Are Run Flat Tires Right For You?

One of the latest advances in car tire technology has been the advent of “run flat” tires. These are tires which are designed to run for 50 miles or more after receiving a puncture that otherwise would lead to a flat tire. They are constructed from very stiff materials in the sidewall, allowing them to support the weight of the car even with very little weight. Run flat tires now come standard on new car models such as the BMW 3 series, Toyota Sienna and Chevrolet Corvette.

There are some disadvantages to run flat tires. For one thing, the stiff construction that makes them be able to run with little or no air also makes the ride occasionally rough and bumpy. In addition, many car owners have complained that the tires have uneven tire wear, leading to them needing to be replaced more frequently. Some tires need to be replaced every 15,000 miles while typical all-weather tires can last for 40,000 miles or more.

However, the safety advantages of run flat tires easily outweigh the potential drawbacks. A tire blowout can put you and your family at danger, especially if it happens on a freeway or other high-speed roads. Run flat tires will reduce the risk of this along with saving you the hassle of being stuck on the side of the road trying to replace a flat tire.

LA Auto Show kicks off today

It’s almost Christmas, especially for automotive enthusiasts on the West Coast as the Los Angeles International Auto Show kicks off today at the Los Angeles Convention Center. One of the largest car shows in the world, the LA Auto Show is a place where several car makers debut their latest models, and this year is no different: seven different car lines with make their world debut at the show, including two concept cars.

On the high end, Porsche will debut its new Boxster Spyder at the LA Auto Show. This is the lightest car that Porsche has ever produced, weighing in at just 1,275 kg while still boasting a powerful 3.4-litre six-cylinder engine creating 320 horsepower. This lets the new Boxster Spyder go from zero to 100 km/h in 4.8 seconds.

One the other end of the spectrum, Toyota will roll the the third generation of its Sienna minivan line while VW is releasing what it claims will be the “Final Edition” of the New Beetle.

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