4 Essential Things to Know About the Spare Tire in Your Car

No one likes the idea of being stranded because they get a flat tire. Having a spare in the vehicle is always a good idea. Those who do not already have a spare should consider investing in one, just so they have more peace of mind when they are driving.

What Type of Tire Is Your Spare?

In most vehicles that you buy today, the spare tire in the trunk of the vehicle isn’t actually a spare – it’s a temporary tire, also called a donut. The purpose of this type of spare is to get you home or to the mechanic’s shop so they can replace it with a real tire. However, you may want to consider switching out your donut for an actual spare tire at some point, as long as it will fit in the trunk.

How Fast Should You Drive on the Spare?

When you are driving on the temporary spare tire, you need to keep your speed down. It’s not a full tire, and it is not meant to be driven as one. You will want to keep your speed to 50 MPH or below. Since you can’t go above 50, this means that you cannot drive on the highway with it.

How Long Can You Use the Temporary Spare Tire?

You should only use the temporary spare tire for emergencies. If you use the spare tire for too long, there is a good chance it will end up flat. In fact, you should only use the spare to drive for about 50 miles at most. However, before you use the spare, check with your manufacturer to see the recommended mileage – it could be more or less.

What Is the Correct Air Pressure?

You will want to check the manual to find the correct pressure for your spare tire. In most cases, it should be inflated at 60 psi. It’s a good idea to check the pressure in your tire on occasion, just so you do not try to use it one day only to find out that it doesn’t have enough tire pressure.

Make sure you have a spare that’s always ready to go so you aren’t stranded in the middle of nowhere. You can contact YourMechanic with questions regarding or help with the installation of a spare tire.


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Nicholas

11 years of experience
585 reviews
Nicholas
11 years of experience
Toyota Camry V6-3.0L - Spare Tire Installation - Knightdale, North Carolina
Nicholas finished an earlier appointment which enabled him to come by earlier than originally scheduled. I'm very grateful he chose to reschedule. While replacing a flat with my donut spare, he instructed me on how to safely drive to the tire shop for the repair. More importantly to have the shop add air to the donut spare. Nicholas did an excellent job. He as very professional. Thank you
Ford E-150 Econoline - Spare Tire Installation - Durham, North Carolina
I was VERY pleased with Nicholas' expertise and was more than delighted that he was so prompt. He was very polite and friendly, and he did a marvelous job. If I ever need any repairs to my vehicle in the future, I would definitely ask for Nicholas.

Luis

29 years of experience
91 reviews
Luis
29 years of experience
Toyota Prius L4-1.5L Hybrid - Spare Tire Installation - Prospect Heights, Illinois
Luis attended my car today and help in fixing the issue quickly. He is nice and friendly guy. I will recommend him for any services.

Hugh

11 years of experience
106 reviews
Hugh
11 years of experience
Toyota FJ Cruiser V6-4.0L - Spare Tire Installation - Castle Rock, Colorado
Hugh came to change out a flat tire for my spare today. I have to say that I feel sheepish for calling someone to come help because I know how to change a tire but I was at work and on shift until 2 am and he came to my place of work. Instead of just installing my spare, he took the time to evaluate the situation. I had a nail in my tire and he took the tire to get patched and my vehicle drove better on my way home than when I left this morning. It was snowing sideways when he showed up to help me. He was a bit of a godsend in the moment and I would recommend him to anyone. I was just distressed because I did not have enough tip to give this guy for overachieving when I needed it. Huge five star review. I only hope to pay his generosity forward. He was more than worth the cost and he did a phenomenal job.

Jonathan

26 years of experience
88 reviews
Jonathan
26 years of experience
Honda Civic L4-1.7L - Spare Tire Installation - Smyrna, Georgia
Jonathan was very punctual, friendly, and transparent. He clearly explained everything he did and provided detail about any additional work he recommended. Great work!

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