Driving On A Spare, Here Are Few Things To Consider

A car is both an important asset and an important tool for a person. Owning a car could considerably reduce the commuting time of a person, but a car is nothing more than a complex, four-wheeled machine, and what is a machine if it doesn’t break down occasionally?

One of the most common “break down” that a car suffers that of a “tire puncture”, the only solution to which is driving on spare tire till one reaches a repair shop. The most frustrating part of getting a “flat” tire is that it’s not even the car’s or driver’s fault, just sheer bad luck of the driver.

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Types of spare tires

Fortunately, manufacturers know about this misfortune very well, so they provide a spare tire, a fifth wheel with the car along with the tools to fix it after all a car needs all its four wheels to run.

Depending upon the price and the type of car you purchase there are four possibilities of a spare tire-

  • Matching full-size spare tire – if you own an SUV or a truck, the chances are that you will get a matching full-size spare like the ones currently employed in the vehicle.
  • Non-Matching full-size spare – These spare tires have the same radius as the tires employed, thus the exact size, in the car but vary in thickness and the height of rubber section ,for e.g, R15 200/160 tire can have a spare of R15 150/140 (where 150 is the width, and 140 is the rubber section in millimetres).

  • “Donut tires” or non-matching smaller tire – Such spares vary in radius, thickness and rubber profile from the employed tires. Usually, they are issued when the car does not have enough boot space to host a full sized one such as hatchbacks and coupes.
  • No spare at all – Instead of giving one a spare tire one the manufactures include a tire repair kit with the car. Thus instead of driving on a spare, one is forced to repair the damaged tire by himself, which is never a good idea.

Anyways, a spare tire is just a spare tire; thus, it is not advisable to run them too long, even if you have a matching full-size spare.

Since the material of the rim and the rubber on the spare are of inferior quality, the spare tire life is usually half of that of an employed tire. So be cautious on spares, they are spares, and that’s how one should use them as.