This is not a new Self Sealing Tyre from Kumho tyres?
This type of thing is not a new idea, Continental tyres recently brought out their own version of the self-sealing tyre, that they call the “Conti-Seal”. Pirelli tyres also do a similar thing that
they call the “Seal-Inside”. (It is what it says on the tin) as they say.
This type of self-sealing tyre development is an excellent idea for road safety and they all work on the same principal the inside of the tread area is coated with sealant layer. In the case of continental the sealant looks like thick black tar and when an object such as a screw or nail penetrates the tyre tread area then the hole is blocked by this substance and only loses a small amount of tyre pressure, enabling the driver to carry on their journey, sometimes not even knowing about the object stuck into their tyre.
In my opinion I think that this is a good idea and a step forward in the fight to better our road safety standard, sometimes if a normal tyre is penetrated there can be a sudden loss of air in the tyres and instant deflation causing the car to swerve and deviate off course and in the worse scenario causing a bad accident.
At the moment, Kumho is only using the self-sealing tyres in their own country, South Korea, but I guess it will not be long before the tyres are distributed across the Globe to compete with Continental and Pirelli. I would have thought that the extra weight of the sealant could have jeopardised the handling of the cars, but apparently they handle just as good as a normal tyre.
A Kumho spokesman said, “While the weight of a Self Sealing Tyre is about 10 percent higher than a normal tire, ride quality, braking performance, handling performance and noise levels are equivalent to normal tyres” so that answers my question?
I myself prefer this self-seal method to the “Continental Self Sealing Tyre”. It would also be of great advantage on caravans and trailers, but at the moment, I do not think that there are tyre sizes to fit this type of vehicle. I also feel that these new self- seal tyres should be used on the more new vehicle. Volkswagen was the first to use them, securing an exclusive one-year deal with Continental Tyres UK Ltd for an exclusive use of the product, but this has now finished its time limit and the Self Sealing Tyre will probably available to other car manufacturers.
Over the years the puncture problem has improved, I am old enough to remember when we fitted a tube into almost every puncture, but traffic was much lighter and we didn’t have many motorways. We still though repair many punctures a week and it makes me cringe at the way that car makers are trying their utmost to get away with having to fit spare wheels to cars.
We still get tyres presented to us that have sidewall damage,
But luckily for the driver, the car has had a spare wheel. I think that the small space saver wheels are a better compromise that no spare wheel at all because as I have said earlier, there are many cars that run over a sharp object and damage the sidewall and without a spare the driver is going to be stuck. A Continental Car Tyres Self Sealing Tyre would certainly get you home and a space saver would get you home but not a Self Sealing Tyre, the material would not plug a hole in the sidewall and the driver would be stranded.
My wife bought a Nissan Juke that did not have a spare so the first thing I did was to buy a spare alloy wheel and fit a tyre to match the others and we took it with us when we went on a long or important journey, just in case. See all about the new tyre in Kumho Tyre Reviews.
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