How Long Can You Drive on a Spare Tire?

Changing the tire on a car

It happens to everybody. You’re driving along a Rice Lake road and start to hear the “whap, whap, whap” noise and feel the ride getting extra bumpy. You know what that means. You have a flat tire. Fortunately, your car has a spare. If you’re short on cash, you might be thinking that the spare tire will buy you time until you can afford a new tire. But, depending on what kind of spare tire you have, it may not have been meant to be used for very long. Don Johnson Motors wants you to be safe, so we’re going to help you answer the question, “How long can I drive on a spare tire?”


So, Exactly How Long Can I Drive on a Spare Tire?

How long you can drive on a spare tire depends on what kind of tire it is. Is it a small donut tire or is it the same size as your other tires? The small tires are meant to be very temporary, whereas you can drive longer on the bigger tires.


How Long Can I Drive on a Donut Spare Tire?

Most cars that come with a spare come with a small donut tire. AAA recommends driving no farther than 50 miles. Other sources recommend no more than 70 miles. You will want to double-check by looking it up in your owner’s manual. Either way, you should not exceed 50 miles an hour using this tire. These tires were meant just to get you to a shop where you can get your tire replaced. You don’t want to be driving on Hayward roads with this tire for very long. New tires can be expensive, but if your tire is flat due to a puncture, you may not need to worry. As long as the tire is otherwise in good shape, you can just get the tire patched, which is usually an inexpensive procedure.

Young man changing the tire on a car

How Long Can I Drive on a Normal-Sized Spare Tire?

If you own an SUV or truck, you may have a spare tire that is the same size as your other tires. This tire can usually be driven until it is worn. However, if you do this, you will be without a spare tire. Also, we recommend getting the tire changed to the rim that was holding the flat tire.


Schedule Service With the Tire Experts at Don Johnson Motors

There’s no need to keep wondering how long you can drive on that spare tire. If your tires are giving you problems, schedule service with Don Johnson Motors, conveniently located near Cumberland. You can even make an appointment online. Don’t forget to check out our service specials. And if you liked this article, check out our other service tips and tricks.


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