Does it make sense to buy so-called run-flat tires? Ask one of the Wichita tire pros at Tracy’s Automotive what’s best for you and your car.
It doesn’t matter if you’re headed to work or on a road trip – even a short one to Hutchinson to the Cosmosphere – you want your car to start and to continue running at least until you get where you’re going. You also don’t want to have to cope with a flat tire.
Unfortunately, flat tires are pretty common. It would be the unusually lucky driver who doesn’t encounter one at some point in their driving life. But avoiding flat tires is the goal behind a lot of tire research and development these days. That R and D has resulted in several innovations, like the “run-flat” tire.
“Run-flat tires are designed in such a way that you can continue to drive even after your tire sustains a puncture. The difference from normal tires is that continuing to drive on a normal tire after it’s gone flat can do a great deal of damage to your car,” motorbiscuit.com explains. “It’s also impossible to stay at proper speeds after you’ve punctured a normal tire. Driving on a damaged run-flat tire doesn’t require that you slow way down and drive for miles on the road’s shoulder. Not to mention, you don’t have to worry that you’re ruining your wheel and axel. You’ll be able to continue to drive until you reach a place where you can safely change the damaged tire with a good one.”
Run flats achieve this by having a thicker wall that can support the car should the air escape. And they’re not good for long distances – about 50 miles at 50 mph, which is generally enough to get you to a tire service center for help.
But run flats aren’t perfect. Motorbiscuit.com lists some pros and cons.
Among the pros:
- The ability to get yourself to a safe place where you can change your tire
- In the event of a blowout, you won’t lose complete control of your vehicle
Among the cons:
- The tires lose tread and need to be replaced more frequently than standard tires, this significantly increases the overall cost of owning your vehicle
- It’s difficult to eyeball the tire and decide if it has enough air pressure
- The car doesn’t ride quite as smoothly as it does on standard tires
- Run-flat tires are more expensive
Don’t know what’s best for you and your car? Consult the Wichita tire specialists at Tracy’s Automotive. Tracy’s tire technicians can help you choose the best tire for you, your car and your driving style and needs.
While you’re at Tracy’s Automotive, check into our specials, like free road hazard protection on a set of four tires.
While you’re at Tracy’s Automotive, be sure to sign up for our giveaway of a $150 gift card and a Weber Spirit II E-210 gas grill. The Weber Spirit II E-210 is a two-burner grill that’s built to fit small spaces, and packed with features such as the powerful GS4 grilling system, iGrill capability, and convenient side tables for placing serving trays.
Once you fall in love with the Spirit II E-210, fill out a form. We’ll be giving away one $150 gift card and one grill at each of our locations on Nov. 20. You must enter at one of our service centers. Stay tuned for more details or ask one of the auto pros when you visit one of our service centers.
Tracy’s Automotive is here to help you. If you don’t have time or feel you can take your car to the shop, Tracy’s Automotive will pick it up at your home or work. Then, after your car is serviced or repaired, Tracy’s Automotive will bring it back to you thoroughly cleaned.
Tracy’s passion for a better tire buying, auto care and auto repair experience drove us to develop the model of Tracy’s Automotive Tire Pros. Tracy’s has turned hard work and inspiration into a booming tire and auto repair provider. Now Tracy’s has three locations and serves customers all over Wichita and Goddard. Tracy’s is thrilled to be a part of your family’s trusted brands for all auto repair and tire needs.
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