Bridgestone Americas Inc. has expanded its DriveGuard run-flat tire line with seven new sizes engineered to fit some of the most popular family vehicles on the road today — minivans, crossover vehicles and sports utility vehicles.
Featuring specially designed run-flat technology, Bridgestone says DriveGuard tires give drivers the ability to continue driving up to 50 miles at up to 50 mph to safety on a flat tire.
With the expanded size offering, the DriveGuard tire line from Bridgestone now fits more than 80% of minivans and 43% of crossovers and small SUVs – the fastest growing vehicle segment. The additional DriveGuard tire sizes arrive in stores May 1, 2016, in the U.S. and Canada.
Designed to deliver a quiet, comfortable ride and provide all season traction, DriveGuard tires come with a 50,000 to 60,000 mile treadwear warranty. DriveGuard tires are available in 43 sizes, 15 to 19 rim diameters.
Bridgestone commissioned a survey conducted online by Harris Poll in April 2016 among 2,109 U.S. adults. Results indicated 73% of drivers on the road today have experienced a flat tire, and 90% agree getting a flat tire would disrupt their day. The survey also revealed that nearly three quarters of drivers (72%) would be willing to pay more for tires that would allow them to continue driving up to 50 miles at up to 50 mph on a flat.
While the survey shows more than half of drivers (57%) claim they know how to change a flat tire, nearly three in five (58%) drivers have called someone for help. Only 34% of women say they know how to change a flat tire, compared to 82% of men who say the same. The majority of Americans (68%) indicated changing a tire on the side of a busy road is the biggest safety hazard of a flat tire.
To learn more about DriveGuard tires, visit www.DriveGuard.com.