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.


What to Look for in a Used Car


Used Car

Deciding what vehicle to purchase is one of the most important financial decisions that you have to make. You car is important for getting to work, going on dates, picking up your kids, and going on vacations, just to name a few things. Unfortunately, not all dealerships that sell used cars have your best interests in mind, so here are a few tips to help you make the best possible choice.


Choosing Between a Dealer and a Private Party


If you don’t want to deal with the hassle of looking over a car and taking it in to have it looked at by a mechanic, a dealer may be a better choice. Many dealers offer certified pre-owned cars that have been inspected and have a warranty, so it takes a lot of risk out of your purchase.


Have Options


Avoid purchasing the first car that you find. While it may be tempting to simply get it out of the way, getting a sense for other cars in your price range will help you better determine whether or not it’s the right car for you.


Do What’s Right for You


Most importantly, don’t ever let anyone pressure you into buying something that you don’t really want. You don’t owe anything to anyone no matter how much time they’ve invested in you. Do your research, and get the car that’s best for you.


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.



Spring Car Maintenance Tips That Your Car Will Thank You For

With spring finally making it way in, it’s time to thank our cars for their hard work through what was an exceptionally cold winter. This week we’ll go over some spring maintenance tips to help make sure your car continues to run well for you. First we will go over some tips that you can do yourself, and then some that will take a skilled technician to ensure there are no issues.

  1. Tire Pressure: Cold weather can reduce the amount of air you have in your tires so it’s important to check your air pressure and refill the tires based on your cars recommended level.
  2. Fluid Levels: Chances are that many of your fluid levels became depleted after the long winter so it’s important to check the levels of your transmission fluid, brake fluid, antifreeze, and windshield wiper fluid to ensure they are sit at the recommended levels.
  3. Windshield Wipers: The best time to replace your wipers is early spring and then again early fall, so that they are fresh for the weather change.
  4. Belts and hoses:  Check the belts and hoses for any cracks or breaks that may have been caused from the cold weather and have them replaced as necessary.
  5. Battery and Wires:  With the cold weather these parts have to work harder in order to give that spark to your engine to run, so it’s important to test the battery for its charge level and the wires for any breaks.  
  6. Brakes:  This item would be best examined by a skilled technician to check your brake pads, hoses and brake lines.
  7. Suspension and Alignment: With all the potholes created from the winter, it’s a good idea to have your suspension and alignment checked for wear and leaks that could lead to bigger problems.
    Keep your fluid levels at recommended levels
    Keep your fluid levels at recommended levels


Hope you found these tips to be helpful in keeping your car up and running, so that it can continue to get you where you’re going. Here at Parks Mazda, we can provide you the service to ensure your car stays with you!