Nobody likes getting a flat tire. The inconvenience of installing a spare tire (if your vehicle comes with one) or waiting for roadside assistance to arrive can be a hassle. A flat tire can really mess up your busy schedule.
One of the benefits to drivers who drive a vehicle equipped with run-flat tires is you don't have to worry about these problems. You can forget about getting stuck on the side of the road and can keep driving even after you get a puncture that causes complete air loss.
When most people think of run-flat tires, they think of a harsh, loud ride, along with a tire that doesn't have a long lifespan and has a high price tag. While this is common with some run-flat tires, Bridgestone is looking to change those thoughts with their DriveGuard.
We tested the tire against one of the smoothest, quietest tires on the road now, the Michelin Primacy MXV4, and the results were pleasantly surprising. The differences in ride quality and handling between the two were not as great as I anticipated. Bridgestone's DriveGuard was only slightly stiffer than the Primacy MXV4, but no more of a variance than you might see on another Grand Touring All-Season conventional tire. The added stiffness did help the DriveGuard in the handling department, as it felt more connected to the road while we were pushing it around our test track.
For those with concerns about longevity, Bridgestone offers the DriveGuard with a 60,000-mile warranty on H- and V-speed rated versions of the tire, and a 50,000-mile warranty on the W-speed rated version. And, to make it even better for drivers, the Bridgestone DriveGuard is one of the most affordable tires in the run-flat category.
Bridgestone DriveGuard tires can be installed on coupes, sedans, wagons and convertibles that are equipped with TPMS sensors. Shop by vehicle and see if the Bridgestone DriveGuard is available for your application.