What is the difference between a compact temporary and a full-size spare tire?

Most cars have a compact spare tire stored in the trunk of passenger cars, for use during an emergency. These donuts, though, are not meant as permanent replacements. Because of their specifications, it's only safe to use them for a limited amount of time.

A spare, or "donut" tire is smaller than a standard one. It needs to be, in order to fit in your trunk. Since they're smaller, spares have a speed limitation. When you're using one, you'll need to drive more slowly for safety reasons.

Larger vehicles, such as trucks and SUVs, are positioned so high off the ground that they require a full-sized spare tire. The spare tires in these vehicles do not have the same limitations as those in coupes and sedans.

If you're relying on a donut and need a new tire, contact us at Sheehy Nissan of Glen Burnie. We love helping drivers stay safe on our roads!
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