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Can you drive fully loaded with a space-saver wheel?

A fallback solution in the event of a puncture, the spacer wheels allow you to continue driving temporarily. But they meet certain constraints in terms of speed, distance and total authorized weight.

In France, the use of a space-saver type spare wheel is authorized, but there are some limitations to consider. A space wheel is a thinner and lighter temporary spare wheel than a normal wheel, designed to be used at low speed and over a short distance. until you can have the damaged wheel repaired or replaced. It responds to several constraints, of which here are the main ones.

Driving with a wheel: the rules to know

  • Speed ​​limits : In general, you should only not exceed 80 km/h with a pancake wheel. The maximum authorized speed may vary depending on the train on which the wheel is mounted (front or rear). But also the GVW of your vehicle. Check the manufacturer’s manual if in doubt.
  • Distance : A spacer wheel should only be used over a limited distancegenerally recommended for about 200 km maximum. The goal is to get you to a garage or repair center. To repair or replace the damaged wheel.
  • Road holding : The spare wheels are most of the time a different size from the other tires of your vehicle. Therefore, prolonged use of the space-saver wheel can cause handling, traction, and other problems.
  • Charge maximale: The pad is designed to support the weight of the car, even at its maximum payload. On the other hand, as the mandatory information on its sides stipulates, it is imperative to ensure that the recommended inflation pressure is respected. It is also necessary to be careful, in particular in volume of load, handling and braking being clearly affected. The best, if you are rather loaded, is to use it only for a few kilometers, to have it replaced quickly.

Pay attention to the tire pressure!

Having under-inflated or over-inflated car wheels also presents risks! Under-inflated tires reduce stability and handling. They cause uneven wear and tire overheating. The increased resistance increases fuel consumption and actually decreases your car’s traction. Conversely, overinflated tires can cause bursts, reduce grip and comfort, and accelerate wear in the center of the tire. It is crucial to maintain tire pressure at recommended levels by the vehicle manufacturer to avoid these problems. Recommended pressures are generally available in the owner’s manual, on the driver’s door or under the hood. Regular tire pressure checks will improve the safety and durability of your tyres, to avoid all these inconveniences…

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