What is the difference between a compact temporary and a full-size spare tire?

These days, there's more than one type of spare tire to choose from. There are traditional compact temporary spares, aka 'donuts', but now there are also full-sized spares. A compact temporary spare takes up less storage space in your vehicle. But these tires are designed for slow speeds and have very shallow treads. They need to be replaced as soon as possible.

Full-sized spares come in two varieties. The first is a matching spare. That means it is the same as your other tires. If you use a full-sized matching spare, you can even rotate it with your other tires. If you do this, make sure to buy 5 tires when you replace them. A full-sized non-matching spare is the right size but not an ideal fit for your vehicle. If you use one of these, don't rotate it in.

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