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

You may wonder what the difference is between spare tires so long as they both get you off the road and to a service station. There is, however, a significant difference between the two types of tires. A compact temporary spare is a small tire to be used only in emergency situations. A full-size spare is a regular tire.

If you have a passenger car, you have an option between the two. The compact tire is lightweight and has limited tread. You’ll need to drive at a reduced speed to operate with it safely. It’s a good option if you just want something temporarily. It isn’t large or strong enough to handle the weight of a larger vehicle, such as an SUV or a pick-up. The full-size spare is recommended for any vehicle as a safer alternative. Just remember that you have a flat that needs to be repaired.

If you have questions about the right tire for your vehicle, don’t hesitate to come to our service center at Hawk Ford of Oak Lawn in Oak Lawn, IL. We’re here to help.

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