How Long Can I Ride On A Spare?
Learn more about how long you can ride on a spare at Team Gillman Acura.
How many miles you can drive on a donut spare tire depends largely on if the spare is a full-size replacement tire or a 'donut'. A compact spare (aka donut) tire is specifically designed for short-term use and limited driving distances. These compact spare tires were engineered to use less room while also weighing less, offering motorists more storage space. Compact spares serve as temporary solutions intended solely for emergency situations, with an upper limit of 50 miles at most, and ought to be replaced immediately. If your vehicle comes with a full-size spare, it's possible to drive it normally. However, as with the donut, it is essential to fix the problem tire immediately to avoid getting stranded. Whether you have a compact spare or a full-size one, fixing the flat tire must be a top priority.
Can I Drive Normally on a Spare?
How fast you can drive on a spare tire also depends on your spare tire. Full-size spares are often identical to your existing car tires and can be driven in the same way. Compact replacement tires are intended to be used only during emergencies and have low-speed limitations. Many donut spares come with a recommended top speed of only 50mph. Be sure to consult the car's manual for the vehicle's recommended speed limits and distances when driving on a donut spare tire.
No Spare, But Have a Flat?
It's alarming when you get a flat and don't have a replacement, so what should you do? Your first priority is to slow down and locate a safe spot to stop your vehicle. Continuing to drive on a flat tire can impact the steering control of the vehicle, and by slowing down, it can make it more manageable to handle. After you have located a safe spot, get out of your car and check your tire and wheel for damage. If you have a tire patch kit or run-flat tires, you may be able to carefully continue driving your car to reach a spot where you can replace your tires. If not, reach out to a tow truck; they will come to where you are, get you, bring it to us, and we'll help replace your flat tire.
Cost to Replace The Spare Tire?
The cost to replace your spare can vary depending on your specific vehicle and if it has a compact spare tire or a standard one. Donut spares are generally less expensive than regular tires, but costs will vary depending on the manufacturer, tire size, and grade of the tire. We offer a broad selection of tire brands and various sizes to accommodate your requirements and have you back on the road in no time. Our tire professionals can help you explore the options to guarantee you get the tires you need at the right price.
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