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

It’s important to keep your vehicle equipped with a spare tire. You have a couple of options for your passenger vehicle. One is a full-size spare, which is just another regularly sized tire. The other alternative is a compact temporary, sometimes called a donut.

A compact temporary is only intended to be used with passenger cars because it isn’t large enough to hold an SUV or pickup truck. It’s also only to be used as an emergency fix to get you off the road and to a service station. Since a compact tire has limited tread, driving on it should only be at slower speeds. A full-size spare, on the other hand, is an extra tire like the others in your set. You won’t want to drive on it and forget that you have one that needs to be repaired, though.

We can answer any questions you have about the right tire for your situation. Be sure and stop in to our Chevrolet parts center the next time you're in Houston, Texas.

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