Spare tires are not only a legal requirement, but can be a lifesaver. You may never need the spare tire, but if the time comes that you do, make sure it’s in good condition and roadworthy.
If you have a flat tire, it will affect the handling of your car and also your petrol consumption. It can be caused by a slow puncture or damage to the tire. You should however be aware that a flat or damaged tire, especially if you are losing air quickly, can be very dangerous. Especially if it causes a blow-out on a busy highway. If you are traveling on a long journey, or know that it may be many miles until you can repair the puncture or re-inflate the tire, using the spare tire may be your best and safest option.
In most states it is illegal to drive a vehicle without having a spare tire that is roadworthy. In some states it is also illegal to sell a car without providing a spare tire. If you want to avoid any difficulty, make sure your vehicle complies with all legal requirements. Make sure you have a spare tire that is in good condition and inflated to the right pressure. Don’t get caught out. You should also make sure you know where the spare tire is, and keep a jack in the car in case you need to replace it yourself.
Is good to keep a temporary or mini spare tire in your vehicle. If this is the case, be aware that these tires usually only last around 50 miles. If you are traveling a long distance, look after your tires and keep safe.