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Only drive as far as you must until it’s safe to pull off the road. You don’t want to drive on a flat too long or you could damage the tire and even the rim, leading to even more costly repairs. So, the answer to, “can I drive on a flat tire” is mostly no.
An exception to this is if the damaged tire is a “run flat tire”, which are tires that are built to drive on zero tire pressure for a short distance in the event of a flat. So, once you’re able to get the spare on, you’ve bought yourself a bit more time, but how much?
Spare (Or Donut) Tire Is On, Now What?
After you’ve replaced your flat tire with the spare, it’s easy to wonder: how long can you drive on a spare tire? Remember the rule of 50. You shouldn’t drive more than 50 miles on a temporary tire, if possible, and you shouldn’t drive more than 50 mph either. Spares are not meant to replace a tire and are exactly as they sound – temporary.
Here’s the scoop on why: Their design has far less traction and durability than a standard tire, so keep those mph low or you’ll have a very harsh ride.
Let’s Talk About Different Spares For Different Needs.
Compact and mid-size cars:
SUVs, crossovers, and trucks:
Now that we know “how long can you drive on a spare tire?”, let’s go over how to make those miles last. Driving safely is extremely important for both donuts and full-sized spares.
Here are three best practices:
1. Check the tire pressure regularly when it isn’t in use.
2. Give yourself extra space and time to brake.
3. Replace your spare when necessary.
Always follow the OEM (original equipment manufacturer) spare tire usage and pressure recommendations.
Visit any of the 2,000+ locations nationwide and a trained technician will inspect your tire tread (depth and condition), sidewalls (both inner and outer), and pressure. You can count on Jiffy Lube to help keep you safely on the road.
Now that you’ve answered “how long can you drive on a spare tire?”, you can become better acquainted with tire pressure here.
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