What is the Difference Between a Compact and Full-Size Spare Tire?

Finding yourself stranded on the side of the road with a flat tire is bad enough, but it’s much worse when you discover your spare is flat too. If you check your spare as part of your routine maintenance to make sure that its full and in good shape along with the jack, you won’t find yourself in this situation. You may choose between two spare tire types for your passenger car – a compact temporary or full-size spare. If you’re driving a larger vehicle, such as an SUV or pick-up truck, you will need a full-size spare.

A compact spare is recommended for emergency use only. It is much smaller and has more limited tread than a regular tire. The vehicle’s handling will be reduced, and as a result, speeds should also be reduced. If you have a full-size spare, it is the same as your regular tires, and will handle in the same manner. Just be careful to remember that you need to repair the flat.

If you’re in the El Reno area and have questions about the best tire for your vehicle, stop in to our service center here at Diffee Ford.

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