Keeping your family safe on the road – Bridgestone DriveGuard Tyres Giveaway

Keeping your family safe on the road – Bridgestone DriveGuard Tyres Giveaway

When I was nearly seven month pregnant with my son, I got a puncture just as my car was pulling off the motorway. The event itself was terrifying enough, as I struggled to keep control and slow the car safely – but the experience that came afterwards was almost as harrowing.

I was in shock, desperately worried about the little life inside me and the effect my stress, and the sudden stop, would have on him. I had managed to get off the slip road and I was now stranded in a queue of cars, in the inside lane of the feed to a four-lane roundabout. There was small piece of pavement, on the motorway bridge nearby, but there was no way I could move the car on my own and nowhere I could move to be truly safe. In short, I was overwhelmed with panic and desperately holding back the tears as I stood by the car, helpless. I phoned my car breakdown service, but they would be 30 minutes at least.

You might imagine that a visibly pregnant lady, on the side of a huge road and clearly in distress, might have provoked sympathy in the passing drivers. Eventually, it did, and a kind ambulance team helped me push my car to a safer area. I wish I could do more than just thank them, but I never knew their names.

However, before they helped me, I spent a very stressful twenty minutes. I was waiting by the side of the road on the edge of tears, frantic with worry about whether the baby was okay, while motorists honked and shouted at me from their windows. I had no spare. Eventually, a roadside assistance team arrived and they took me to a garage to have new tires fitted. It is an experience that will stay with me forever and one I would like to never repeat.

But if I had lost control of my car, my day could have been a lot worse.

If my car had been fitted with Bridgestone DriveGuards, the best drive flat tyres on the market, my day could have been a whole lot better.

Bridgestone DriveGaurd Event

On Thursday the 22nd of June I attended a brilliant event at Chateau Impney Hotel in Droitwich, hosted by Bridgestone. We got to take part in some really entertaining activities, including testing out how it feels to drive on DriveGuards. We tried driving both in normal circumstances and with a flat tire. It was a whole lot of fun!

Bridgestone DriveGuard Giveaway

I am a naturally cautious driver, and driving in general causes me a great deal of anxiety. (This is one of the reasons I wish I had a car that is compatible with DriveGuard!) Never the less, I really enjoyed this activity. I could not tell the difference between driving a normal car and one with an entirely flat tire.

We also got to try some virtual reality headsets and see Bridgestone’s test track in Italy.

Bridgestone Driveguard giveaway. Me and Kerry

We also got to see some of the brilliant work that Bridgestone are doing in their role as an Olympic Partners in their #nomatterwhat campaign, including amazing videos about chasing your dreams, like the one featuring Daley Thompson, below. Overall, it was a thoroughly enjoyable day and I was really impressed with Bridgestone and the DriveGuard tyres.

Bridgestone DriveGuard

Bridgestone DriveGuards are designed for passenger cars with a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). When the indicator on your dashboard lights up, you can safely continue driving for 50 miles at up to 50 mph. (Though this can vary a little depending on the road and load.) This is thanks to an innovative technology called a cooling fin. Bridgestone DriveGuard tyres redistribute heat and friction after a puncture. This means you can keep driving for a period, even after a complete loss of air pressure.

Bridgestone DriveGuards

They are also classified as Wet Grip A in EU labelling, which is the highest wet grip performance. This could mean you could stop a lot sooner than other tyres during wet conditions.

Having tried them for myself, I can honestly say that I would not hesitate in making sure my car had a set of Bridgestone DriveGuards. They would provide me with huge peace of mind. As Biggest has autism, the last thing I could possibly do if I got a flat tyre would be to move him out of the car while we waited for assistance, or I tried to change a tyre. He has no danger awareness and it would be almost impossible to keep him safe while watching his smaller sister too.

Unfortunately, cars made before 2014 do not have the tyre pressure system, and my car is not compatible. I cannot afford a newer car yet but they are definitely on my wish list when I can.

