Run-Flat Tire Symbols

Thursday, September 26, 2013 by Colin .

Some drivers assume they have run-flat tires because their vehicle didn't come with a spare tire. This isn't always the case and there are letters on run-flats that designate them as this type of tire. The letters will vary from tire to tire and brand to brand. Below you will find examples of the letters or wording on tires that manufacturers use to let customers know they're run-flat tires:

  • Bridgestone and Firestone - RFT
  • Continental - SSR
  • Dunlop - DSST or ROF
  • Goodyear - EMT or RunOnFlat
  • Michelin - ZP
  • Pirelli - Run Flat
  • Kumho - XRP

Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position RFT

Continental ContiSportContact
5P SSR

Dunlop SP Sport 4000T
DSST


Now that you know if you have run-flat tires on your vehicle, the question becomes: Do you want to keep them, or switch to non-run-flat tires? I receive many calls from drivers asking about switching to non-run-flats tires. Many customers look at non-run-flats because of the higher cost of run-flat tires, limited options and harsher ride quality. However, the comfort of knowing you won't be stranded on the side of the road with run-flat tires brings many drivers peace of mind. On average, run-flat tires can be driven up to 50 mph for 50 miles without pressure. Also, if you're leasing a vehicle with run-flat tires, you will most likely need to return it to the dealership with similar tires.      

Shop by vehicle to view all tires, including run-flat options, available for your application.

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