Have you ever had to use your spare tire and wondered how long you could drive before you had to get to a mechanic to have them put a regular tire on or put a patch on the hole? Many people have been in your predicament, and at Short-Redmond Ford in La Follette, TN, we want to clear up some of the confusion.

First of all, there are several types of spare tires. You might have a full-size spare tire, which doesn't need to be switched out at all because it's just like your other four tires. In fact, you can even throw it into the regular rotation of your tires.

Another common type of spare tire is the compact temporary tire, which should be changed out at soon as you can get to a mechanic. This type of tire is much thinner and has less tread, so you also usually need to drive at slower speeds.

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