How Long Can You Drive on a Spare Tire?

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If you're wondering, "How long can I drive on a spare?", Glenwood Springs Subaru has the answer. You will want to replace your spare tire as soon as possible, but the actual mileage amount will depend on the type of spare you have. A full-size spare gives you additional time and mileage, but smaller space-saver tires will have to get replaced within 70 miles at most. Learn more about spare tire safety info today.

Space-Saver Spare Tire

If you notice that your spare is smaller than your regular tires, you have a space-saver spare, or "donut" spare. These tires are included on many new Subaru vehicles, but they do come with restrictions.

  • Cannot be driven over 50 miles per hour
  • Less traction than with a full-size spare
  • Shouldn't be driven for more than 70 miles


Your space-saver spare will list any extra usage restrictions on the tire. It's recommended that you visit our Glenwood Springs service center as soon as possible to repair your old tire, or to purchase a new one.

Full-Size Spare

A full-size spare is less common, but they are sometimes included with new trucks and SUVs. These can be used longer than a space-saver spare, but you will want to get the tire replaced as soon as possible. It's unlikely that it will be the same brand as your other tires, and this can cause poor handling and traction. Since it's brand new, it will not have the same amount of wear as your other tires. It's best to visit Glenwood Springs Subaru to find a tire that offers a better fit.

What is a Run-Flat Tire?

Run-flat tires can maintain pressure even after a puncture. There are advantages and disadvantages:

  • Remains inflated for about 50 miles following a puncture
  • Tougher than a space-saver tire or full-size spare
  • Often costs more than a standard tire

If you are using run-flat tires, and your tire pressure monitor shows that it's running low, stop and carefully inspect your tires. A visible puncture on a run-flat tire means you need to visit the service center at Glenwood Springs Subaru to repair or replace it.

Get More Tire Care Advice at Glenwood Springs Subaru

For more helpful information on tires or how to jump start your car, contact Glenwood Springs Subaru. Our service center offers a great selection of new tires specifically designed to fit your Subaru vehicle.

Glenwood Springs Subaru

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Directions Glenwood Springs, CO 81601

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