How Long Can You Drive On a Spare Tire?

Spare Tire and Wrench

It happens. You come out after dinner at your favorite Austin restaurant and find that you have a flat tire. Or your tire pressure light comes on when you’re headed to Georgetown from Kyle. It’s time to put on a spare. If you’re asking, “How long can I drive on a spare?” so you can schedule the necessary tire maintenance, take a look at these spare tire tips from Sterling Acura of Austin.

How Space-Saver Spare Tires Work

Call it a donut or a space-saver tire. Either way it’s an effective way for Buda car drivers to have a quality spare tire on hand without using all their cargo space. While they’re convenient to store, a space-saver tire includes these precautions:

  • They’re not safe to be used for more than 70 miles in most cases.
  • They’re not safe to be driven over 50 mph.
  • They don’t offer as much traction as a standard full-size tire. This can be a major problem in a Georgetown thunderstorm.

Full-Size Spare Tires

If you drive an SUV or a truck, chances are your spare tire is the same size as your flat tire. While it’s generally safer than a donut tire, you still need to proceed with caution and replace the tire as soon as possible. Your spare won’t have the same amount of wear as the tires on your car, which can lead to some potential problems. Because of this you should still limit your driving on a full-size spare tire to under 70 miles.

Tire LifeSpan

Your tires’ lifespan is mainly influenced by how many miles you put on them. The average driver puts 12,000-15,000 miles on their tires in a year, which should be replaced every three to four years. You’re likely to get closer to the four-year mark if you properly rotate your tires as often as the car manufacturer recommends in your owner’s manual.
A spare tire without any wear can stay stowed for seven to 10 years. Even without driving, over time the spare tire can begin to break down. Never use any tire with any visible damage, punctures, or bulges.

Mechanic Fitting Tire at Shop

Visit the Sterling Acura of Austin Tire Center for More Help

Now that you know more about how long you can drive on a spare tire, make your way over to our service center and see how we can have you back on the road in no time. We even have plenty of service features to help you like how to change a brake light, or how often to change your air filters or your oil. When it’s time for one new tire or a whole set visit the Sterling Acura of Austin tire center to get the right tires installed by Acura technicians. Contact us today to schedule an appointment near Kyle and Buda!


Acura Service Specials

25% OFF ANY REPAIR OR MAINTENANCE FOR FIRST RESPONDERS

As part of our commitment to support the men and women who serve our communities during these trying times, Sterling Acura of Austin is offering a 25% discount on any repair or maintenance needed to all active first responders and healthcare workers.

EXPIRES: 05/30/2020
Oil and Filter Service Special

$44.95

  • Includes regular, synthetic and synthetic blend oils
  • Complimentary Car Wash and Vacuum
  • Complimentary multi-point inspection performed
  • Complimentary battery inspection
  • Have service done while you wait in our modern, state-of-the-art executive service center lounge

Offer cannot be combined with any other special, discount or offers. Does not include sales tax, shop supplies or hazardous waste disposal. Not valid on past purchases. Must present coupon at the time of service write up. Some restrictions apply. See Service Advisor for details. Valid only at Sterling Acura of Austin

EXPIRES: 05/30/2020
Brake Pad Special

$199.95 Per Axle, including rotor resurface!  

You get competitive prices and same day service performed by our award-winning service department.

Includes:

  • Rotor resurface
  • Complimentary multi-point inspection
  • Complimentary car wash and vacuum
  • Complimentary battery inspection

Offer valid only at Sterling Acura of Austin. Not valid on past services. Offer cannot be combined with other service specials/coupons. See Service Manger for details.

EXPIRES: 05/30/2020
Tire Price Match Guarantee

WE WILL MEET OR BEAT ANY COMPETITORS TIRE PRICE!

Offer applies to In stock tires only with purchase of a set of 4 tires. Offer cannot be combined with any other special, discount or offers. Does not include sales tax, shop supplies or hazardous waste disposal. Not valid on past purchases. Must present coupon at the time of service write up. Some restrictions apply. See Service Advisor for details. Valid only at Sterling Acura of Austin

EXPIRES: 12/31/2020
Repairs

Get 15% Off Any Repair Over $150!

Allow our team to show you our constant commitment to exceptional service. Our well-trained, hardworking service experts are here to make sure you get the kind of stellar service that you need in a timely manner. From oil changes to transmission replacements and every single type of service in between, we will stay committed to bringing you top-of-the-line customer service on any vehicle model, whether it is new or pre-owned.

 

Offer valid only at Sterling Acura of Austin Service & Parts Center. Limited discount up to $350. See dealer for details. Offer cannot be combined with any other offers.

EXPIRES: 05/30/2020

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