By Alex Kapadia
Bridgestone tyres have announced they have solved the ‘inferior ride comfort’ problem of existing run-flat tyres technology.
Comfort has always been one of the greatest criticisms of the run-flats compared with standard tyres – probably because they were originally engineered for armoured vehicles and intended to get presidents through war zones, rather than getting motorists home from work smoothly?
But compound ingredients have improved and Bridgestone have worked to develop improved riding comfort for its ‘third generation’ run flat-flat tyres.
The Japanese tyres manufacturer announced yesterday that it has successfully developed new technologies to give a more comfortable ride and they will start marketing the new tyres later this year.
Bridgestone will focus its attention on sales to original equipment manufacturers for fitment to new cars.
The beauty of run-flats is that unlike conventional tyres, if they get a puncture the tyres retain their basic shape and allow the driver to keep control of the vehicle and even continue driving it to a garage.
Bridgestone, who have always championed the run-flats, even suggest they eliminate the possibility of high speed blow outs, because they alert motorists to one of the main causes – running tyres on low pressure for a long period of time.