How Long Can You Drive on a Spare Tire

How Long Can You Drive on a Spare Tire?
Spare Tires Are Not The Same As Regular Tires


You know how to switch out a flat tire for your spare, but how long can you drive on a spare tire? Is it urgent to go out and buy a new one? Your owner’s manual will tell you to put a new tire on as soon as possible, but is that really necessary?

Is It Necessary To Get A New Tire ASAP?

Short answer: yes. You can drive on the spare tire, sure, but doing it for long creates more problems than it solves. Temporary tires are made smaller and narrower than regular tires to save cargo space and put less weight in your vehicle, which means a few things.

Is My Spare The Same?

For starters, they aren’t as strong as your regular tires. They’re easier to puncture and don’t corner as well, which puts you at risk of another flat or even an accident. If your spare tire goes flat, you’re going to end up wasting money on a tow.

Secondly, the tire is smaller, which means you have less contact with the ground and the traction is reduced, which also makes your brakes and traction control systems work less efficiently. Especially in cold and snowy weather, this puts your safety at risk.

How Far Can I Drive?

You can drive on a spare donut tire for as far as 50 miles, but try to get yourself a new tire or get the old one patched as soon as possible for your own safety and to save money in the long run.


Road Trip Fun for Your Next Vacation

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Games can be a great way to pass the time on long road trips!

Road trips can be a fun way to spend time with family, but they can also be stressful, long, and uncomfortable. To keep things on the positive side, here are some suggestions for road trip fun you can try on your next family vacation.

  • Travel Bingo. Buy a set of these classic cards and keep the kids occupied for a good stretch of road. Kids as young as 3 should be able to play along.
  • AquaDoodle. This mess-free activity uses only water. Your kids draw some of the exciting things they hope to see and do while on vacation.
  • Travel Memory. This game comes with bungee-hinge doors that can’t get lost or come loose in the car. And, you can slip in new cards to keep the game fresh.
  • Hangman. For older kids who know how to spell, try the travel version of this classic game. The letters are attached with bungees and it comes with an attached dry erase market.
  • Boggle. This updated version of the game keeps the letter locked in tight and includes a built-in timer. It is geared towards kids ages 10 and up.
  • TableTopics. This game includes 135 cards with great questions, ranging from funny to thought-provoking. They are sure to get some conversation started while on the road.

Are you going to get any of these games for your next road trip?


How to Choose the Right Pair of Sunglasses This Summer

A pair of sunglasses offers many functions.


First and foremost: sunglasses are cool, and no one disputes it. But more importantly, sunglasses can increase your visibility when driving, and they can protect your eyes and the skin around your eyes from the sun. Both great pluses when out on the road.

Choose the Right Pair of Sunglasses


Given all that they can do for you, it’s important to choose the right pair of sunglasses. You want sunglasses that will reduce glare, fit your face, and protect you from UV rays. Going into a store with these in mind are invaluable assets.


Typically, polarized sunglasses do the best to reduce glare and are a must-buy for the beach and for the snow, though most sunglasses will effectively shield you from the brightness on an average day.


However – not all sunglasses really protect you from UV light, which can cause cataracts, wrinkles, and more. You need protection from both UVA and UVB light, so be sure to find a pair that promises 100% protection from each type. It’s for your health, we promise.


And if you keep a spare pair of sunglasses in your car, we promise you will never regret it! For more warm-weather driving tips, contact us or visit us anytime at Parks Mazda.


The Benefits of Ride Sharing: Tips for Carpooling

With rising fuel costs, carpooling is becoming a great way to save big when it comes to your commute. Plus, carpooling reduces greenhouse emissions and introduces you to new people. That’s why we’ve put together a list of tips for carpooling.

According to Drive Less Save More, carpooling can save you hundreds, even thousands of dollars in gas over a year. It also reduces stress, and allows you to relax when it is not your time to drive. It gives families some slack, allowing them to cut back to one car, or no cars. Finally, carpooling builds friendships and strengthens communities, all while eliminating pollution.

Tips for Carpooling

Always establish ground rules when carpooling, and make everyone sign and agree to them. This includes meeting times, food and smoking rules, as well as radio and A/C heating rules. Most carpools let the driver decide, so rules may vary. Just make sure you don’t get into any awkward power struggle scenarios.

Be accommodating. Some individuals may need to drive a little further or a little less. Being flexible is the key to a successful carpool. Make everyone feel at home, and try to understand everyone’s perspective.

Finally, be friendly! Carpooling is a great way to get to know fellow coworkers or neighbors. In addition to making gridlock more enjoyable, carpooling is a great way to meet people.

When you’re wondering how to spice up your morning and even drives, this list should make it a bit easier.