How Long Can You Ride a Donut for?

January 24th, 2018 by

Donut tire

If you’ve been driving around on a donut tire, it’s important to get it replaced as soon as possible. Don’t keep driving around Naperville with a donut. Instead, make your way to Valley Honda to get it replaced. Get more information here, and then come see us for fast and easy service from a team of certified professionals.

What is a Donut Tire?

Like a spare tire, a donut tire is a replacement tire that is stored inside your vehicle in case you get a flat tire and need to replace it. Unlike a regular spare tire, though, a donut tire is actually smaller than the regular tires on your vehicle in order to fit into your trunk. Because it’s smaller and less durable, though, it’s important to consider how fast you can drive with a donut as well as how long you can expect one to last.

How Far Can I Drive on a Donut Tire?

Donut tires are only meant to be temporary fixes for a flat tire until you can safety reach a Chicago area service center to get your tire replaced. In general, most donuts should not be driven on for longer than 50-70 miles.

How Fast Can You Drive on a Donut Tire?

Because donuts are smaller than standard tires, they aren’t built to put up with the same stresses — they have little to no tread, and are more of a stopgap than anything. And since they’re smaller than your vehicle’s other tires, they have to spin faster to keep up with the moving vehicle. Because of all that, you shouldn’t drive faster than 50 mph on a donut.

How Should I Drive with a Donut Tire?

Because donuts are only stopgaps before you get to a service center for a full-size tire replacement, your vehicle’s performance will likely be compromised when you’re driving on one. Take the following precautions when driving with a donut:

  • Be ready for compromised handling, cornering, and braking.
  • Drive slower, generally no more than 50 mph.
  • Beware that your traction and stability control systems won’t be working properly.
  • Make sure the tire pressure is where it needs to be.
Changing a tire

Where Can I Get My Donut Replaced?

Get your donut replaced quickly, easily, and affordably when you bring it into the Honda service center at Valley Honda, where we have a rotating selection of tire specials to help you save more on your purchase. Whether you’re in Oswego, Naperville, or elsewhere in Chicagoland, we can help you with all of your auto service needs. Come see us today in Valley Honda, IL, or contact us online!

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