How Long Can You Drive on a Spare Tire?

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If you’re wondering, “How long can I drive on a spare tire around Savannah?” Southern Motors Honda can help. You should always replace your spare tire as soon as you can, but the actual length of time (or miles) you can drive with a spare depends on what kind of spare tire it is. A full-size spare will provide the most time and mileage. Smaller space-saver tires should be replaced within 70 miles. Here the Southern Motors Honda service team answers the common question, “How long can I drive on a spare?”

How Long Can You Drive on a Spare Tire: Full-Size Spare

While a full-size spare is generally only used with new trucks and SUVs, it can safely travel further than a space-saver spare. Still, you should get the tire replaced as soon as possible to stay safe on Richmond Hill roads. Do your best to get the same brand and size as your other tires, or you may experience poor traction and handling. Also, since it’s brand new, it won’t have the same tread wear as the other tires. We recommend visiting the tire center at Southern Motors Honda to find the right size tire as soon as possible.

How Long Can You Drive on a Spare Tire: Space-Saver Spare

If you pull over to change a flat tire while driving around Pooler and find that your spare is smaller than your other tires, you have a space-saver spare. Sometimes it’s called a “donut” spare. They’re often included in today’s new vehicles and come with some restrictions. If you want to know, “How long can I drive on a spare tire,” or “How fast can I go on a spare tire,” and you have a space-saver spare tire — consider the following:

  • Space-saver spare tires shouldn’t be driven over 50 miles per hour
  • Space-saver tires shouldn’t be driven for more than 70 miles
  • You’ll experience less traction than you would with a full-size spare, so use caution

Your space-saver spare tire should list any additional usage restrictions on the actual tire. Be sure to go to the nearest tire service center to repair your old tire or buy a new one.

What is a Run-Flat Tire?

A run-flat tire will maintain pressure even after a puncture. Run-flat tires offer the following advantages and disadvantages:

  • They stay inflated for about 50 miles after a puncture
  • They are stronger than a space-saver tire or full-size spare
  • They typically cost more than a standard tire

If you have run-flat tires and your TPMS indicates that the tire pressure is running low on one of your tires, stop and inspect your tires. A visible puncture on a run-flat tire means you should head to your local Hardeeville, SC service center immediately to replace it.

Trust Southern Motors Honda For All Your Car Care Needs

Now that you know how long you can drive on a spare tire, trust the service team at Southern Motors Honda for all of your auto care needs. You can quickly make a service appointment online. From battery replacement to oil changes or even a new Honda Civic, we’re here to help. What are you waiting for? Reach out to us today!


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