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The pros and cons of space saver tyres

10 Mar 2015  Written By: Beaurepaires

Space saver tyres are still a hot topic of debate in the tyre and automotive industry. Find out the pros and cons of space saver tyres from Beaurepaires.

Over the last decade, temporary use spare tyres have become incredibly popular in Australia. They go by many different aliases– spare tyres, space saver tyres, and TUSTs, to name a few – but all refer to the same object. While they tend to feature in newer vehicles that are compact or that don’t boast a lot of room in the trunk, they’re also becoming increasingly available in larger vehicles such as 4WDs. You may even have one tucked away in your own car.  

While temporary use spare tyres were created as a means of convenience, the automotive industry’s opinion remains somewhat divided on the benefits of this invention. The general rule is that it’s crucial for each driver to conduct their own research into the suitability of temporary spare tyres for the specific car models they own.

Here at Beaurepaires, we did our own digging to find out the pros and cons of temporary spare use tyres. Hopefully, this will help you to make a more informed choice!

The pros of temporary spare use tyres

Temporary use or space saver tyres were created as a smaller and lighter alternative to full-size spare tyres, to suit vehicles with limited boot space. As such, temporary spare use tyres provide peace of mind in preparation for any tyre punctures or other accidents which may occur unexpectedly. They don’t demand the space of a full-size spare tyre or weigh the vehicle down unnecessarily, the latter of which can incrementally increase fuel consumption and exhaust emissions over time.

There are also the cost benefits to consider. Because space saver tyres are only intended for temporary use until a proper tyre can be refitted, they are in many cases more affordable than full-size spare tyres. This may be prove to be a particular benefit for owners of luxury vehicles or sports cars that require expensive tyres.

The cons of temporary spare use tyres

Temporary spare use tyres do have some limitations. First and foremost, they have a shorter life expectancy and can only travel an approximate distance of 450km maximum before needing to be changed. Furthermore, driving with a temporary spare in use can compromise the functionality and emergency handling of your vehicle. You may find it harder to keep your car stable and controlled when swerving or turning a corner, your traction may be affected, and your braking distance may also increase.  This is why it’s important for this tyre to be swapped out for a more permanent counterpart as soon as possible.

So while temporary use spare tyres may be convenient in other ways, the fact that they can affect the safety of your vehicle is a big deterrent for many people.

For your consideration

Ultimately, the decision is up to you. If space is precious in your vehicle, you may find it completely necessary to have a space saver tyre as a backup instead of a full-size spare. On the other hand, those who have a bigger boot will have more options and be able to choose as they please.

If you do decide to invest in a temporary use spare tyre, it’s important to conduct your own research and find the right type for you and your car model. Being aware of this tyre’s limitations will also ensure you’re more informed and prepared if you ever suffer an unexpected puncture and find yourself needing to drive with your temporary use spare tyre installed.

Unsure if temporary spare use tyres are for you? Feel free to reach out to your local Beaurepaires dealer for their expert opinion.