The Best Run-Flat Tire for Your Passenger Car: Bridgestone's DriveGuard

Thursday, May 22, 2014 by Gary Stanley

Imagine you're on a family vacation traveling with your spouse and children. After a long day of activities, you are heading back to the hotel for some relaxation. The whole family is tired and just ready to get out of the car. Just a few more miles on this busy highway and you'll be there. Suddenly, you hear the sound of a tire blowout.   

With conventional tires, the above scenario involves pulling over to the shoulder and calling for help. You are stuck until help arrives. Or if you were prepared enough to have checked your spare tire's pressure and savvy enough to change your own flat tire, you could attempt to install the replacement yourself. Even a car enthusiast will realize that changing a spare on the shoulder of a busy highway at night is far from ideal.  

Instead, you now have a choice. You can either choose to pull over, or you can continue driving for up to 50 miles at 50 mph. Wouldn't you rather drive your family to safety and simply deal with the problem when it's more convenient? With the new Bridgestone DriveGuard, you get to make that choice!

The ability to decide what's best for you is what having a run-flat tire is all about. In the past, most run-flat tires were stiff riding, fast wearing summer-only tires that were designed for use on a short list of specific vehicles. This is not the case when it comes to the new Grand Touring All-Season tire from Bridgestone. It offers a great ride, all-season traction and a 60,000-mile treadwear warranty. 

Thanks to mandatory tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) on most newer vehicles, you can use the Bridgestone DriveGuard on many common 2008 and newer passenger cars like the Ford Fusion, Honda Civic, Honda Accord, VW Jetta, Toyota Camry and Toyota Corolla. Shop by vehicle to see if the DriveGuard is recommended for your car.

Comments on The Best Run-Flat Tire for Your Passenger Car: Bridgestone's DriveGuard

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 by Ron:
I'm considering dumping the less than satisfactory run flats on my 2014 BMW X1. The DriveGuard is new and there are not a lot of customer reviews out there. But if they live up to the professional write ups, they seem like they would be a good choice. What is Tire Racks opinion?
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 by Gary:
We have actually driven on the new Driveguard and the tires have indeed lived up to expectations, especially in regards to ride quality and noise levels. We should be posting our full test results (in addition to our introductory drive test) on our web site soon in the tire test area here :

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tests/testSearch.jsp?affiliate=FH8

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