We drive a lot during the day. We usually do it automatically and rarely think how everything works in our vehicle starting from the ignition and ending with the friction of tyres against the road.
We enjoy the safe drive because some clever people have taken care of every single detail.
The tyre manufacturing industry develops at a great rate, and technologists work hard to make the process of tyre production faster, cheaper, and more eco-friendly.
So what’s new in the tyre industry that is going to make you rush for the shop?
Run-flat tyres: forget flats and roadside stops!
Still using conventional tyres and make your blood freeze at the mere thought about a flat? Run-flat tyres allows you to continue a safe drive for as long as 10 miles after getting your tyre punctured.
The technology enables you to keep driving on a zero tyre pressure at a lower speed (55mph or less) thanks to heat-resistant compounds, solid and reinforced sidewalls, and innovative buffering beads.
Among the latest innovations are the self-sealing tyres that repair themselves and minimise air loss after being punctured by a screw or a nail due to the added lining inside.
Reinforced tyres: drive faster and never stint yourself with extra loads
Sometimes you need to carry more weight than your conventional tyres’ load index allows. The extra-load tyres were designed especially for such situations.
Face and heel modifications, use of extra carcass level and high-strength, and more endurable materials made these reinforced tyres super-resistant to mechanical damages. It’s a true godsend for those who love aggressive driving.
Soy, orange, and dandelions – what else are modern tyres are made of?
Tyre technologists are always experimenting with the materials to ensure your vehicle’s rubber shoes live a longer life and don’t harm the environment.
Yours aren’t made of rubber for 100%. Tyre manufacturers add plasticising agents, Kevlar (a type of aromatic polyamide that is five-times stronger than steel) and even fruit and vegetable oils to improve the tread durability.
Replacing carbon black with silica enhances the fuel efficiency and reduces the emission of CO2.