How Long Can I Drive on a Spare Tire?

Spare Tire

If you’ve just dealt with a flat, the question on your mind is likely, “How long can I drive on a spare tire?” Sid Dillon Hyundai is here to offer the service tips and tricks you need to take the stress out of car ownership. So, how long can you drive on a spare tire? A full-size spare gives you the most mileage, but a typical space-saver spare offers about 70 miles of driving at most. Review our guide below to learn more about caring for your tires on the Seward streets.



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

If you’re not sure what type of spare tire you have, take a look at its size. If the spare seems smaller than your standard tires, you have a space-saver tire or “donut” spare. These tires come equipped on many vehicles since they can be handy when you have a flat in Omaha. Wondering, “How long can I drive on a spare tire if it’s not full-size?” consider the following: 

  • Spares cannot be driven over 50 miles per hour
  • Spare tires shouldn’t be driven for more than 70 miles
  • You’ll have less traction than with a full-size spare

If there are any other restrictions for your donut spare, you should see them listed on the tire itself. After changing your tire and putting on a spare, you’ll want to head to our service center near Crete right away to have your tire repaired or to get a new tire. 

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

While full-size spare tires aren’t generally a stock inclusion for most vehicles, many new trucks and SUVs are equipped with them. Full-size spares can be used longer than a space-saver tire, but you’ll still want to visit us for an inspection. Tires that sit for too long can develop issues, so you want to be certain that your traction and handling are up to par. 

What is a Run-Flat Tire?

If you have run-flat tires, you’ll be able to drive even after a puncture. These tires offer the following pros and cons:

  • Stays inflated for roughly 50 miles following a puncture 
  • More resistant to damage than a space-saver tire or full-size spare
  • Often more expensive than a standard tire

While run-flat tires give you enough driving time to get to a service center, you don’t want to spend too long driving after a puncture. Visit our service center for a tire check if you’ve damaged your run-flat tire. 

Rely On Sid Dillon Hyundai for More Tire Care Advice

Sid Dillon Hyundai is here to help you handle all of your automotive concerns. Not only can we help you understand driving on a spare, but we offer tips on tire rotation and tire pressure as well! We make it easier than ever to care for your vehicle. Visit us in Lincoln if you need service today!


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