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gemmyw Avatar
5y, 10m agoPosted 5 years, 10 months ago
I have applied to do a course in Uni which would involve travelling to placement on motorway.

I hate driving on the motorway!I am terrified of having a blowout having treated people who have had nasty injuries as result of a blowout.As Jeremy Clarkson said "If you suffer a blowout it's God's will whether you survive or not" or something like that anyway.

I'm just wondering if anyone knows if run flats are made for Mercedes A class and if so where is best to buy them?

Thanks so much
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5y, 10m agoPosted 5 years, 10 months ago
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#1
Runflats won't protect you 100% if at all.

Blowouts are caused by a weakness in the sidewall or irregularity in Tyre wear resulting in exposure of Tyre structure.

Best idea is a mid-highend tyres and look.after them. That means no mounting kerbs, avoiding potholes drains and drain covers. No parking 2 wheels on the kerb 2on the road.

Basic car care really
#2
Just keep and eye on the tyres, make sure they're in good nick and you'll be fine!

My Dad drives a A class and does god knows how many miles a year (way more than average) and it hasn't suffered a blowout. Don't think I know anyone whose had one come to think of it...
#3
If it makes you feel any better about 10 years ago i had a blow out doing 100mph (private motorway) with 1 hand on the wheel. Nothing happened, was kept under control. If you have both hands on the wheel doing 60/70 i think theres more chance you can keep the car under control rather than the opposite.

You have more chance crashing on your own street. fact.

Edited By: J4GG4 on Jan 31, 2011 01:45
#4
Seen a BMW 6 Series limping to a service station with his run flats. Was pretty funny.
banned 2 Likes #5
I'm having to try really hard not to take the **** here...

If you're that scared of blowouts god help you when you think of the other stuff much more likely to happen. The drunk behind you about to smash your back doors in (ahem). The lorry driver having a quick nap.

Run flats will do NOTHING to stop a blowout, and you're probably better off sticking to the bus. Which might crash. or walking, where you might get knocked down.

Sweet jesus.....
banned#6
ok goes like this .. the world COULD end tomorrow .. but the chances are slim

I have had a blow out .. doing 100 and plenty on a shout .. and yes it was interesting , but even now when i have to drive at 100 and plenty its not on my mind , its what other folk will do when they see the blue lights..

just make sure your car is checked each day/week and you will be fine .. get a grip FFS

Edited By: dog_cop on Jan 31, 2011 10:20
#7
been put into context by everyone else. If anything, if your terrified of driving on a motorway, your not only a danger to your self, but others. You passed your test based on the ability to drive most, if not all roads, travelling from 20 through to 70 mph.

If your really worried about stuff like that. Look at doing further driving lessons, such as Pass Plus, or the advanced driving test. This way, you will be more prepared for motorway driving.

As said. Believe me, there are worse things that can happen.

If your really worried, get solid rubber tyres lol
#8
Derby_Lad
Runflats won't protect you 100% if at all.Blowouts are caused by a weakness in the sidewall or irregularity in Tyre wear resulting in exposure of Tyre structure.Best idea is a mid-highend tyres and look.after them. That means no mounting kerbs, avoiding potholes drains and drain covers. No parking 2 wheels on the kerb 2on the road.Basic car care really

I didn't know that.I thought they were 100% safe if you had a puncture.
#9
oldmanhouse
Just keep and eye on the tyres, make sure they're in good nick and you'll be fine!My Dad drives a A class and does god knows how many miles a year (way more than average) and it hasn't suffered a blowout. Don't think I know anyone whose had one come to think of it...

Thanks. I am being silly I know. Horrible car to drive on M way mind cause of the wind factor. I think Im gonna change it before I do the course....maybe a diesel.
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J4GG4
If it makes you feel any better about 10 years ago i had a blow out doing 100mph (private motorway) with 1 hand on the wheel. Nothing happened, was kept under control. If you have both hands on the wheel doing 60/70 i think theres more chance you can keep the car under control rather than the opposite.You have more chance crashing on your own street. fact.

