It is never the right time to have a flat tire. The panic to pull over, the fear of getting stuck, and the frustration knowing that, now, you are likely going to be late; something that our busy lifestyle do not typically account for. These frustrations compound with the number of new vehicles that no longer come standard with a spare tire leaving the driver stranded on the side of the road.
Run-flat tires have been gaining popularity on higher end vehicles, for the peace of mind and customer convenience they offer when faced with a puncture.
The Bridgestone DriveGuard is a run-flat that focuses on extended mobility, as they are built to take a puncture and keep you moving. The reinforced sidewalls ensure mobility for up to 80kms at speeds up to 80kms/hr post puncture; while their unique all-season tread pattern provides ride comfort, confident wet traction, and responsive steering control. This means you can calmly continue until you reach a safe place to pull over or local OK Tire store.
Frequently asked questions about the Bridgestone DriveGuard:
Do I need anything special for my car to use DriveGuard tires?
The DriveGuard is the only run-flat /extended mobility tire designed for coupes, sedans, and wagons that were not originally equipped with run-flat tires; however, just like any other run-flat or extended mobility tire, DriveGuard tires do require working TMPS sensors. Without TPMS the driver would not be aware of a loss in air pressure and may continue to drive causing significant damage to the tire.
How will I know if I get a puncture? And what do I do?
In the event of a puncture, the TPMS light will illuminate of your dashboard. If this happens, you will need to:
- Reduce your speed as much as safely possible (do not exceed 80 kph)
- Avoid abrupt changes in speed (acceleration or a braking)
- Avoid potholes or other road hazards
- Drive as smoothly and carefully as possible
- Pay attention to any changes in vibration or vehicle handling
- Drive to your local OK Tire store
What if the car starts to vibrate or handling difficulty?
If you vehicle stats to vibrate or is difficult to handle, pull over as soon as possible, as the tire may be about to suddenly fail.
Can I drive more than 80 kms after a puncture?
No. 80 kilometres is the maximum distances that you should drive after a puncture on a Bridgestone DriveGuard tire given ideal conditions.
There are factors that could reduce the driving distance including vehicle speed, load, maneuvering, the amount of pressure lost, any additional damage to the tire and the outside temperature.
The higher the outside temperature or vehicle load will decrease the distance capability of a DriveGuard tire.