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I've gone back and forth on the run-flat tire decision. I have them on my Corvette and they are terrible, but youtube is littered with go-pro shots of people who experience sudden tire pressure loss when on track and they have the most spectacular and expensive demise to their vehicles. There are also youtube videos of the same type of sudden pressure loss in vehicles with run-flats, and they are able to keep it off the walls and bring the speed down with relatively good control. So, while regular tires give better grip, better ride, better fuel economy, and cost less, I'll probably stay with run-flats on this vehicle for the safety aspect. Oh, I'd also probably lose quite a bit of bodywork if a tire went flat and it kept rolling.
We have a base Rav with a full sized spare on the back, and it is a pain with all that weight back there. Several times, my wife has parked on a 15% slope and had to open/close the rear tailgate, once while wearing high heels and a skirt in the rain, and she just barely managed to get the door closed pushing uphill against all that weight, not to mention the danger of that door swinging open, gravity-assisted, and almost ripping off the hinges before it stopped.
I've told my wife that if she gets a flat and it's a dangerous area, or if the weather is bad, to just drive on the rim to someplace where she can be safe and get help. I'd much rather have her destroy a rim rather than go out and fiddle with the spare (she would have no ability to get that spare off, swap out the tire, and then heave a 60 pound wheel back onto the tailgate) or try to use a can of fix-a-flat.
I think it's probably still a couple of years from getting good run-flats in all types of tires. By then, I'll probably have them installed on all of our vehicles.
2010 Rav4 AWD V6 - Wife's
2007 Civic LX - Daughter's
1996 BMW 328i - Son's
1995 Miata - Daily Driver
2011 Corvette - Unintentional garage queen