How a Compact Temporary Tire Differs from a Full-Sized Spare Tire

The service team at DCH Honda of Mission Valley in San Diego, CA wants to remind drivers to be sure they have a spare tire in the trunk that is properly inflated and in good condition. They also want you to understand that there is a difference between carrying a compact temporary tire, often called a donut, and a full-sized spare tire.

If you choose to carry a compact temporary tire to save weight and space in the trunk, understand its pressure is much higher than a full-sized spare and it cannot be used to drive over 50 mph. Your braking and traction performance will also be affected when driving with a compact temporary.

A full-size matching spare tire can replace a blown tire in rotation with your other tires. A full-size spare is the fifth tire in a set of tires and provides a long-term solution when a tire blows rather than a temporary fix.

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