Tire blowouts and flats, even when we take every precaution, are not totally unavoidable. This is the time when we depend on our spare tire the most, but are we sure it’s ready to perform when needed? Santa Ana Body Shop takes a look at some of the spare tire do’s and don’ts to make sure your spare tire is ready and dependable when you need it most:
Do: Practice Installing Your Spare
What could be worse than being stranded on the side of the highway? Fumbling to remove your deflated front passenger tire to replace it with the spare. Don’t let this happen to you. They say practice makes perfect. Try practicing the steps to install your spare at home, before a blowout or flat tire happens.
Do: Include Your Spare in Your Regular Tire Inspections
Most people know the importance of checking your tires on a regular basis. This includes checking air pressure, treads, and signs of wear. This is a great opportunity to check the spare as well.
Do: Keep the Necessary Tools to Change Your Tire in Your Vehicle
While your vehicle may come equipped with a spare tire, do you have the other necessary tools to change it? This includes a car jack, a wrench properly sized to fit your lug nuts, a reflective warning triangle, and flashlight. Optional tools include flares to warn other drivers when you’re stranded and gloves.
Don’t: Drive on a Compact Spare for an Extended Period of Time
Because the use of spare tires is not that common, tire manufacturers began making the spare smaller to accommodate more space in or on the vehicle. These spares were not built to withstand the conditions that a normal, full-sized tire takes. Their air capacity is smaller, and they cannot stand the heat of the roads as well. Given this, spare tires should not be driven on for extended periods of time. You should replace your old tire as soon as possible, as well as your spare.
Don’t: Drive on Compact Spares at Excessive Speeds
As stated above, many spare tires are not built to withstand the strenuous road conditions regular-sized tires can. Because of this, it is recommended that when using a compact spare you do not drive in excess of 55MPH.
Do: Know Your Tires
This advice goes for both your regular tires and your spare. Some newer model vehicles come with tubeless tires, which have continuous ribs molded into the bead of the tire. They are forced by the pressure of the air inside the tire to seal with the metal rim of the wheel.” In other words, they don’t deflate like normal tires, making the need for spares nearly obsolete. It’s important to know your tires so that you can find the most efficient way to handle any mishaps.
Santa Ana Body Shop understands that even the most careful drivers cannot avoid problems with their tires. However, drivers who understand the basic do’s and don’ts are better able to understand how to solve a problem if one arises. Santa Ana Auto Shop is a leading name in auto body and repair in the Houston, Texas, area. Give us a call at our West 34th St location at (713) 956-0524 or our Jones Road location at (281) 916-2001 to get started today!