Really? A policeman said he spun the car when he had a blowout on the M way. Thats what had got me thinking see. Thanks for that you have made me feel better
#11
gRoberts12
been put into context by everyone else. If anything, if your terrified of driving on a motorway, your not only a danger to your self, but others. You passed your test based on the ability to drive most, if not all roads, travelling from 20 through to 70 mph.If your really worried about stuff like that. Look at doing further driving lessons, such as Pass Plus, or the advanced driving test. This way, you will be more prepared for motorway driving.As said. Believe me, there are worse things that can happen.If your really worried, get solid rubber tyres lol

I am ok with the driving bit it is the fear of a blowout lol. After reading some of the comments I need to chill.
It is me who deals with the fall out of blow outs on the M way thats why I am scared.
#12
was doing 100mph smelt a funny burning smell so slowed down to 70, tyre blew, just keep calm with 2 hands on the wheel, car swerves a bit and then pulled over. As long as you keep you wits everything should be ok.
#13
J4GG4
If it makes you feel any better about 10 years ago i had a blow out doing 100mph (private motorway) with 1 hand on the wheel.

A private motorway? How many other users? Just you?

mumbojumbo
I had a blowout on the QEII Bridge. Make sure you can change a tyre quickly!!

...or you will get towed to either end where there is a lay-by provided for emergencies such as this.

jemmyw
...As Jeremy Clarkson said "If you suffer a blowout it's God's will whether you survive or not" or something like that anyway...

...but this from the man who thinks it is funny to ruin the tyres on loan vehicles for the sake of entertainment. Clarkson probably has had many tyre blow-outs... much higher than the national average; he has probably had your share of them so you are never likely to have one!

Why not enrol in an advanced driving course specifically designed to control a car in a skid, or similar circumstances where traction is lost on one or more corners of your vehicle, so you are less likely to panic if you ever do experience a tyre blow-out?

BFN,

fp.
#14
PS. Does the fact you drive an A-Class have any bearing on your fears?

What year was it manufactured? Did you see "that" video when driving at speed through cones?

BFN,

fp.

[EDIT]: [ http://uk.autoblog.com/2010/03/18/five-top-motoring-pr-disasters/ ] [/EDIT]

Edited By: fanpages on Jan 31, 2011 11:17
#15
fanpages
PS. Does the fact you drive an A-Class have any bearing on your fears?What year was it manufactured? Did you see "that" video when driving at speed through cones?BFN,fp.[EDIT]: [http://uk.autoblog.com/2010/03/18/five-top-motoring-pr-disasters/ ] [/EDIT]

No mine i
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J4GG4
If it makes you feel any better about 10 years ago i had a blow out doing 100mph (private motorway) with 1 hand on the wheel.
A private motorway? How many other users? Just you?
mumbojumbo
I had a blowout on the QEII Bridge. Make sure you can change a tyre quickly!!
...or you will get towed to either end where there is a lay-by provided for emergencies such as this.
jemmyw
...As Jeremy Clarkson said "If you suffer a blowout it's God's will whether you survive or not" or something like that anyway...
...but this from the man who thinks it is funny to ruin the tyres on loan vehicles for the sake of entertainment. Clarkson probably has had many tyre blow-outs... much higher than the national average; he has probably had your share of them so you are never likely to have one!Why not enrol in an advanced driving course specifically designed to control a car in a skid, or similar circumstances where traction is lost on one or more corners of your vehicle, so you are less likely to panic if you ever do experience a tyre blow-out?BFN,fp.
fanpages
PS. Does the fact you drive an A-Class have any bearing on your fears?What year was it manufactured? Did you see "that" video when driving at speed through cones?BFN,fp.[EDIT]: [http://uk.autoblog.com/2010/03/18/five-top-motoring-pr-disasters/ ] [/EDIT]

LOL yes seen that!Mine is fairly new so not worried about that. Think I will prob change it before I start course although boyf is thinking of changing his car so will prob just have his.
#16
tdogg
was doing 100mph smelt a funny burning smell so slowed down to 70, tyre blew, just keep calm with 2 hands on the wheel, car swerves a bit and then pulled over. As long as you keep you wits everything should be ok.

I thought that the car would veer into which ever side the blow out happens on
banned#17
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J4GG4
If it makes you feel any better about 10 years ago i had a blow out doing 100mph (private motorway) with 1 hand on the wheel.


A private motorway? How many other users? Just you?



Motorways exist in other countries. Or if we're being really picky, research the M96

fanpages

mumbojumbo
I had a blowout on the QEII Bridge. Make sure you can change a tyre quickly!!


...or you will get towed to either end where there is a lay-by provided for emergencies such as this.



