Care for your spare.
With the summer season fast approaching, many people are turning their attention to planning a holiday getaway.
Preparing for a road trip takes time and consideration. Before hitting the open roads, it is important to check your spare tyre.
Tyre pressures - don’t forget the spare!
All tyres lose pressure over time. In fact, a tyre can lose anywhere between 1 and 3 psi (pounds per square inch) each month. This is why it is so important to make maintaining correct tyre pressures part of your regular vehicle maintenance. Ideally, you should check, and adjust as required, your tyre pressures each month and always be mindful to check the spare tyre too.
Do you know what kind of spare tyre you have?
These days, regardless of whether you drive a car, SUV or 4WD - there are several types of spare tyres and it’s important to know which kind your vehicle is equipped with. Spare tyres range from:
Full size spare: this is identical to the other tyres on your vehicle. If this is the kind of spare tyre that your vehicle is equipped with, it is recommended that you include the spare tyre in your tyre rotation schedule to promote even tread wear.
Full size temporary spare: this is a full size wheel mounted with a lightweight, light duty tyre. It operates like a regular tyre but is not intended for prolonged use. It has less tread depth, is not as durable and will require replacing soon after it has been in use.
Space saver: lighter and smaller than a regular tyre, it’s specially constructed tyre and rim combination comes as standard equipment in many vehicles. It’s intended for temporary use only and most space saver tyres have a limited top speed of 80km/h. The perceived benefit of a space saver tyre is that it takes up less space, is easier to lift in and out of the vehicle and doesn’t impact significantly on fuel economy.
Run flat: If your car is fitted with run flat tyres, it can eliminate the need to carry a spare tyre. If you are unfortunate enough to experience a tyre puncture, a run flat tyre can keep your vehicle mobile for distances up to 80 kilometers, at up to 80km/h. This can enable you to find a suitable location to change the damaged tyre.
Are you equipped to change a flat tyre?
Take the time to ensure that your vehicle is fully equipped with the necessary tools for changing a spare tyre.
- Spare tyre
- Vehicle manual
- Wheel brace
Whenever possible, ensure that your vehicle is in a safe location before you attempt to change the tyre and make sure you have the hazard lights on to alert other road users. Your vehicle manual will clearly illustrate the required steps to change the damaged tyre. It is a good idea to familiarise yourself with this information.
Repair or replace your damaged tyre
If you are unfortunate enough to experience a flat tyre, ensure that you have the damaged tyre repaired or replaced as soon as possible. This will mean you are well equipped in case of another emergency.
If a repair is a viable option, it is important to have the work completed by a qualified technician. BestDrive can assess your tyre damage and determine whether there is any internal damage. In instances where a repair is not an option, BestDrive supply and fit a great range of tyres from budget through to premium, from trusted brands including Continental, Kumho and Hifly.
If you have a spare tyre that needs to be repaired or replaced, contact your local BestDrive store today.
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