No matter where you're going, we make sure you get there. Cars fitted with RunOnFlat tyres will keep going for up to 80km after a puncture or blow out.
Over 70% of all drivers have had a flat tyre at one point or another. Over 25% of them felt incapable of changing the tyre themselves, and it's safe to say that the others didn't enjoy it much either. Moreover, sudden air loss during a blowout can be one of the most dangerous situations a driver can face.
Now, imagine a tyre that is highly resistant to fatigue and almost all forms of punctures. A tyre that you can keep driving in the event of air loss pressure; a tyre that can carry you home or to a service station safely at any time. That’s what Goodyear’s RunOnFlat tyre promises.
Safety and benefits
RunOnFlat heralds a new era of safer roads. No longer will drivers have to worry about being stranded or late because of a puncture — or even worse, having to deal with a potentially life threatening blowout. Changing tyres on the hard shoulder or in other dangerous situations will also be a thing of the past, as will waiting endlessly for the rescue service.
The RunOnFlat tyre will keep your car running for up to 80km with no air pressure after a puncture or blowout. Its reinforced sidewalls will support the weight of the car, even when all the air pressure is gone.
How it works
Goodyear's new RunOnFlat technology is based on the concept of reinforced sidewalls inside the tyre. When a standard tyre deflates, it simply collapses under the weight of the car, causing the beads to come off the rim and the sidewalls to be squashed onto the road. The pressure destroys the tyre within a few kilometres. The reinforced sidewalls in Goodyear's RunOnFlat tyres keep the tyre on the rim and can carry the weight of the car for up to 80km even after a puncture and complete air loss.
Tyre Pressure Monitoring System
Since your tyres will simply keep going even after they've suffered pressure loss, RunOnFlat technology requires the presence of an on-board Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) that informs you when your tyre requires servicing.
Flat tyre warning indicator
If the flat tyre warning appears on the TPMS, it is important to determine the cause as soon as possible. The driver should check the inflation pressure on all tyres. If any are below the vehicle's manual recommendation, inflation pressure should be corrected. If the flat tyre warning appears again, visit a tyre or car dealer to have the system inspected.
Due to the design of the tyre, the driver will probably not feel a major difference in the ride when the tyre is deflated. But under the low or zero inflation conditions as indicated by the TPMS, the driver should limit his speed to no more than 80km/h, and avoid hard cornering and severe handling manoeuvres.
RunOnFlat is not available in India yet, but arrangements are being made to bring it in. Like previous milestones in automotive history such as ABS and airbags, we believe that one day RunOnFlat will be fitted as a standard in all cars. It is currently available on certain makes of cars that have been specially fitted with TPMS and customised suspension.