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How Long Should You Really Drive on a Spare Tire?

We've all been there before: you're cruising down the road, enjoying a pleasant drive when suddenly, you hear that dreaded sound of a tire blowout. In this frustrating situation, your trusty spare tire becomes your savior. But have you ever wondered how long you can safely drive on a spare tire?

Spare tires, also known as "donuts" or "space-savers," are designed to serve as a temporary solution until you can get your regular tire repaired or replaced. Their purpose is to provide enough support to drive your vehicle to a nearby service station or auto repair shop safely. Unlike regular tires, spare tires are not intended for long-term use.

While the specific mileage or time limit for driving on a spare tire can vary depending on the manufacturer, it is generally recommended not to exceed 50 miles of driving or exceed speeds of 50 mph. This guideline ensures that your spare tire remains in good condition and minimizes the risk of further damage or failure. Additionally, spare tires are often smaller and have different tread patterns than regular tires, which can affect your vehicle's handling and stability.

It's crucial to prioritize safety when driving on a spare tire. Always remember that spare tires are not designed for heavy loads or extended highway driving. Avoid sharp turns, sudden braking, and high speeds to reduce the strain on the spare tire. Furthermore, regularly inspect your spare tire for signs of wear, such as cracks, bulges, or insufficient air pressure.

If you find yourself in need of a new tire, we invite you to Sacramento Specialty Automotive for assistance. We will get you back on the road with a safe vehicle in a timely manner.