Should A Spare Tire Go On The Front Or Back Of A Car?

September 12th, 2018 by

If you have a flat tire, you may think that you should just go ahead and throw a spare on and go back to driving, but that’s not always the case. For instance, did you know that it can be dangerous to put a spare tire on the front of a car? Take a look below to learn more about spare tires, whether they should go on the front or back, and more!

Why you should avoid putting a spare tire on the front of a car

So why exactly is it important to avoid putting a spare on the front of a vehicle? Basically, it comes down to a few basic reasons. The first is that many vehicles actually weigh more in the front than in the rear. Second, your car relies heavily on your front tires for braking and if you have a doughnut spare instead of a full-size tire, you won’t be able to stop as quickly or as straight. The front tires are also what your car uses when it needs to turn (in most cars, at least) and this will be thrown off a bit by a doughnut spare. And finally, having two different sized tires in the front of your car could actually lead to further damage is driven enough.

How long can you drive on a spare?

It should be your goal to drive as little and as slow as possible on a spare if it isn’t a full-size tire. Your spare tire will likely have some info on it, such as how fast it is rated to go, but in general, we recommend staying well below highway speeds where possible. It may also have a max distance rating, but here we recommend not driving more than 50 total miles – and much fewer if possible!

Should I put a spare on the front or tow my car?

If you don’t have time to move a full-size wheel to the front and to put a spare on the back, then you’ve got a difficult choice. The safer option is towing your car to the nearest shop, though. If you had to go just a couple of miles at low speed, putting a spare on the front may be ok.

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