How Long Can I Drive on a Spare Tire?

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If you have the unfortunate luck of getting a flat tire on the roads of Muncie, then you can rest assured knowing that your spare tire can at least get you to your home or a Toyota service center with ease. If you’re wondering how long can you drive on a spare tire, though, Toyota of Muncie is here to answer this often-asked question.

In general, you want to replace your spare tire as soon as possible, but different types of spare tires can last longer than others. Learn more about how long you can drive on a spare tire with Toyota of Muncie, and visit our tire center to get yourself a new set of quality Toyota tires.

What Are Space-Saver Tires?

If you get a flat tire around Anderson and your spare is smaller than your normal tires, then you have a space-saver spare. Also known as a “donut” spare, these tires are included with many new vehicles, but they come with restrictions:

  • Space-savers tires cannot be driven over 50 miles per hour.
  • Donut tires shouldn’t be driven for more than 70 miles.
  • Space-saver tires have less traction than with a full-size spare, so if you’re driving in inclement weather, it’s best to get a new tire as soon as possible.

It’s always a good idea to check your space-saver tire to see if it has any specific instructions for your brand. Remember, too, that you can easily schedule a service appointment to buy a new tire and have it put on your car here at Toyota of Muncie.

What is a Full-Size Spare Tire?

As its name suggests, a full-size spare is a tire that’s the same size as your other tires. If you’re wondering “How long can I drive on a spare tire if it’s full-sized?” the answer may surprise you! While full-size spares can be driven on for longer than space-saver tires, it’s still best to get a new tire as soon as possible because they may not be the same brand or the same season as your current tires. Full-size spare tires are not commonly sold with new vehicles, but some new trucks and SUVs may come with them. If you’re driving a car around Pendleton with a space-saver tire and you want a full-size spare instead, you can easily buy one from Toyota of Muncie!

What is a Run-Flat Tire?

A run-flat tire is a tire that has a supportive system of rings within the tire that are built to resist the effects of deflation if the tire is punctured. Run-flat tires are innovative, but they do come with some restrictions. Read the advantages and restrictions of run-flat tires below:

  • Run-flat tires can remain intact for about 50 miles following a puncture.
  • These tires are tougher than a space-saver tire or full-size spare.
  • Run-flat tires often cost more than a standard tire.
  • Run-flat tires must be driven at reduced speeds, usually under 50 MPH.

Run-flat tires are useful to have if you ever puncture a tire since they provide added support and don’t require you to change to a spare immediately. However, like spare tires, they should be replaced as soon as possible to ensure your safety behind the wheel.

Get More Tire Care Advice From Toyota of Muncie

If you need a new set of tires or even a new spare, you can count on the service team at Toyota of Muncie to help you find the right tire replacement for your vehicle. Make sure to browse our service coupons and parts specials to see if you can get new tires at a discounted price, and feel free to contact us if you have any questions, like how to reset your tire pressure light or what’s included in your Toyota 30,000 mile service if needed. You can also visit our parts department online or in Muncie for tire replacement or even smaller services like Toyota key fob battery replacement.

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