Compared to conventional run-flats, the Bridgestone DriveGuard rides better, while offering better value and wear. As a tire that can also be installed on some vehicles that didn't come equipped with run-flats as Original Equipment, many could be skeptical to the idea of switching to run-flats on their vehicle.
Isn't a flat when most of us notice our tires anyway? Most drivers are more concerned about getting from point A to point B without interruption, not the detailed differences in grip and road manners.
When does the convenience of the DriveGuard make perfect choice? It depends on how drivers want to balance the tire's unique advantage of being able to drive up to 50 miles at 50 mph on a flat compared to the better wet grip performance of other Grand Touring All-Season competitors such as the Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology and Michelin Premier A/S. Yes, those tires have better wet grip but is the vehicle regularly driven hard enough in a rainy climate for this difference to be noticeable?
A concern about the DriveGuard amongst drivers is related to repairing a puncture in the tire. Bridgestone, who has been developing and refining run-flats since the 1980s, states that a properly repaired DriveGuard can be put back into service. As with all tires, the DriveGuard must be repaired with a mushroom patch applied to a dismounted tire and the puncture can't be on the shoulder of the tire.
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