Win a full set of Bridgestone DriveGuard Tyres for your Car

If you would like to win a set of 4 Bridgestone DriveGuard tyres, please enter via the Rafflecopter below. Entrants must be UK residents and are responsible for checking that their car is compatible. You can find out more about which cars can be fitted with Bridgestone DriveGuard tyres here.

Please see here, and in Rafflecopter for full terms and conditions. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.

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Children in carseats

Please note, this is a collaborative post. Bridgestone kindly hosted me at their blogging event and are providing the tyres for this competition.

94 Comments

  1. IAIN MACIVER
    29th June 2017 / 4:56 pm

    the most important thing all my family to be as safe as possible

  2. Angela Treadway
    29th June 2017 / 5:00 pm

    so important! especially with my kids! x

  3. fiona waterworth
    29th June 2017 / 6:39 pm

    Very important, brakes and tyres are the most important duo, its no use starting off if you cannot stop

  4. emma walters
    29th June 2017 / 6:47 pm

    my family’s safety is so very important to me, i would do anything to keep them safe!

  5. Tania Atfield
    29th June 2017 / 6:51 pm

    Very important, always trying to keep my family safe on the road

  6. SOPHIE B
    29th June 2017 / 7:05 pm

    Keeping my family safe at all times is key to a happy life.

  7. Jules Eley
    29th June 2017 / 8:14 pm

    very important as i have 4 children.

  8. Rena plumridge
    29th June 2017 / 8:23 pm

    Very very important family first!

  9. Kayleigh Watkins
    29th June 2017 / 10:16 pm

    Extremely important with my three children aged 12, 4 and 16 weeks on board, my partner has been driving three years now and I’m learning my test is in august eeek…..

  10. Solange
    29th June 2017 / 10:58 pm

    It is very important.

  11. Graham Ross
    30th June 2017 / 4:49 am

    Very important,especially with the family in the car

  12. hazel haskayne
    30th June 2017 / 6:25 am

    very important when I have my little grandson to stay

  13. Dale Askew
    30th June 2017 / 10:49 am

    tyres are the key safety feature of any vehicle

  14. BrianH
    30th June 2017 / 11:32 am

    It’s very important.

  15. Diana
    30th June 2017 / 11:34 am

    Has to be top of the list

  16. MM
    30th June 2017 / 11:36 am

    Very important. Its a constanct concern of mine.

  17. Charlotte Harrison
    30th June 2017 / 11:57 am

    My biggest fear since I’ve had my two children is a car crash… daft as it may seem. So it is so incredibly important!

  18. Cherry Edwards
    30th June 2017 / 12:43 pm

    Family is everything, so it’s vitally important as far as I’m concerned

  19. Jo Carroll
    30th June 2017 / 12:49 pm

    Car safety is a constant topic of conversation in our house and it includes nanny & grandad and everyone else who takes the little’un in their car. I’d hate to think anything happened and it was put down to poor car checks.

  20. glenn hutton
    30th June 2017 / 2:23 pm

    Very important… Tyres should not be bought on the cheap, they are the only contact the car has to the road and need to be the best quality!

  21. Judith Allen
    30th June 2017 / 3:09 pm

    Very important. We don’t have a new enough car for these, though my lovely Dad does, but we make sure the tyres are the correct pressure regularly.

  22. ValB
    30th June 2017 / 3:13 pm

    Right at the top of the list !

  23. Rich Tyler
    30th June 2017 / 3:23 pm

    Very, nothing else comes close!

  24. Jack Thistleton
    30th June 2017 / 5:15 pm

    GREAT BLOG!

  25. Jenna Hegarty
    30th June 2017 / 7:08 pm

    It’s a top priority!

  26. kelly ledder
    30th June 2017 / 8:40 pm

    Being in a car is one of the scariest things for me, there seems to be so many inconsiderate drivers I like to think my car and kids are as safe as can be.

  27. William Gould
    30th June 2017 / 9:50 pm

    It’s very important – I often worry when my wife goes out on her own in the car. Run flat tyres are a great idea!

