Do you or a spouse travel on business? Maybe you have a child just learning to drive or perhaps leaving for their first year of college. If you do, you certainly want what we all want: for them to be as safe as possible.
Bridgestone spent a decade developing a tire for just these types of situations. The DriveGuard is the first run-flat tire designed specifically to be usable on vehicles originally equipped with standard tires. Run-flat technology allows a punctured tire to maintain drivability for 50 miles at up to 50 miles per hour. This 50 miles allows our loved ones to stay safe inside the vehicle instead of stranded on the side of the road struggling with a flat tire or waiting for a tow truck in the dark.
While most of the original run-flat tires produced were stiff riding, the DriveGuard is part of the third-generation of run-flats that ride much like a standard tire. Another drawback of the original crop of run-flat tires was their short lifespan. The DriveGuard addresses this issue with tread compounding that provides similar longevity to conventional Grand Touring All-Season tires like the Michelin Premier A/S, Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus and Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology. As an added bonus, the DriveGuard is one of the most affordable run-flat tires presently on the market. For a recap of our test of this Bridgestone tire, take a look at "Bridgestone DriveGuard: Adding Peace of Mind to Your Car."
Personally, I use the DriveGuard on my 2008 BMW 328i and have been extraordinarily pleased. While on a drive down a country road with my niece and two children, I found a pothole that can best be described as a basement without a house on top. I immediately looked at my dashboard after the impact, fully expecting the TPMS light to indicate I had blown one, if not both passenger side tires. No light was present but I was left with a distinct vibration. Both passenger side wheels had been bent, but the tires survived the impact undamaged. While two of my wheels currently look like taco shells, I was grateful to able to complete the hour trip with little more than a mild inconvenience.
Use of a run-flat tire requires your vehicle to be equipped with a TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System). The good news is that every passenger vehicle built in the U.S. since September of 2008 has some form of TPMS built in.
If you desire the all-around traction, as well as the ride comfort and longevity of a Grand Touring All-Season tire, but with the added safety of run-flat technology, look no further. Be it a Honda Civic, Toyota Camry or even if your BMW needs replacement run-flats, the DriveGuard is a great option.