Left Pompey yesterday morning at 0300. Around 20 miles outside of Pompey, heading for Dartford, the RFT low pressure warning comes on. As I'd not checked my tyre pressure for a short while, I ignored it thinking I'd call in at a garage at some point during the day. Around 20 miles from Dartford car starts pulling a bit to the left (it had been doing this to a lesser extent for a short while, but I thought the tracking was out) and a low, rhythmic thumping could be heard. "Not right" I thought. It gets worse and I slow down and pull over. Steering all over the place. Tyre is flat. It's 0515.
I have to join the AA to get taken to the nearest Kwikfit. £160. Kwikfit do me 2 new front Pirelli run flats for £240 all in fitted. They laser-check my wheel alignment & it's all good, so don't charge me the £65 for that.
The tyre that let me down is in a right mess (worn through to the inner wall and all sorts) on the inside and has, in my opinion, been degrading over a number of weeks. I had an MOT last month. Why wasn't the tyre condition picked up? Garage concerned is in line for some feedback.
Question: do you go with RFs or normal tyres? RFs in my experience...definitely. If they'd been normal tyres my rims, in addition to everything else, would have been fooked. Let alone the fact I could have ended up wrapped round a tree.
Oh...and if your low pressure warning comes on...whatever the circumstances....don't ignore it.