  28. Kim Neville
    1st July 2017 / 11:31 am

    Certainly top priority especially with kids

  29. Nicola
    1st July 2017 / 11:34 am

    What could be more important than the well being of your family

  30. Katie Skeoch
    1st July 2017 / 1:55 pm

    Very important, my boys are my most precious cargo

  31. janna mccullie
    1st July 2017 / 4:30 pm

    Tyre’s should be one of the most prioritized things about car safety!

  32. Kelly Hirst
    2nd July 2017 / 9:36 am

    Very important- and it’s not just about being a safe and careful driver myself, it’s about looking out for other people’s reckless driving

  33. claire woods
    2nd July 2017 / 11:06 am

    The most important thing in the world.

  34. Bob Clark
    2nd July 2017 / 11:59 am

    TOP PRIORITY

  35. Sally Collingwood
    2nd July 2017 / 12:15 pm

    The most important thing in the world!

  36. Carole E
    2nd July 2017 / 5:45 pm

    Very important as my family are the most important people in my life.

  37. Rebecca Nisbet
    2nd July 2017 / 8:22 pm

    so important, of course it is, they are the most precious people to me in the world!

  38. Victoria Thurgood
    4th July 2017 / 10:55 am

    very important

  39. melanie stirling
    5th July 2017 / 12:31 am

    Safety is the upmost importance.

  40. Sepehr
    5th July 2017 / 10:37 am

    I love those reliable tyres that’s why I’m here! 🙂

  41. brenda heads
    5th July 2017 / 4:24 pm

    so very important to know that I have done everything possible to keep my family safe while out driving.

  42. Christina Curtis
    6th July 2017 / 10:27 am

    It’s extremely important!

  43. Holly Edmundson
    6th July 2017 / 8:09 pm

    its so important to keep my daughters safe in the car x

  44. Nigel Rummey
    7th July 2017 / 2:51 pm

    Good tyres are one of the most important safety requirements on a car.

  45. Stevie
    10th July 2017 / 11:33 am

    It’s very important and we always make sure the kids are strapped in properly.

  46. Ella L
    10th July 2017 / 12:13 pm

    safety on the road is vital for me and my family, as it should be for everyone

  47. Victoria Hall
    11th July 2017 / 6:03 pm

    Very important especially as my family live over 2 hours drive away.

  48. Kay Broomfield
    12th July 2017 / 12:51 pm

    It’s vital. You never compromise on safety when you have children!

  49. Bryan Murphy
    13th July 2017 / 5:32 pm

    Vitally important

  50. Kathryn Cox
    13th July 2017 / 5:44 pm

    Safety is paramount. You would never forgive yourself if something that could be prevented happened

  51. Anna Horrocks
    16th July 2017 / 2:34 pm

    Safety is paramount and trumps everything else i.e. style, comfort etc

  52. Ashleigh Allan
    16th July 2017 / 3:40 pm

    Very very important

  53. Emma Walton
    16th July 2017 / 7:08 pm

    Of course, the family’s safety is of paramount importance when driving.

  54. Jodie A Green
    16th July 2017 / 7:53 pm

    my families safety is the most important thing!

  55. Danni Cresswell
    17th July 2017 / 10:21 pm

    Keeping my children safe is the most important thing to me x

  56. louise lumsden
    23rd July 2017 / 1:02 pm

    it’s vital,they mean everything to me, one of the great things about my hubby is that he keeps on top of the car maintenance and keeps us all safe .

  57. Allan Fullarton
    24th July 2017 / 7:09 pm

    Very very important, family first!

  58. Karen Brady
    24th July 2017 / 9:03 pm

    There is nothing more important than your family’s safety

  59. Janet Ashenden
    25th July 2017 / 3:26 pm

    It is vitally important to keep your family safe on the road, but equally important to make sure other road users are safe. Good tyres can help to prevent accidents

  60. 26th July 2017 / 12:47 pm

    Very important to keep as safe as possible on the roads these days . I think some people make their own rules but there’s a lack of policemen now so been extra safe is vital.

  61. Tracey Belcher
    26th July 2017 / 3:21 pm

    I know it is probably wrong of me but I am always so much more aware and careful when children are in the car! I am not saying I am not a safe driver at other times though – safety is paramount

  62. MELANIE CRUMPTON
    26th July 2017 / 8:30 pm

    Very! I take every precaution to protect them as possible.