Yeah good luck to you - you wait for the HATO/ConnectPlus/Crossing Authority to reach you through potentially 4 lanes of stationary traffic without hard shoulder. Personally I'd give it a go, but then most people seem to be scared of changing a wheel these days.
#18
vibeone
Motorways exist in other countries. Or if we're being really picky, research the M96

I did not say they did not exist.

The chance of hitting another road user if experiencing a blow-out on a private motorway is less likely, so the scenarios are not the same for comparison.

More skill may be required to stop a vehicle inside a single lane on a public motorway especially in (so-called) rush (so-called) hour traffic.

BFN,

fp.
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vibeone
Yeah good luck to you - you wait for the HATO/ConnectPlus/Crossing Authority to reach you through potentially 4 lanes of stationary traffic without hard shoulder. Personally I'd give it a go, but then most people seem to be scared of changing a wheel these days.

The barriers would just be closed for traffic to join the existing queue(s). The traffic already on the bridge, or in the tunnel(s), would disperse. The recovery/patrol vehicle (usually a Land Rover Defender 90) would then arrive, tow the customer's vehicle to the other side of the bridge (or to the same side of the bridge depending on the distance) & then the barriers would allow traffic through again.

If towing was not possible, one lane would be closed to allow the customer to change the wheel, & the barriers would be filtered around that lane.

Most people are scared of changing a wheel because either they have never learned how to do it (as, arguably, it should be part of the driving test), or the manufacturers tighten the wheel nuts so much (by machine) it is difficult (if not impossible) for an average motorist to remove them.

BFN,

fp.
1 Like #20
You've not watched enough police programmes. The criminal always can carry on driving after a blow out. Anyway live a little, loads of things could happen, it doesn't mean you should hide inside. Run on flats, well BMW's anyways are crap, the car handles poorly normally with them.
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vibeone
Yeah good luck to you - you wait for the HATO/ConnectPlus/Crossing Authority to reach you through potentially 4 lanes of stationary traffic without hard shoulder. Personally I'd give it a go, but then most people seem to be scared of changing a wheel these days.


The barriers would just be closed for traffic to join the existing queue(s). The traffic already on the bridge, or in the tunnel(s), would disperse. The recovery/patrol vehicle (usually a Land Rover Defender 90) would then arrive, tow the customer's vehicle to the other side of the bridge (or to the same side of the bridge depending on the distance) & then the barriers would allow traffic through again.

If towing was not possible, one lane would be closed to allow the customer to change the wheel, & the barriers would be filtered around that lane.

Most people are scared of changing a wheel because either they have never learned how to do it (as, arguably, it should be part of the driving test), or the manufacturers tighten the wheel nuts so much (by machine) it is difficult (if not impossible) for an average motorist to remove them.

BFN,

fp.


Which barriers are those fp? The toll barriers? The ones AFTER the bridge?

Or are you manically suggesting they close the bridge and put the southbound traffic in the eastern tunnel bore JUST for a broken down car? And you also think a 90 will pull any vehicle do you?! I'm not even sure dartford crossing cover breakdowns any more - it was in the process of being shipped to the HATO's in the area - and HATO's don't under normal circumstances use Defenders.

Your talk of barriers is comical. I can only assume you mean the toll booths - which are south of the river for both directions of traffic. So closing them would actually stack up the traffic even further. PS: The bridge carries southbound traffic (and I believe even if both northbound tunnel bores were closed, the bridge would NOT be used for northbound traffic. Of course southbound traffic can, and does use the eastern bore at times.

I should point out a vested interest, and I'd bet my house on knowing more about this subject then you, but I do enjoy the comedy.

PPS: You are also talking absolute crap about wheel nuts. The "machine" you speak of is I assume a torque gun which sets the nuts to a safe tightness - which shouldn't be too much of a problem to undo with the right tools (ie: the rachette provided with the vehicle)

