Posted on May 18, 2013 in Automobiles
I need new tires, and wonder if I should invest in a set of run-flat tires for my SUV instead of a standard set.
Run-flat tires are a relative newcomer to the tire market with some manufacturers even installing them at the factory, BMW being one of the more notable ones. Run-flats can free up the space and weight taken up by a spare tire and jack and give you the peace of mind of knowing that you don’t have to change a flat… in the rain… on the side of a busy freeway… at night.
Like any product, run-flats have their drawbacks as well as their advantages. Before we get too far into both, let’s look at how run-flats actually work.
Run-flat tires are divided into three basic types of technology, each with their own pros and cons. In no particular order, they are:
Good things about run-flats:
Not so good things about run-flats:
Without knowing your exact situation, vehicle, driving habits, location, and so on, I can’t tell you “yes” or “no.” However, with the knowledge I’ve provided now you can make your own educated decision on whether run-flat tires are the right choice for you.
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