There are several different types of spare tire to choose from, each with their own benefits:
A full-size tire that matches the current ones on your vehicle. If you're using a full-size matching tire as your spare, remember to make it part of your vehicle's tire rotation pattern.
A full-size tire that may have a different wheel and be a different size to those you already have. If you have one of these, it shouldn’t be a part of your vehicle's tire rotation pattern.
Note: please check that this is permitted under law. Some national legislation may require you to have identical tires fitted on the same axle.
A lightweight tire with a shallow tread depth. It should match your vehicle's tire size specifications but you should only use it as a spare.
A lightweight tire with a shallow tread depth. It’s smaller than both standard and temporary spare tires and requires a higher inflation pressure – generally 60 psi.
An inflatable or collapsible temporary spare tire.
Goodyear has also developed RunOnFlat tires.
You can use these tires if your tires are losing air, or even when they are fully deflated. They have a maximum speed when deflated of 50mph/80kph and can be used for up to 50 miles/80km.
Not all new vehicles come with a spare tire, so you might want to consider purchasing one when you buy your car. Don’t forget that you can always ask an expert for advice if you’re not sure what kind of spare tire is right for you. Take a look at our dealer locator to find out where you can buy Goodyear tires near you.
Before you use your spare tire, remember to:
When choosing a spare tire, think about where you’re going to store it. See our list of spare tire types above to get an idea on the amount of space required for each.
Chances are, if you need to use your spare tire, you'll need to know how to change the flat in the first place. Check out the fix a flat page for a simple guide on changing tires.