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Spare tires are required equipment, but you can’t use them forever

By Product Expert | Posted in Tips and Tricks on Wednesday, October 17th, 2018 at 1:05 pm
A stock photo of a person putting a donut spare tire on their vehicle.

How long can I drive on a spare tire?

Flat tires and tire blowouts are almost unavoidable in a driver’s career. Most vehicles today, including most, if not all new Honda models available at Meridian Honda, will use a so-called space-saver spare or donut. These humble accessories are often overlooked, but they are truly incredible pieces of automotive engineering. However, there are some differences between a donut and a regular tire that are important for drivers to understand. If you’re wondering, ‘How long can I drive on a spare tire,’ Meridian Honda has the answer. The rule of thumb for spares is that they shouldn’t be driven for more than 70 miles at speeds no faster than 50 miles per hour. Let’s take a look at what else you should know.

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The most common type of spare tire in use today is the space-saver or donut spare. These are great because they are light and easily stowed out of the way. Just like everything else in life, the shift away from full-size spares to donuts also comes with a major trade-off – they aren’t meant to last forever. The rubber used in the spares is thinner and the tread depth isn’t as substantial as on a regular tire. This means they won’t hold up as long. Since donuts aren’t designed to be a permanent solution, prolonged use can cause additional wear and tear on several components.

Additionally, driving on a donut may also affect how a vehicle handles around turns or during braking.

What are run-flat tires?

Another option available to drivers is to use run-flat tires. Like their name implies, run-flat tires are designed to be useful after they lose pressure. Instead of riding on air, the vehicle is supported by a structure within the tire. According to the best information available, run-flat tires have about the same 50-mile range as donuts. While having run-flats mean a driver won’t have to carry a spare in the trunk, the trade-off with this option is that they can be on the pricey end of the spectrum.

If it’s time to think about getting new tires, the Meridian Honda Service Department stocks and sells options to fit almost every need and budget. Make an appointment today.

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John Halbrook
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Big thanks to Kelly Watson, Kelly Pollard and Douglas Davis! We had a wonderful experience buying our van! Great service!
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I had the best ever car buying experience! Kelly Watson was friendly, funny, never pushy, and so very patient with me.
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The absolute best place to have a car serviced! I love Meridian Honda!
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I've really enjoyed dealing with Adam on my last 3 Hondas The thing I like best about my new 2016 CRV is the back-up screen!!!
Wilda Gibson
I think it is an all around good business to buy a car from! The service department is absolutely wonderful, the staff is kind and caring, and they can fix your car faster than u ever thought
Lauren Pollard
Just wanted to say "Thank you!" for verifying an issue with a tire on my daughter's 2007 Honda Civic as I was driving her from the greater Houston area to Charlotte (and her on to Virginia). The Service team was friendly, accommodating, communicative at every step and if we lived anywhere close, I'd bring vehicles in there for service. Thanks again for taking care of ... us today on our travels!
Jon Walk
Caring and professional work. The people were friendly. Would recommend to everyone. I have always had a very good experience.
Came in for an oil change and tire rotation and Josh let me know a couple more things that needed to be done.
Noone was pushy, they listened to what I wanted. They were very fair to deal with. My time in and out was fast.
Fast and Friendly to the most satisfactory degree. Always ready to do what is needed and always referenced me as to the work done or needed.
Friendly staff, great service. Purchased 3 Hondas here and use them for all my service and tire needs. Sales and service are the best.
I just liked when I pulled up everybody was so friendly I love the clean building the service was excellent the service was long they were very prompt I just enjoyed my service
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Can get in and out very quickly. Enjoy the coffee and friendly staff while I am waiting. Don't mind having my car serviced.
I was treated with respect, kelp up to date on repair. My salesman, Kelly Watson, was most helpful. I am always treated like I am a very special person!

Welcome to Meridian Honda in Meridian, MS

Honda has become the most-trusted brand in America. Meridian Honda seeks to follow this example and become the most-trusted dealership in the Meridian area. From our sales team, to our service department and body shop, we want our customers from the past, present and future to be confident knowing they will receive the highest level of care and respect when they visit Meridian Honda.

Our team at Meridian Honda is excited to get to know each of our customers on a personal level. At Meridian Honda, you will be able to browse an extensive selection of Honda cars, trucks, SUV's, vans and crossovers. This includes all of the headliners from the Honda model lineup, such as the Accord, Civic, CR-V and Pilot. In addition to our inventory of new vehicles, Meridian Honda is home to many top-quality pre-owned models from Honda and other brands. Take a look around our website to learn more about everything we have to offer at Meridian Honda. We look forward to your visit!