Compact vs. Full-Size Spare: Know the Differences

Most of us have had to change a tire at some point, and depending on what kind of vehicle you have, you probably have either a full-size spare tire or a compact temporary tire. It is important to note that these are two very different kinds of tires.

A compact temporary (or "doughnut") tire is rated for about 50 miles of travel maximum. They are not designed for extended use and going further on one really puts your safety at risk.

A full-size spare tire is basically just a 5th tire that you carry around with you. Since it is the same size as the other four that you normally ride on, you can go as far as you like on it and get your other tire repaired at your leisure.

If you have any questions about your spare tire, then feel free to contact one of the experts from the auto parts division of the Lithia Auto Stores soon.

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