Can Regular Tires be Used in Place of Run Flat Tires


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Can Regular Tires be Used in Place of Run Flat Tires

Murphy’s Law is well known and states that “anything that can go wrong will go wrong, and at the worst possible time.” And when it comes to acquiring a flat tire, it appears like this is never more true! On a hot day in the rain on the way to a job interview, you’re likely to get a flat tire. However, you may save yourself the anxiety of doing a tire change on the side of the road if your vehicle has run flat tires!

How do run-flat tires work?

Run-flat tires have a special construction that enables you to keep going after a puncture. The self-supporting run flat tire is the most popular style for passenger tires.

This tire’s reinforced sidewall supports the weight of your car in the event that the tire loses air pressure and is constructed from heat-resistant rubber. This enables you to travel for a short distance at a certain speed (for example, up to 50 miles at 50 mph) in order to reach the closest tire repair facility or to pull over to a secure location to put on your spare tire.

A support-ring run flat tire is another variety of run flat construction. In order to withstand the weight of the vehicle in the event of low or no air pressure, this type of tire contains a strong rubber (or other material) ring around the rim. Heavy-duty and military vehicles frequently have these tires.

The self-sealing tire is under a different but related group of tires. These tires contain an additional lining beneath the tread that is filled with a sealant for punctures. The sealant automatically releases when a tire is punctured to fill the hole and stop air leakage.

Many new vehicles now come with self-supporting run flat tires because of their safety advantages. According to Edmunds, 15% of new cars arrive with run flats, particularly those from luxury manufacturers like Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Cadillac. Run flat tires are also available from a number of tire manufacturers, including Bridgestone’s DriveGuard tire.

But ultimately, all tires deteriorate. When this occurs, is it acceptable to switch your run flat tires for ordinary tires?

Is it possible to fix a run-flat tire?

Yes and no, is the response. As with any tire, you will need to replace it if the puncture is in the sidewall or shoulder, or if it has been fixed more than once.

Some run flats are completely irreparable. On the sidewall of these tires, there will be a warning that reads, “Do Not Repair.” If the tire is operated for an excessive amount of time with insufficient air pressure, run flats are also irreparable.

The Virginia Tire & Auto tire experts adhere to the Tire Industry Association’s (TIA) standards for tire puncture repair.

Can ordinary tires be used in place of run-flats?

You can, indeed! It’s advised but not necessary to swap out run flat tires for run flat tires. Here are some things to consider if you decide to switch your run-flat tires for regular tires.

  • You should swap out all four tires at once when going from run flats to standard tires. Run-flat and regular tires shouldn’t be combined unless as a temporary measure. Combining regular tires and run flat tires can severely diminish a vehicle’s stability and handling because run flat tires are much stiffer than regular tires.
  • Follow the tire manufacturer’s recommendations for size, speed rating, load capacity, and inflation pressure when choosing new tires.
  • Many run-flat vehicles are not equipped with a spare tire or tire-changing tools. Check your car to see if you need to buy any new emergency supplies.

Always refer to the owner’s manual of your car for advice and implications regarding your particular car and tires. Give Virginia Tire & Auto a call at 855.425.3677 to speak with a tire professional about how we can assist you with this process.

Recall that most leasing firms demand that vehicles purchased with run-flat tires be returned with them.

Run-Flat Tires vs. Regular Tires: Pros and Cons


  • No more towing or tire changes at the side of the road! Run flats let you continue driving with a low or flat tire until you reach a safer location or the nearest tire repair.
  • Run-flat tires offer safer handling than standard tires in the case of a tire puncture. More consistency and stability are provided by the strengthened sidewall.
  • Extra space in the trunk! You’ll have a lighter vehicle and more cargo room because the majority of run-flat vehicles don’t come with a spare tire.


  • Regular tires cost less than run flats, on average.
  • Regular tires often offer a smoother, quieter ride than run flat tires because of the firm sidewalls on the latter.
  • Run flats usually have a shorter tread life than regular tires.
  • The majority of vehicles with run-flat tires are not equipped with a spare tire or tire-changing tools. Therefore, if your run flat tire sustains damage that prevents it from rolling (such as a blowout), your car won’t start.
    Here are some solutions to this problem:
  • Consider utilizing our roadside assistance service.
  • Buy a spare tire and tire-changing supplies and keep them with you.
  • A tire inflation pump and tire sealant should be purchased and carried.

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