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How Long Can You Drive on a Spare Tire?

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Are you wondering, “How long can you drive on a spare tire?” Spare tires are for short term use, and it’s recommended that you replace your spare with a regular tire as soon as you can get to the nearest service center. But if you’re not near a service center, “How long can I drive on a spare,” is an important thing to know. How long your car will last on a spare depends on what kind of spare tire you have. Most spare tires are smaller, called space-savers, and can only last for short periods. Some SUV and truck models come with more durable regular size tires that can last longer. If you’re like most Nashville car owners, you’ll have the smaller space-saver, which only lasts about 70 miles on Hendersonville roads.


Space-Saver Spare Tire

If you get a flat near Clarksville and get a spare tire and pull out a spare that’s smaller than your other tires, that means you have a space saver or “donut” spare. These spare tires come with restrictions.

  • Don’t drive above 50 miles per hour.
  • Should not be driven on for more than 70 miles.
  • Small spare tires have less traction than normal tires.

Your space saver tire comes with instructions about using the tire and model-specific driving restrictions.

Full-Size Spare

Full-size spare tires last longer than space saver spares but should still be changed as soon as possible because they are usually not the same brand as your truck or SUV, which lowers handling and traction on Franklin roads.

What is a Run-Flat Tire?

Run-flat tires maintain tires pressure after one of your tires is punctured. See below for advantages and disadvantages:

  • Run-flat tires stay inflated for fifty miles after being punctured.
  • They are more durable than regular spare tires and space-saver spares.
  • Run-flat tires are more convenient but cost more than space-savers and regular spare tires.

If you have run-flat tires and get an alert that your tire pressure is low, pull over to the side of the road and check for punctures. Get to your nearest service center as soon as possible to have your tires replaced.

Explore Music City Autoplex Maintenance Tips

Now that you know how long you can drive on a spare tire take advantage of our wealth of information about at-home maintenance. We can walk you through checking the transmission fluid in your car, changing a car battery, and how often you should rotate your tires.

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