Edited By: vibeone on Jan 31, 2011 12:47
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vibeone
Which barriers are those fp? The toll barriers? The ones AFTER the bridge?Or are you manically suggesting they close the bridge and put the southbound traffic in the eastern tunnel bore JUST for a broken down car? And you also think a 90 will pull any vehicle do you?! I'm not even sure dartford crossing cover breakdowns any more - it was in the process of being shipped to the HATO's in the area - and HATO's don't under normal circumstances use Defenders. Your talk of barriers is comical. I can only assume you mean the toll booths - which are south of the river for both directions of traffic. So closing them would actually stack up the traffic even further. PS: The bridge carries southbound traffic (and I believe even if both northbound tunnel bores were closed, the bridge would NOT be used for northbound traffic. Of course southbound traffic can, and does use the eastern bore at times.I should point out a vested interest, and I'd bet my house on knowing more about this subject then you, but I do enjoy the comedy.PPS: You are also talking absolute crap about wheel nuts. The "machine" you speak of is I assume a torque gun which sets the nuts to a safe tightness - which shouldn't be too much of a problem to undo with the right tools (ie: the rachette provided with the vehicle)

Whatever.

BFN,

fp.
#23
lol fp you're lost for words, I'm shocked.

bFn,

nUmpTyj x
banned#24
I had a puncture tried to replace the wheel but it was stuck on there, so drove at 70mph to get home as quickly as possible. Sparks started flying up from underneath the car was very cool at night, got a right **** from my folks at the time but I had to get into town to sign on or I would have lost my doll cheque. Now working (_;)

oh and they hadn't left me any money for the bus, they had gone on holiday so their fault :D



Edited By: lumoruk on Jan 31, 2011 13:00
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numptyj
lol fp you're lost for words, I'm shocked.bFn,nUmpTyj x

:) No. My life it just too short to discuss any further with somebody who has his own agenda.

All of what I typed above I have seen happen whilst at the Queen Elizabeth II bridge.

If that is different to what happens now because somebody with a vested interest knows best, then so be it.

vibeone is not the only person in the world that has experience of a) a toll bridge, b) that toll bridge, c) vehicle recovery, &/or d) Land Rover Defenders.

BFN,

fp.
[mod] 5 Likes #26
Misc hits a new low with people bragging about knowing more about a bridge than someone else. oO
banned#27
gemmyw
I thought that the car would veer into which ever side the blow out happens on


yes it does going from running on a flat, but the only reason a car would go off is if it was on a corner (hell to handle) or the driver over compensated.
#28
I was always under the impression that most blow outs happen to damaged or retreaded (is that a word) tyres in which case as long as your tyres are good you really have very little to worry about. I'd be more worried about those around me than something like that.
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numptyj
lol fp you're lost for words, I'm shocked.bFn,nUmpTyj x


:) No. My life it just too short to discuss any further with somebody who has his own agenda.

All of what I typed above I have seen happen whilst at the Queen Elizabeth II bridge.

If that is different to what happens now because somebody with a vested interest knows best, then so be it.

vibeone is not the only person in the world that has experience of a) a toll bridge, b) that toll bridge, c) vehicle recovery, &/or d) Land Rover Defenders.

BFN,

fp.


No I'm not - but then if you read my posts, and then your posts, its YOU who comes across as the know-it-all who actually, as I've made clear, doesn't know much at all.

What you said was in the main, completely inaccurate.

For once there was no hidden agenda - I'd have argued my point with any user spreading misinformation about a topic I know a bit about.

Edited By: vibeone on Jan 31, 2011 13:32
banned#30
Syzable
Misc hits a new low with people bragging about knowing more about a bridge than someone else. oO


I don't limit that bragging to bridges ;)
#31
dcx_badass
You've not watched enough police programmes. The criminal always can carry on driving after a blow out. Anyway live a little, loads of things could happen, it doesn't mean you should hide inside. Run on flats, well BMW's anyways are crap, the car handles poorly normally with them.

My boyf has a beemer a 320d. I have found it a lush car to drive personally. I was thinking of changing to one aswell actually. Thank you for info. I defo feel alot better now!x
#32
gemmyw
dcx_badass
You've not watched enough police programmes. The criminal always can carry on driving after a blow out. Anyway live a little, loads of things could happen, it doesn't mean you should hide inside. Run on flats, well BMW's anyways are crap, the car handles poorly normally with them.
My boyf has a beemer a 320d. I have found it a lush car to drive personally. I was thinking of changing to one aswell actually. Thank you for info. I defo feel alot better now!x
Ah k, we had the previous 320D and then the current 320D, and it was quite a difference, our neighbours have the current one aswell, both were ok I guess normally, but on ice would spin out on corners at 5mph, got an A4 now and it's much better.

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