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Do you need runflat tires?
This week’s tire safety tip: Do you need runflat tires?
Well, the answer is really up to you. But below are facts that will help you decide.
Runflat tires are made with reinforced sidewall (note: very thick) to hold the tire and the car even without air. Without air, the tires can still travel at a distance of 80km with a speed not exceeding 80kph. As great as this sound, there are pros and cons to this statement.
1 Punctured tires while driving at high speed? No problem. You can drive without air, remember?
2 Stopping to change your tire during nighttime at less than savory places? Forget about it, just drive home or straight to a service shop.
3 Spare tire assembly weighs around 20kg. Having runflat tires will eliminate the need of spare tires. Less weight means less gas consumption and more trunk space.
1 Your car has to be equipped with tire pressure monitoring system. Because how would you know when they are out of air?
2 Thick sidewalls translate to a harsher ride.
3 Tire price is around double of the standard tire.
4 Repair of damaged runflat tires is not recommended. Once punctured, cut or used without air, it should be replaced.
Will you use runflat tires?