Bridgestone DriveGuard UK Review
Run flat tyres are nothing new. Often coming with premium cars as standard, no-one with money ever wants to stand on the side of the M25 changing a wheel. In-fact, no-one wants to be changing a tyre on any main road. There is good news ahead though. Bridgestone have announced they are bringing their DriveGuard to Europe and we have been out testing it on the road. Read on for our Bridgestone DriveGuard UK Review.
The current issues with runflats is they aren’t really universal. Nor do they provide a really true driving experience. And the new DriveGuard promises to tackle both of those problems head on.
Current run-flats are usually supplied with new cars that have the tyre created for their specific requirements (such as brand, class etc.). As such they aren’t overly aftermarket and they definitely are not available to the masses. The new Bridgestone Driveguard promises to change all that and this tyre will fit pretty much any car.
Yes, Bridgestone are legally required to state that the car should be fitted with TPMS (which measures tyre pressure). But in practice, it isn’t actually a showstopper. Yes it would let you know you have a puncture, but when you get a puncture in the new DriveGuard, the noise changes (a slight flapping), so with a little bit of common sense you will notice anyway! Saying that, TPMS will soon be a legal requirement on all new cars anyways, so you won’t be missing out for long either way.
Perhaps the ultimate trump card is the actual drive and feel of the tyre, even when it is punctured and completely flat. Whilst you can’t push the car to its limits, or anywhere close for that matter. The car feels perfectly normal under normal driving conditions without any issues. As mentioned earlier, there is a distinct audible difference, but if anything that re-enforces the fact that you have a puncture and extra care should be taken.
So how does it all work? In basic terms, the technology is all in the tyre wall. And the walls of the Bridgestone DriveGuard are re-enforced which enables them to still maintain their normal shape and use without air. So whilst the inside of the tyre my flap and not be in true connection to the road, the tyre walls are which then holds the tread in the correct position and leaving you with no decrease in safety. The time when the tyre wall would give out and collapse is ultimately down to heat. As such these tyres have miniature fin like fans in the wall which enable air to flow freely keeping the tyre as cool as possible.
Once punctured, you can officially get a 50 mile range before visiting a garage at a maximum of 50mph. Again, these are official figures, we were happily hitting 65 along the motorway with no major negative feedback from the drive. And if you stopped for regular breaks to keep the tyre cool, you could potentially increase the range at your own risk.
At a price point just over 10% more than a like for like normal tyre and some 15% less that the old style run flats, the Bridgestone Drive Guard is a must for those who want peace of mind on the family kind or even their own. Due to hit the UK in April.