How Long Can You Drive on a Spare Tire?

Spare tire

The general rule when it comes to driving on your spare is to do so as little as possible. For your safety and the health of your Honda vehicle, always prioritize getting to a repair shop for proper tire maintenance as soon as possible. But ultimately, a more accurate answer can be determined from your spare type. In the following guide, the experts at Jeffrey Honda service center will detail the various spare tire types your vehicle may come equipped with in the event you get a flat tire in Roseville. 

Donut Tire

Commonly known as the donut tire, though also referred to as a space-saver spare, limited-use spare, or compact spare, this tire’s sole purpose is to get you to the repair shop. Its small size is helpful for storing under or within your car and provides a minimal safety-net for getting you to a service center. Donut tires can affect your braking and handling, so drive slowly and cautiously until you reach your mechanic. Generally, you don’t want to have to drive over 50 miles with a donut spare.

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Full-Size Spare Tire

Your Honda truck or SUV may come equipped with a full-size spare. For size reasons, you’ll rarely have a full-size spare within your sedan. A full-size spare may or may not match your other three tires. If it does, it’s safe to include your matching full-size spare tire in your regular tire rotations. This helps prolong your tires’ lives and encourages even wear. With an unmatched spare, you do not need to include it in your rotations, and it is best to use this option only as a temporary solution. 

Collapsible Spare Tire

Also known as a folding spare or an inflatable spare, this option is strictly to get you to a repair shop. Though it’s time-consuming because you have to inflate this spare tire yourself, it’s still an option that could be the difference between being stranded and getting you and your vehicle safely to the service center. Drive slowly, carefully, and as little as possible on your collapsible spare tire. 

Run-Flat Tire

What is a run-flat tire? Let’s say you drive over a nail in Grosse Pointe and puncture your tire. If it’s a run-flat tire, it’s reinforced sidewall design will continue to support your vehicle’s weight even in the event of air pressure loss or no pressure. Though more expensive because of this convenience, it’s benefits may be worth it to you.

  • Remains inflated for about 50 miles following a puncture
  • Does not require you to exit vehicle and repair on roadside in potentially poor conditions
  • Tougher and more durable than most standard tires

Learn More at Roseville

In summary, it’s always best to go directly to a repair shop to address a flat tire or spare tire situation. If you have any more questions about how long you can drive on a spare tire or what type of spare tire you should have for your car, please contact our service center. Our trained technicians are committed to keeping St. Clair Shores drivers safe on the road. You can even check out more features like how to wash a car, how to repair scratches or dents, and how to unlock a steering wheel. If you’re in the market for a new tire or spare tire, our tire center is also a resource for you.

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