Two weeks ago, I was just settling down with my blogging bestie, Aby from You Baby Me Mummy, and new pal, Sally from Raring to Go, to 3 day VIP star treatment extravaganza, which started in Monaco. Hundreds of bloggers and journalists from across Europe had been invited by Bridgestone Tyres because they were so excited by their latest unveiling and I have to say it didn’t disappoint (not least because I won!).

Bridgestone DriveGuard - Press trip to Monaco and Cannes for the unveiling!

Tyres and Car Safety

I want to express my surprise at my ignorance when it comes to car safety.

Before this trip I had no idea where my spare tyre was, if I even have one, nor how to change it should I get a puncture.

It hadn’t even crossed my mind how distressing it would be if I got a flat with Reuben in the car.

There is literally never a good time to get a puncture, but the odds are I’d be on a motorway with Reuben in the car since that’s where I do a lot of driving. And now I know how to change a tyre…I never want to have to put it into practice!

So, while I know that tyres and car safety is really not that sexy (although Bridgestone did a pretty good job of making it so with the help of handsome drivers and dancing girls!), I want to convey the message that it really is important to have a bit of knowledge about your car!

Anyway, on to the grand unveiling of Bridgestone’s latest product which will be going on the market in April 2016.

Bridgestone DriveGuard - Press trip to Monaco and Cannes for the unveiling!

Bridgestone DriveGuard

After an amazing evening in Monaco, the next morning we arrived at a Chateau in the Mountains of Nice.

Bridgestone DriveGuard - Press trip to Monaco and Cannes for the unveiling!

After some refreshments we were ushered into a tunnel. Or the Tunnel of Terror as I soon renamed it!

Bridgestone DriveGuard - Press trip to Monaco and Cannes for the unveiling!

As we entered it got colder and darker, there were alarming signs and distressing text messages. And worst of all? There was the sound of a child crying. That set my nerves a-jangling!

They proved their point there and then – getting a puncture is both distressing (and add to that a dead phone or no reception) and time consuming. The average driver loses 3 hours to a flatty. I don’t even want to begin imagining that with a child onboard.

Bridgestone DriveGuard - Press trip to Monaco and Cannes for the unveiling!

I’m not sure anyone else was especially bothered (one person even told me they hadn’t noticed the crying child!!) but I was feeling pretty traumatised by the time I reached the end.

We were greeted with a huge screen simulating a gorgeous drive in the sunny mountains, with all your favourite driving music playing. Much more relaxing!

Bridgestone DriveGuard - Press trip to Monaco and Cannes for the unveiling!

Bridgestone gave their presentation during which they unveiled their game-changing technology, DriveGuard.

It’s a touring tyre designed to be fitted into all passenger cars equipped with a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System!

Bridgestone DriveGuard - Press trip to Monaco and Cannes for the unveiling!

The tyre can perform even when damaged, aka punctured, (including in the tyre’s tread and side wall areas) and delivers the highest standards of safety, wet performance, comfort and fuel efficiency. Basically, if you get a puncture in one of these babies, you will get a warning light but you can continue driving for up to 50 miles at up to 50 miles an hour!

Test driving Bridgestone’s DriveGuard

Obviously we had to put it to the test.

Bridgestone DriveGuard - Press trip to Monaco and Cannes for the unveiling!

…and some crazy person gave Aby and myself keys to a real car, with a punctured tyre and then allowed us to drive around windy, mountainous, public French roads for half an hour! I only hit one sign.

Bridgestone DriveGuard - Press trip to Monaco and Cannes for the unveiling!

Check out Aby’s video (you can see us doing the test drive at about 7 mins in – I do a Jeremy Clarkson style piece to camera!)

Aside from a slight noise from the tyre, which is intentional so you know there’s a puncture, the drive was completely normal. Really smooth.

In fact one of the British parties managed to puncture the other front tyre and still they were in complete control!

Changing a Tyre

If I hadn’t been convinced of needing these tyres after the Tunnel of Terror and the test drive, I was after the ‘changing a wheel’ exercise! As I said previously, I know how to do it now but I never want to have to put it into practise!

Bridgestone DriveGuard - Press trip to Monaco and Cannes for the unveiling!

In fact, I was in the middle of a Facebook update saying how much I wanted to win the competition (a set of tyres, of course!) as my name was being called out… I won the tyres!!

Bridgestone DriveGuard - Press trip to Monaco and Cannes for the unveiling!

Looking cool as ever!

Bring on April, I say.

Do you know where your spare tyre is or how to change it?

You’re better than I was, if you do!

Bridgestone will be launching the DriveGuard tyres across Europe in April. Visit Bridgestone DriveGuard for more information.

Disclaimer: I was invited to France as Bridgestone’s guest. I have not been asked to write this post and all words are my own!