Learn more about how far you can ride on a spare at Team Gillman Mazda.
How long you can drive on a donut spare tire depends on if the spare is a full-size replacement tire or a 'donut'. A compact spare tire is specifically designed for temporary use and short distances. These donut spares were designed to use less room while also being lightweight, offering you more storage space. Compact spares are emergency solutions intended solely for emergency situations, with an upper limit of 50 miles at most, and should be replaced as soon as possible. In the event that your car is equipped with a full-size spare, it's possible to drive it normally. However, just like the compact spare, you should fix the flat immediately to prevent another breakdown. Regardless of whether you have a compact spare or a full-size one, fixing the problem tire must be the top priority.
The top speed you can drive on a spare tire also relies on the spare tire. Regular spare tires generally are identical to your existing car tires and are able to be used in the same fashion. Donut replacement tires are intended to be driven in emergency situations only and come with low-speed limitations. Most donut spares come with a suggested top speed of just 50mph. Ensure to consult the car's manual for the vehicle's suggested speed limits and distances when driving on a donut spare tire.
It can be stressful if you have a flat tire and you don't have a replacement, so what now? Your top concern is to slow down and locate a safe spot to stop your vehicle. Driving on a flat can impact the handling of the car, and by reducing your speed, you will make it easier to handle it. After you have located a safe place, get out of your vehicle and examine your wheel for any signs of damage. If you have a tire repair kit or run-flat tires, you can potentially carefully drive your vehicle to replace your tires. If not, call roadside assistance; they can come load up your car, bring you to us, and we'll help replace the flat.
The price to replace your tire will vary depending on your specific vehicle and if it has a compact spare tire or a standard one. Temporary spares tend to be cheaper than full-size tires, but costs will fluctuate based on the brand, tire size, and quality of the tire. Here at the dealership, we have a broad selection of tire brands and the different sizes to fit your car and get you back on the road as soon as possible. Our tire professionals will assist you in considering the different options to guarantee you get the tire you need at the right price.
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