The spare tire is an important part of the vehicle, and often times it is one of the most overlooked parts. The spare tire is essential in order to help you reach your destination if a regular tire goes flat unexpectedly. There are some tips and things to know about the spare tire so you can be well prepared for if you might have to use it. It is also important to go to regularly scheduled maintenances. This way we can inspect parts and components of the vehicle and notice if there is any wear to them. If there is an issue, the problem can be fixed before a larger issue can form. If you are unsure of when regular maintenances should be done, make sure to contact us. We can help to set up a schedule that works for you and your vehicle.
Check the Condition of the Spare Tire
The spare tire should be checked on a regular basis. This can help to ensure it is in the best condition possible for when you might need it. The tread should be inspected to make sure it has an adequate amount in order to grip the road better. If the tire has better tread, it can help to make handling the vehicle easier. This is because with better tread, the chance of the vehicle slipping or sliding can be reduced. Also make sure to check the sidewalls of the tire for any cracks or puncture marks. The spare tire should also be inspected for any signs of dry rot. This is usually caused because the spare tire will become old, with no signs of being used. The air pressure of the spare tire should also be checked on a regular basis. This can help to make sure the spare tire will be ready to use incase you need it. If you are unsure how much air pressure it should have, make sure to consult the owner’s manual for the vehicle. This can provide you with the information of how much air the spare tire should have, as well as the rest of the tires for your vehicle.
Know how to drive on a Spare Tire
Part of safe driving includes knowing how to drive on a spare tire. You will have to adjust some driving habits you have if you have to drive on a spare tire. Ideally, you should drive no further than fifty miles. This is because a spare tire is a temporary solution to an issue. The tire is not designed to be a permanent tire to the vehicle. Also make sure to keep the speed down. Do not drive any faster than fifty miles per hour in speed. Since the spare tire is typically smaller, driving too fast could cause it to blow out or go flat as well.
Make sure you can access the Spare Tire
Besides checking the spare tire, also make sure you are able to get at the spare. If there are any hinges or parts that hold the spare tire in place, make sure to check these. They should be able to move easily if you need to get at the spare tire. We can also inspect the spare tire and connecting parts for you. This can help to ease your mind if you are in a situation where you may need to use the spare tire to drive.