By Denna Bowman
Bridgestone is continuing to develop and expand its Run Flat tyres range in its bid to guarantee customer satisfaction.
The tyres manufacturer announced its Run Flat technology “is routinely refined, revisited and tested to ensure it offers drivers a comfortable and safe ride – even when a tyre has become flat.”
The line-up, recently expanded to include the first Firestone Run Flat Tyre, Firehawk SZ90μ, has been created to enable motorists to continue driving on a flat tyre for a distance of up to 50 miles at a speed of 50 mph.
Andy Dingley, communications manager at Bridgestone, UK said: “Bridgestone is committed to providing superior products and we’ll continually progress and improve our Run Flat Technology so it is always safe, cutting-edge and economical for our customers.”
Run Flat tyres still allow motorists to return home or travel to a maintenance garage safely, even if the tyre is losing pressure.
Each tyre has a harder sidewall rubber which enables it to support the vehicle’s weight and load at zero pressure.
To combat the tyre separating from the wheel when pressure is lost, it has a specially designed bead. This bead is filled with a unique rubber that acts as a filler to help control heat build-up created during run flat driving.
Current third generation Bridgestone Run Flat Tyres have been tested and reviewed by industry professionals who have agreed the tyres have excellent absorption over bumps which is useful for ensuring a more comfortable ride when travelling off road or on UK roads in disrepair.
Motoring journalists have praised the low noise of these tyres and their reduction in fuel consumption as users don’t have to carry a spare.
Reviews specifically noted that differences between a conventional tyre and Run Flat Tyres are undetectable – a tribute to Bridgestone’s commitment to high comfort and quality standards for their Run Flat Tyres.