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 San Marcos 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!


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