How Long Can You Drive on a Spare Tire?

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Are you wondering, “How long can I drive on a spare?” Our parts and service team at Bonham Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram can help. You must replace your spare tire with a permanent one as soon as you’re able, as spare tires cannot withstand long drives.

The exact mileage of how far you can drive on a spare tire depends on what kind of spare tire you have. A full-size spare tire gives you more time and mileage than smaller tires, which only lasts around seventy miles. Learn more about how long you can drive on a spare tire below. Contact us with any questions or to order parts through our tire center.

Space-Saver Spare Tire

Most McKinney drivers own this type of spare tire. Pull out the spare tire you have in the back of your car. Is it smaller than your other tires? If it is, it means you have a space-saver or “donut” spare tire. This type of spare comes with driving restrictions that are important to follow to prevent further car problems.

  • Do not drive over 50 miles per hour.
  • Do not drive more than 70 miles on a spare.
  • You will experience less traction with a spare tire.

Read the instructions available with your space-saver tire as it will give you any additional restrictions that apply. Get to your nearest Sherman service center to replace or repair your tire.

Full-Size Spare

Although less common than a space-saver spare tire, some new trucks and SUVs have full-size spare tires. Full-size spare tires last longer than space-saver spares, but still, need replacing at the earliest opportunity. Full-size spares are not usually the same brand as your other tires, which can cause poor traction and handling.

What is Run-Flat Tire?

Run-flat tires can maintain pressure after getting punctured. This type of tire has the following advantages and disadvantages:

  • Stays inflated for about fifty miles after it’s punctured
  • More durable than full-size our space-saver spare tires
  • Costs more than a regular tire

If you own run-flat tires and you notice your tire pressure monitor is low, check your tires for puncture holes. You may need to schedule an appointmentto have your tires repaired or replaced.

Visit Our Tire Center at Bonham Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Bonham

Now that you know, “How long can I drive on a spare,”, get your car repaired at Bonham Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram. We offer affordable tire and parts replacements near Denison. Take advantage of our parts and service specials and wide stock of OEM parts today! We strive to make maintaining your vehicle more affordable, whether you need tire rotation or another service.

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