Not every vehicle these days comes with a full-size spare tire that matches the size of the four tires on the axels. Some are sold with a compact temporary spare tire, sometimes known as a donut. A compact temporary spare has a number of limitations of which you should be aware if you have one riding in your trunk. Not only is it smaller than a full-size spare, it is usually lighter in weight with a shallower tread depth.

Compact temporary spares are meant for emergency use in Charleston. Drive on them only for a limited amount of time until your tire is fixed or replaced. Note that full-size spares come in several types: matching, non-matching and temporary lightweight spares, each with different characteristics.

Learn more about the different types of tires that you can carry in your vehicle by consulting the technicians in the service department at Rick Hendrick BMW Charleston.

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