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

When your vehicle has a flat tire and you’re stuck on the side of the road, the objective is to get moving to a safe location as quickly as possible. That’s why it’s important to always have a spare and a jack. There are a couple of alternatives for a passenger car spare tire. You may opt for a donut, or compact temporary, or you might prefer to keep a full-size spare on hand.

A donut is smaller than a full-size tire, and it can only be used on a passenger vehicle. It has limited tread, so you need to remember to drive it at slower speeds. When you put the compact tire on, you should use it just long enough to get to a service station. A full-size spare, however, is just an extension of your regular set. The situation here is that you may forget you have a tire that needs to be repaired.

When you’re in Portland, OR, don’t hesitate to stop in to MINI of Portland and speak with one of our knowledgeable auto parts technicians about the right tire for your vehicle.

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