How Long Can You Drive on a Spare Tire?

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All of a sudden you’ve got a flat, and you’re stranded on the side of the road in Clovis. Fortunately, many vehicles come with a spare tire that you can utilize, so get you back on the road before you can visit an Acura tire technician for assistance. With that being said, there are two kinds of spare tires that your vehicle may have, resulting in different mileage limits that you can drive on them.

So, how long can you drive on a spare tire before needing to schedule Acura service? Full-sized spares can be driven on like a normal tire whereas many space-save spare tires can only be driven for around 70 miles. Learn all about driving on your spare tires today with Fresno Acura, and be sure to visit our Acura repair center regularly to ensure that your tires are in tip-top condition!

Driving on a Space-Save Spare Tire

If your normal Acura tires have gotten a flat, you may have a space-saver spare that can simply help you get to the nearest Acura tire center. Space-saver spares are also known as a “donut” spare and are typically smaller than your regular tires.

The main indentation of a space-saver spare is to provide you with enough driving distance so that you can get to an Acura service department safely. Most spare tires have a mileage limit, so you’ll want to reference your owner’s manual for specifics. Here are some additional reasons why you should only drive to the nearest Acura repair center if you’ve got a space-saver spare tire on:

  • Most space-saver spare tires have a speed restriction of around 50 mph.
  • There are driving distance limits to space-saver spare tires.
  • Space-saver spare tires also have less traction when driving on Madera roads.

Driving on a Full-Sized Spare Tire

If you’ve changed your spare tire with a full-sized spare, there’s likely no need to visit an Acura tire center right away. Full-sized spare tires are typically the same as the tires that are already on your vehicle. As a result, you can drive around Visalia normally if you’ve put on a full-sized spare tire. However, you may still need to stop by our Acura service center for the following reasons even if you have a full-sized spare:

  • The spare tire is a different brand than the rest of the tires on your vehicle.
  • The spare tire has more/less traction than the other tires on your vehicle.
  • The TPMS light is on because the spare tire has no TPMS sensor.

Does Your Vehicle Have Run-Flat Tires?

If you’re not finding any kind of spare tire on your vehicle, it’s possible that you may have run-flat tires. Run-flat tires are designed to maintain air pressure even after they’ve been punctured. The benefit of run-flat tires is that you won’t have to get your hands dirty to replace your tires. However, the downside is that there are driving distances you need to follow with run-flat tires. If you notice that your run-flat tire has been punctured, you’ll want to visit an Acura repair center as soon as possible to get new tires. Some things to remember with run-flat tires include:

  • Most run-flat tires can be driven for around 50 miles after a puncture.
  • They offer better protection against punctures vs. spare tires.
  • They are typically more expensive than regular tires.

Visit Our Acura Tire Center Today in Fresno!

Our Acura tire technicians at Fresno Acura are more than happy to help you find the right set of tires for your ride. Whether you need help with replacing your spare tires, or you’re not sure whether you have run-flat tires or not, be sure to get in touch with us today for further assistance!


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