  63. Susan B
    27th July 2017 / 8:07 am

    Extremely important. As soon as our eldest arrived, we began checking tyres, lights and so on much more diligently than before.

  64. Robert Price
    27th July 2017 / 12:08 pm

    Very important

  65. donna l jones
    27th July 2017 / 4:15 pm

    very important

  66. Kim Lam
    27th July 2017 / 6:31 pm

    Of course it is very important

  67. Laura Pritchard
    27th July 2017 / 9:35 pm

    Super important, I can’t bear to think of them being in an accident!

  68. Maddy
    27th July 2017 / 9:49 pm

    My family is the most precious thing in my life, so not just important – vital!

  69. Sharon Latter
    27th July 2017 / 10:35 pm

    Extremely important

  70. Helen Swales
    27th July 2017 / 11:30 pm

    So very important. Always buy the best safety tested car seat for your child, they are so very precious.

  71. Cathryn Crawshaw
    28th July 2017 / 7:19 am

    very important with my family

  72. carol boffey
    28th July 2017 / 10:20 am

    very important family first

  73. Sarah Parker
    28th July 2017 / 11:54 am

    It is very important! 🙂

  74. Darren Johnston
    28th July 2017 / 2:36 pm

    Very important nothing can ever replace my family!

  75. olivia kirby
    28th July 2017 / 2:39 pm

    The most important thing! We use our car for the school run so I need to keep on top of the maintenance.

  76. ADEINNE TONNER
    28th July 2017 / 4:11 pm

    Its very important to keep my family safe while we are on the road.

  77. Megan
    28th July 2017 / 6:15 pm

    Of course it’s important it’s also important to stay a vigilant driver so other people’s families are also safe.

  78. Anthea Holloway
    28th July 2017 / 6:25 pm

    I believe that it is very important – safety first!

  79. Meryl Thomas
    28th July 2017 / 9:46 pm

    Very important, and tyres can be an important part if that.

  80. Adrian Bold
    28th July 2017 / 10:29 pm

    It is of course very important to keep yourself and your family safe on the road.

  81. Em S
    28th July 2017 / 10:32 pm

    Well it’s crucial, with 2 little ones in the back. Your experience gives me the chills…

  82. Neil Pearson
    29th July 2017 / 7:32 am

    Very important – if money were no object I’d be replacing the current tyres on my car with Bridgestones, who just beat my previous favourite tyres Michelin. Although still with plenty of tread left the budget tyres I bought from a large national tyre retailer are ok in the dry but terrible when it’s wet.

  83. Richard Green
    29th July 2017 / 8:11 am

    Safety is always number 1 on my list when we travel

  84. Susan Freeman
    29th July 2017 / 9:43 am

    Very – tyres, bulbs and wipers are the most checked items on my car

  85. Kim Styles
    29th July 2017 / 1:51 pm

    Very important, they are my life -I only learnt two years ago to drive so still so aware how their life is in my hands everytime I drive -so having a safe car is something that is always at the top of my mind

  86. Emma Davison
    29th July 2017 / 5:45 pm

    Extremely. I once had a tyre blow out on the motorway. I got the car onto the hard shoulder quite easily but it was not a fun experience.

  87. Sarah Austin
    29th July 2017 / 5:51 pm

    The most important thing – it’s not just your life that can be ruined by a car crash

  88. Karen hutchinson
    29th July 2017 / 8:22 pm

    So important –

  89. Caroline Signey
    29th July 2017 / 8:45 pm

    Very important it’s something I worry a lot about

  90. Naomi Williams
    29th July 2017 / 9:16 pm

    It is Very Important to me with the Little one in the back.

  91. 29th July 2017 / 10:20 pm

    So important with the lives of my 3 children in my hands! Top priority

  92. Natalie Crossan
    29th July 2017 / 11:00 pm

    The utmost importance xx

  93. Ben Robb
    29th July 2017 / 11:48 pm

    safety is the key priority

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