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Runflat Tyres Safer

Runflat Tyres Safer-Are now a Major Car Safety Feature-by Bridgestone Tyres

Runflat Tyres Safer

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So, Bridgestone tyres first started to develop the concept of the runflat tyre. Of course, in Japan as part of type of aid to disabled people. The tyre that was used was a 175/70×13 that had a strengthened side wall. Consequently, this was  fitted on to the Honda Civic. As a result, this was done in the “International Year Of The Disabled”.

Runflat Tyres Safer
Bridgestone tyres run flat

 

Later this side wall protection technology was used on the Porsche 959. Bridgestone called the new tyre the Potenza RE71.

This new development proved a success. So,in the 1990s Bridgestone  developed the TPMS,”Tyre Pressure Monitoring System” . This was to enable the driver to know when a tyre had lost pressure.Henceforth, a light on the dash would be light up when the tyre pressure dropped. Subsequently, warning the driver if a tyre went flat. In my opinion this made the Runflat Tyres Safer. Of course, this system was to become very popular as a safety feature. So,and was fitted to many of the German made cars such as BMW.

Runflat Tyres are Safer allowing the driver to carry on driving the car with a flat tyre.

There are restrictions though. Specifically, the car must be driven at 50 mph for a maximum distance of 50 miles. This enables the driver to drive the car to a safe stopping place. Explicitly, without the car swerving or deviating off course. Those cars that are fitted with this Runflat Tyres Safer system. Therefore, do not carry a jack or spare wheel !

In my opinion this lets the system down. Some car makers will tell us that this makes the car lighter. Therefore more fuel efficient and so greener. In my opinion I feel that in general it is a good idea and makes the vehicles much safer. Significantly, if the car has a rapid loss of air (blowout). Say on a busy motorway. Of course with runflats the car will not deviate. Keeping it in a straight line,making driving with Runflat Tyres much Safer.

The odds of this happening though are not as high as the motorist having what I call a “normal puncture”,

this is where the grey area is and this is what Bridgestone  say…

With certain types of punctures in the tread area, the Bridgestone Run-Flat technology tyres may be repaired subject to certain conditions (Depending on how far and at what speed the car was driven after the puncture). Please consult your nearest RFT authorized dealer to have yours inspected.
Before attempting a repair, consult the vehicle owner’s manual for restrictions. The vehicle manufacturer may restrict the use of repaired tires on its vehicles”… 

In my opinion we would repair a runflat tyre only if the customer says that he has had a slight loss of pressure and we can find an object such as a screw or nail within the legal area of a normal tyre puncture for example ¾ of the tread width from the centre of the tread outwards and the tyre had not run whilst in a totally deflated state, we would have to take the drivers word for this,so we always take caution and inspect the tyre for any signs of running under inflated, such as

Runflat Tyres Safer
How a runflat tyre works

carbon dust or creasing and cracking on the inside of the casing. If we are not sure we would always fit a new tyre.

Eric Roberts… https://www.pellonautocentre.com/runflat_tyres.htm

Can I replace run flat tyres with normal tyres ?

In my opinion the answer is NO , but the following text from  Bridgestones  website does open a slight gap…

Bridgestone EU do not recommend mixing tyres with Run-Flat Technology and standard tyres on the same vehicle, even if paired in axle sets. If you have a puncture, tyres with Run-Flat Technology are designed to permit you to proceed to a tyre dealer where you can have the tyre checked and replaced if necessary with another tyre with Run Flat Tyres Technology. In exceptional and emergency circumstances a conventional tyre of the same size can be fitted. It must be noted that standard tyres do not have Runflat Tyres Safer characteristics and should be removed at the earliest opportunity”http://www.runflat.eu/english/qa/

In my opinion they should say that the two different types of tyres should not be mixed, but they say that you can mix them in an emergency, could the fact that the car owner just cant afford them be classed as an emergency.

Ring your insurance company is the advice that I give to all you 2nd and 3rd hand BMW Mini owners when you fall on the floor at the cost of replacing runflat tyres.

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. Selling Cheap Runflat Tyres online from our website www.pellontyres.co.uk . Of curse,by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. Offering courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work. Naturally, and leave their car with us for work doing. Official MOT testing station.

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New Bridgestone A001-Weather Control tyres for a safer all year round driving experience.

