KEEPING IT SAFE: Bridgestone has launched DriveGuard in South Africa, a new range of run-flat tyres from 15-18" sizes. Image: Supplied
JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng - Run-flat tyres are now available for mass-market cars. That's the word from Bridgestone which has launched DriveGuard, a range of run-flat tyres for vehicles that don't have them as original equipment.
Hiroshi Nakanishi, a Bridgestone manager, said: “DriveGuard allows drivers of such cars to enjoy all the benefits of run-flats. If a DriveGuard tyre is punctured the driver can continue the journey at reduced speed until reaching a safe place to change the wheel."
DriveGuard is built on the technology of Bridgestone's existing RFT run-flat tyres. If a DriveGuard tyre is punctured, a maximum speed of 80km/h can be maintained for 80km.
Nakanishi added: “The ability to keep driving after a puncture is extremely important for family cars - rather than changing a wheel at the roadside the family can get safely home from a potentially dangerous situation or keep going at reduced speed until they reach a safer location.
"This is a great benefit if the puncture occurs during a rainstorm or in heavy traffic where a roadside stop might be dangerous.”
Bridgestone says the tyres' construction also delivers a more comfortable ride than conventional tyres. DriveGuard is available in a range of sizes to fit wheels from 15" to 18" diameter.