How Long Can I Drive on a Spare Tire?

 

If you’ve replaced one of your tires with a spare recently, you might be thinking, “How long can I drive on a spare?” How long you can drive on a spare will depend on the type of spare. Most smaller space-saver tires will need to be replaced within 70 miles at most. Regardless of what type you’re using near Punxsutawney, remember that a spare is a temporary fix and you should get a permanent replacement as soon as possible! Learn more about the longevity of spare tires below with Spitzer Ford DuBois’s service technicians.

How Long Can You Drive on a Space-Saver Spare Tire? 

If you have a space-saver or “donut” spare, you’ll see that it is smaller than a normal tire. They’re included on many new vehicles and come with certain restrictions, such as: 

  • They cannot be driven at speeds of over 50 miles per hour.
  • They shouldn’t be driven for more than 70 miles.
  • They provide less traction than a full-size spare.

If you’re using a space-saver spare in Brookville, you’ll want to get to the nearest service ortire center quickly to repair your old tire or purchase a new one.

How Long Can You Drive on a Full-Size Spare Tire? 

What if you’re using a full-size spare instead? While they’re less common, they’re often included with new trucks and SUVs. Full-size spares can be used longer than a space-saver spare, but you’ll still want to get the tire replaced as soon as possible. Plus, it’s unlikely that it’s the same brand as your other tires, so you’ll experience poor traction and handling on the roads of Clarion. And since it’s new, it won’t have the same amount of wear as your other tires. 

What is a Run-Flat Tire?

Run-flat tires can maintain pressure even after a puncture. That means you can keep driving with it as it remains inflated for about 50 miles following a puncture. They are tougher than a space-saver tire or full-size spare, but they are often more expensive than a standard tire.

If you have run-flat tires and your tire pressure monitor shows that it’s running low, stop the car, park in a safe spot, and inspect your tires. A visible puncture on a run-flat tire means you’ll want to head to your local service center to repair or replace it.

Get More Tire Care Advice from Spitzer Ford DuBois 

Need more information on how to take the best care of your tires? Turn to our service team in Du Bois! Just reach out, and we’d love to chat with you about anything tire-related or service-related!

 

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