New Bridgestone A001

This tyre the New Bridgestone A001 developed for certain European countries

Of course, Bridgestone tyres are the largest tyre company in the World. So, who are always developing new tyre products. Consequently, to suit different weather conditions on our roads. The new tyre the A001 is no exception. This new Bridgestone tyres has been developed for countries that have very wet winter (and summer) climates. Naturally, with the addition of very cold and snowy spells.

This of coarse includes us here in the UK. Including, other European countries consisting of France ,Ireland,Belgium and perhaps Denmark. Subsequently, in my opinion. The new New Bridgestone A001 tyre is really in the class of an all weather tyre. Possibly should be left on the car the all year round. Especially in a very wet summer that we are definitely experiencing in more recent years.

New Bridgestone A001

New Bridgestone A001 tyre

 

The new tyre achieves this ability to get rid of high water volumes. Including, a large amount of sipes on the tyres edges. As a result, this has also found to be an advantage when facing ice and snowy conditions. Of course, during the hardest winter months.

Bridgestone tyre have also added their expertise in tyre compounds, probably emanated from their days in F1 racing and added “silica” to the tyres compound, this gives the new ones the ability to stay more flexible when the temperature drops bellow the dreaded 7 degree, this is the temperature where summers  start to loose their grip by becoming harder and not allowing the tread to grip.

The new Bridgestone A001 is available in most popular sizes

And is marked as an M+S to cope with all winter conditions and as I say earlier will be best kept tyres on the car as an all-weather tyre not having to change from summer to winter tyres.

Eric Roberts

Suspension Arm BoltsFor further reading…

Bridgestone has recently launched its A001 ‘all weather tyre’ in the UK. The tyre is designed to cope with the more challenging winter driving conditions whilst at the same time maintaining high performance in the summer months and is available at 400 selected stockists across the UK. Honest John checked with Bridgestone that sufficient stocks are available to meed the current surge in demand”… http://www.honestjohn.co.uk/news/parts-and-accessories/2010-11/winter-tyres/

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell Cheap Bridgestone Tyres online from our website www.pellontyres.co.uk.

Bridgestone First-With AA Rated Tyre-Followed by Pirelli Tyres

Bridgestone First

Bridgestone First tyres and Michelin AA Ratings

This is a great achievement.Hence, in the race to become the first AA rated tyre. In the new European tyre ratings system.Thus, to give more information to consumers.For the reason, regarding the performance ratings of each individual tyres that are made. The new Bridgestone tyres are produced in Japan. So, were the first to receive a Bridgestone First on Japans coveted rating of AAA .Therefore, and will be released in Europe at the beginning of October.Bridgestone First

The first Bridgestone First to be made was the 195/65R15 H rated tyre. The new rating is for grip on wet roads.Hence, for the road noise or lack of it. This is measured in decibels.Thus, to show how quite the tyre is on all types of road surface. The new tyres are also very light in weight.So, will compliment the new EV cars that are now on the market. Bridgestone First tyres have made the new tyre lighter.Thus, to help reduce the weight of these new EV cars. Naturally for greener performance and lower emissions. This is in line with all the major tyre companies.Hence, to make tyre more lighter and also give them much better rolling resistance.Therefore reduce emissions.

Bridgestone First tyres will start to label all the tyres. That they produce from this July(the official date is October) but Bridgestone will be ahead of this target. More information about the new tyre labelling scheme. Therefore, can be seen on the following link.  https://www.pellonautocentre.com/?p=2148 .

One of Bridgestones senior executives a Mr Frank Annunziato said” We are extremely proud of that fact that Bridgestone Car Tyres became one of the first companies which have declared release on the European market of tyres with the rating“ AA ”.

Bridgestone First tyres are followed by Pirelli, Kumho and Hankook tyres with AA ratings

Other new tyres that will be coming to the market place. These are Pirelli tyres with the new “Cinturato P7 Blue” this tyre also has a AA rating. Released, in the spring of next year (2013) they will be followed by my other favorite  tyre manufacturers Kumho tyres and Hankook tyres of Korea.

Michelin have also established a AA rating on some of their products which I will cover on another article. Lastly, please click the links bellow for more information about this product.

http://tire-ratings.findthebest.com/d/dir/Bridgestone   http://www.bridgestonenewsroom.eu/stories/6763   http://www.1010tires.com/Tires/Reviews/Bridgestone

Eric Roberts