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Run Flat Technology

Tuesday, 15 March 2016 3:05:03 PM Australia/Sydney

Back in the time when a vehicle's performance was measured by engine power, average, comfort; tyres were ignored. However, now tyres are known to enhance a vehicle's capability in terms of fuel efficiency and most importantly safety.

 

Given the modern need to reduce our carbon footprint, technological advances in tyres have come a long way. In order to reduce weight and hence save fuel, one advancement was to do away with the spare tyre completely. So what do you do if you get a flat tyre?

 

Say hello to “Run Flat tyre technology". It allows the tyre to function even in a punctured state. The tyres, which are integrated with this technology allow you to keep driving with low or no tyre pressure at a maximum speed of 80 km/h, for up to 80 km, on standard road conditions. In addition to being a weight saving idea, it is also considered to be safe by many drivers as they do not have to change their deflated tyres at the side of a busy road.

 

Run Flat technology works differently in different car tyres but the basics are same, this tyre is supported by an inner sidewall construction which ensures safe driving without losing the control of vehicle in the event of tyre failure.

 

The Flip Side

However, this ground breaking technology comes with a downside too. It is hard for drivers to recognise a punctured tyre since this technology allows cars to continue driving even in a punctured condition.

 

Because of its sturdy construction, it is hard to know whether the tyre is low on air or not. This is why it is important to have the tyres checked regularly.

 

Also, the car's do not carry any spare tyre when they are mounted on RFT engineered tyres. This leaves no scope of a backup plan in an outcome of tyre burst.

 

Tyre Pressure Monitoring System – A Companion Of RFT Technology

In order to have a safe ride, and enjoy the benefits offered by RFT tyres, it is essential to have a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) installed in the car. This will inform the driver about the tyre condition as well as the tyre pressure so that they know when it is time to visit the nearest car tyre dealer.

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