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Nashua drivers wondering, "how long can I drive on a spare tire?", are in the right place. When you experience a blowout and put on that spare, you shouldn't put more than 70 miles on it. Spares are intended to give you a little extra time to get to the Audi Stratham garage for a tire replacement. That said, the answer to the question, "how long can I drive on a spare?" is a little complex because there are different types of spare tires. 

Read on to learn more about your options, and then reach out to Audi Stratham for help with tire and spare tire replacement. If you have any more general auto service questions, be sure to check out our service and parts tips for more info about tire care or give us a call. 

Space-Saver Spare Tire 

How long can you drive on a spare? That depends on what type of spare tire you're planning to use on Manchester roads. The first spare tire we'll cover is called a space-saver spare. If your spare is smaller than your normal tires, you know you have this type, although you may be more familiar with it as a "donut." Next time you have to use one, keep these restrictions in mind. 

  • Cannot be driven over 50 miles per hour
  • Shouldn't be driven for more than 70 miles
  • Less traction than with a full-size spare

Full-Size Spare

When it comes to determining how long you can drive on a spare tire, you'll have to know whether or not you're driving a full-size spare. These are less commonly used than donuts, but they last much longer. To be clear, a full-size spare is simply a regular tire. 

However, Concord drivers trying to understand how long you can drive on a spare should note that since this "regular tire" is new, doesn't have the same amount of wear, and may be a different brand than the other tires, it will throw off your vehicle's traction. You should get it replaced asap to optimize the safety of your drive. 

What is a Run-Flat Tire?

Finally, Portsmouth drivers wanting to know how long they can drive on a spare tire should investigate run-flat tires. These can maintain pressure for up to 50 minutes after a puncture. They're tougher than a space-saver or a full spare. The downside is that they are more expensive. 

More Tire Care Advice

Now you know how long you can drive on a spare tire. If you're looking for more information about tire care, you're in need of replacements, or you're looking for competitively priced Audi tires, contact our tire center for help. Be sure to browse through our rotating parts specials to see if we're having any tire specials, and if you're gearing up for icy roads, don't forget to read our guide on winterizing your tire set and wheels. We look forward to helping you get back on the road with confidence and style.