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On sports day, there’s a million things to think of: Are the kids ready? Have you packed all the equipment they need, the snacks they want and the change of clothes that will probably be required? How many family members are riding with you and do you need to run any errands along the way? Most importantly, will you make it on time?
The one thing you don’t want to think about: your car breaking down on the way there. With self supporting runflat tires, you can rely on your four wheels to get you to your destination on time. In case of a puncture, the reinforced sidewall isn’t crushed between the rim and the road, so the tire won’t break down. Once you know that you can drive another 80 km, even on a punctured tire, you can stop worrying about the journey and focus on getting everyone into the car and to the event on time.
Continental’s self supporting runflat tires are compatible with all standard rims. Thanks to a specially designed reinforced sidewall, they can keep rolling at a speed of 80 km/h for 80 km after being punctured. That means you don’t have to pull over to call for help or change a tire. Instead, you can reach your destination safely and deal with the punctured tire whenever it suits you.
Self supporting runflat tires don’t just give you peace of mind, they also add up to 80 liters of free space to your trunk. Because you no longer need a spare tire, you can fit in even more into the back of your car.
If you’re in charge of getting a busy family organized, you’ll know that everything that can go wrong, will go wrong – especially when time is of the essence. A missing shoe, a crying child or a dawdling sibling are chaotic enough, without adding any more major disasters.
That’s why we at Continental came up with the self supporting runflat technology that makes sure you reach your destination, no matter what obstacles life throws in your way. With a normal tire, you could break down on the side of the road on the way to an important event. You would have to change the tire or wait for roadside assistance. With self supporting runflat tires, you can keep driving and deal with the puncture later. Because you can rely on your four wheels to get you there safely, a spare tire is no longer necessary.
How does self supporting runflat tire technology work?
A specially designed reinforced sidewall supports the tire in the event of a puncture and loss of air. This prevents the sidewall from being crushed between the rim and the road, and the tire from slipping off the rim.
How do I drive with self supporting runflat tires?
The technology has no impact on the driving experience or the handling of your car under normal circumstances. You must, however, have a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), and Electronic Stability Control (ESC) is recommended.
How should I act after a self supporting runflat tire is punctured?
You can continue driving for 80 km at a maximum speed of 80 km/h after a tire is punctured. It isn‘t necessary to stop for a tire change or call roadside assistance, but you should have the tire checked by a specialist as soon as possible to prevent further damage.
How can I find tires with self supporting runflat technology?
The technology was developed especially for low section tires, which are compatible with all standard rims. They are mounted, changed and used like any standard equipment tires. You can find all Continental self supporting runflat tires on our website or choose from a selection below.