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Types of spare tyres

There are several different types of spare tyre to choose from, each with their own benefits:

Full-size matching spare

What is it?

A full-size tyre that matches the current ones on your vehicle. If you're using a full-size matching tyre as your spare, remember to make it part of your vehicle's tyre rotation pattern.

PROS

  • Maintains the aesthetics of your car.
  • Unlike temporary tyres, you wont have to drive straight to a garage to get a full-size replacement.

CONS

  • Takes up storage space if there ιs not a place for it.
  • When its time to buy replacement tyres you will need 5 rather than 4 if you have rotated all 5 of the original tyres.

 

Full-size non-matching spare

What is it?

A full-size tyre that may have a different wheel and be a different size to those you already have. If you have one of these it shouldnt be a part of your vehicle's tyre rotation pattern.

Note: please check that this is permitted under law. Some national legislation may require you to have identical tyres fitted on the same axle.

PROS
  • Unlike temporary tyres, you wont have to drive straight to a garage to get a full-size replacement.

CONS

  • Takes up storage space if theres not a place for it.
  • Might look different to your other tyres.

Full-size temporary spare

What is it?

A lightweight tyre with a shallow tread depth. It should match your vehicle's tyre size specifications but you should only use it as a spare.

PROS

  • Because they are full-size, they generally don't interfere with ABS, all-wheel drive or traction control.
  • Lightweight construction won't add a lot of weight to your vehicle.

CONS

  • Still require a full-size amount of storage space and must still be considered temporary.

 

Compact temporary spare

What is it?

A lightweight tyre with a shallow tread depth. Its smaller than both standard and temporary spare tyres and requires a higher inflation pressure  generally 60 psi.

PROS

  • Doesn't require the storage space of a full-size matching spare.

CONS

  • Can impair certain vehicle features like ABS, traction control, and even speedometer operation.
  • Intended for limited and restricted usage to get you to a garage or to your dealer.

Folding temporary spare

An inflatable or collapsible temporary spare tyre.

PROS

  • Takes up the least amount of storage space of the various spare tyre options.

CONS

  • A little more difficult to use as it has to be inflated with either an air pump or a canister.
  • Intended for limited and restricted usage to get you to a garage or to your dealer.

Goodyear has also developed RunOnFlat tyres.

You can use these tyres if your tyres are losing air, or even when they are fully deflated. They have a maximum speed when deflated of 50mph/80kph and can be used for up to 50 miles/80km.

Buying a spare tyre

Not all new vehicles come with a spare tyre, so you might want to consider purchasing one when you buy your car. Dont forget that you can always an expert for advice if you are not sure what kind of spare tyre is right for you. 

Driving on a spare tyre

Before you use your spare tyre, remember to:

  • Make sure its been properly inflated.
  • Inspect it for damage or punctures to the tread and sidewall.
  • Watch your speed  follow the instructions from your vehicle and tyre manufacturer regarding your speed as well as driving distance.
  • Use it only to get as far as a garage or dealer. A spare tyre (other than a full size matching spare tyre) is a temporary solution.

 

Storing & using a spare tyre

When choosing a spare tyre, think about where you αre going to store it. See our list of spare tyre types above to get an idea on the amount of space required for each.

Chances are, if you need to use your spare tyre, you'll need to know how to change the flat in the first place.