- Continental SSR tyres are technologically advanced products. They must be mounted by a certified Continental trained tyre specialist.
- You should not mix SSR tyres with conventional tyres on your vehicle. Vehicle dynamics is likely to be adversely affected.
- Continental SSR tyres may only be fitted on vehicles and rims that the vehicle manufacturer has originally approved for SSR tyre use.
The use of SSR tyres can also save you both space and weight. As vehicle manufacturers seek improved looks and handling, the size and weight of tyres and wheels has increased. When your vehicle is fitted with Continental’s SSR tyres there’s no need to carry a spare tyre, which saves both space and weight.
As outlined, Continental’s Self Supporting Runflat Tyres offer many advantages. The safety of both the driver and passengers is enhanced, as the stability of your car when a tyre loses air is greatly improved. SSR tyres can continue running despite a loss in air pressure due to their complex construction. The tread pattern used for the tread of an SSR tyre is the same as that of a conventional tyre. The main difference between Continental’s SSR Tyres and a standard radial tyre is primarily in the construction of the sidewall. The sidewall of a Continental SSR tyre is sturdy and reinforced, which works to support the weight of your vehicle should a tyre become punctured. Generally, you can drive your vehicle safely to a service centre, at a reduced speed of no more than 80 km/h to change the tyre at a safer location.
To learn more about Continental’s Self Supporting Runflat Tyres, or to discuss if these are a suitable option for your vehicle, contact the friendly and knowledgeable staff at your nearest BestDrive.
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