How Long Can You Drive on a Spare Tire?

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Unfortunately, sometimes, life happens, and you end up needing to use your spare tire on Lewis Center roads. In this situation, you might be wondering, “How long can I drive on a spare tire?”. While the answer may vary depending on the kind of spare tire you have, a space-saver spare can last up to 70 miles but will need to be replaced within that threshold. A full-sized spare tire, as long as you ensure it’s in good condition, can buy you more time if you need to drive around Columbus. Today, we’ll touch on how long you can drive on a spare tire and other spare-tire safety information with this guide from Celebration Kia!

How Long Can You Drive on a Spare Tire? – Different Types of Spares

There are two main types of spare tires. A spare that is smaller than your normal tires is likely a space-saver or “donut” spare tire. Whereas a full-sized spare tire can be driven for longer distances in Delaware. Now that you know the different types of spare tires you can have, you’re probably wondering, “How long can you drive on a spare tire?”. We’ll review the most common restrictions each type of spares has:

Space-Saver Spare

  • Should not be driven over 50 mph.
  • Maximum mileage driven should be no more than 70 miles.
  • Please keep in mind space-saver spares will have reduced traction.

We recommend referencing your owner’s manual for your specific vehicle as some space-saver spares can have further restrictions. Please visit our service center near Dublin if you have any questions.

Full-Sized Spare

  • Less common but typically found on SUVs and trucks.
  • Mileage may vary depending on the wear and brand of the tire compared to the ones already on your vehicle.
  • Even if your full-sized spare is the same brand as your other tires, it’s likely going to be newer and can wear differently than your other tires, possibly causing traction and handling issues.

Always reference your owner’s manual if you’re unsure about the recommendations for usage on your full-sized spare. If your spare is a different brand or needs to be replaced, our tire center can help you with your decision.

How Long Can I Drive on a Spare if I have a Run-Flat Tire?

It’s also possible your vehicle has a run-flat spare tire or no spare at all, with run-flat tires. If this is the case, run-flat tires just mean they can still maintain air even after being punctured for a short distance. Here’s what you’ll need to know about run-flat tires:

  • After a puncture, run-flat tires can typically go for up to 50 miles.
  • Run-flat tires are commonly tougher than regular space-saver tires and full-sized spares.
  • They’re often more expensive than a regular tire.

If you find your run-flat tires are running low, we suggest scheduling service with our team to get them repaired or replaced.

Have any Questions? Visit Celebration Kia Today for Assistance!

If you’re still wondering, “How long can I drive on a spare tire?” visit the experts at Celebration Kia today for further assistance. We’re located in Lewis Center, and we’re more than happy to help. We look forward to meeting you, and please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions! Do you notice your vehicle shaking when you brake? We can help with that as well!

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