Strengthened tyres that can temporarily keep going in the event of a puncture
At TyrePlus, we stock a wide range of tyre types - including run flat versions. To learn more about these models and how they work, keep reading.
Run flat tyres have been specially designed to continue working should you suffer a puncture or a significant loss of air pressure. The structure of these models means you’re able to drive your car to safety, whether you head home, go to a nearby garage or find a suitable place to wait for breakdown assistance. Many manufacturers now design their vehicles with run flats and as a result do not provide a spare wheel in the boot.
Compared to conventional style tyres, these models feature much thicker, more supportive reinforced sidewalls. The construction of these tyres means that they are able to maintain their strength and shape even if the air pressure within the tyre has reduced. So, if you have suffered a puncture while you’re out and about on the roads, you will still be able to drive on them for a short period of time before swapping them for new models.
In order for them to work effectively, run flats must be used in conjunction with a tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS). This technology advises the driver if one of their tyres suddenly drops in pressure by displaying a message on their dashboard.
While they are different to conventional tyres, you can expect run flats to wear at the same rate. This means you should look after your run flats as you would a ‘regular’ set of tyres. For example, you should check the tread depth regularly to ensure it is above the minimum legal limit of 1.6mm, and you should also get into the habit of measuring the air pressure. Carrying out simple checks like this can help you stay safe and prolong the life of your tyres.
Although it might be a tempting thought, if your car has been designed with conventional style tyres at the time of manufacturing, switching to run flat versions is not recommended. This is mainly because your car may not be fitted with a TPMS. Without a TPMS, you may not be aware of a problem with your tyres and continue to drive your vehicle as normal. This will put your wellbeing and safety at risk while you’re behind the wheel. When a loss of pressure is detected by a vehicle fitted with TPMS, a dashboard light will illuminate like the one shown below.
You should also avoid putting conventional tyres on your vehicle if it is set up for run flats. The majority of car manufacturers that fit run flat tyres do not provide a spare wheel or the tools to replace it. So, if you were to switch to conventional style tyres, you would not have the equipment you need to change your tyre yourself if you suffer a puncture or blow out.
If you’re not sure whether your car has run flats or not, you should speak to a professional mechanic.
When this type of tyre is punctured, it can be difficult to determine whether the construction of the tyre wall has been damaged. While it can be patched up, it may be that the internal construction of the tyre has been significantly weakened, meaning it is no longer deemed safe enough to use on the roads. As a result, it is recommended that you replace the tyre with a new model rather than get it repaired.
At TyrePlus, we’re experts at what we do, meaning we can help you find the perfect tyres for your car. We stock a wide range of high-quality run flat tyres at affordable prices to suit every budget.
Despite our low price tags, we never compromise on quality. Our collection includes models from a variety of leading tyre brands, such as Continental, Dunlop, Michelin and Goodyear. All of our products come with our Lifetime Mileage Guarantee too, covering your tyres from manufacturing defects.
To find the right run flats for your vehicle, start by simply entering your car registration number. Alternatively, you can search by tyre size if you know the dimensions you’re looking for. With this information, we’ll provide you with a list of suitable tyres for you to choose from.
Once you’ve selected your tyres, you can book an appointment to have them put on your car at one of our fitting locations. Our expert fitters will have your new tyres fitted quickly with no fuss, meaning you can get back out on the roads in no time.
If you aren’t able to visit us, don’t worry. We can come to you instead. With our mobile fitting service, we can fit your tyres at a location of your choosing, whether it’s your home, place of work or somewhere else.