What is a Run Flat Tire?

A run-flat tire is designed to resist the effects of deflation when punctured, and to enable the vehicle to continue to be driven at reduced speeds of up to 55 mph and 50 to 100 miles without pressure. These tires contain an extra lining within the tire that self-seals in the event of a small hole due to a nail or screw. In this way, the loss of air is prevented from the outset such that the tire is either permanently self-repairing or at least loses air very slowly. Many customers look at replacing run-flats because of the higher cost of tires, limited options and harsher ride quality. Due to extra reinforcement in tire side walls, run-flat tires usually give firmer rides compared to conventional tires. However, the comfort of knowing you won’t be stranded on the side of the road with run-flat tires brings many drivers peace of mind. If your vehicle came with Original Equipment of run flats than its best to stay using run flats. BMW is the largest fitter of run-flats as original equipment. Here are a few examples of markings on the side of the tire that will indicate if you are using a run flat tire: Bridgestone and Firestone use RFT, Continental uses SSR (pictured below), Goodyear uses EMT or RunOnFlat and Michelin uses ZP (Zero Pressure).
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