How Long Can You Drive On A Donut (And Why)?

Exact Answer: Up To 50 Miles To 70 Miles

There are a couple of factors that determine how long one should drive in a donut tire. These factors could be the type of place where the vehicle is being driven, the amount of load ok the vehicle, the quality of the donut tire, and other such factors that can determine the distance that should be covered while driving on a donut.

However, among all these factors, there is a factor that probably plays the most major role in determining the time for how long one should drive the vehicle being on a donut tire. The factor is where the donut tire is placed in the vehicle.

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How Long Can You Drive On A Donut?

Placement Of The Donut On The VehicleDistance
Front-wheel area50 miles to 55 miles
Back-wheel area60 miles to 70 miles
Middle-wheel area55 miles to 60 miles

There are majorly 2 parts of a vehicle where a donut tire can be placed, that is, the front wheel side, and the back wheel side. Although, there could be cases where a vehicle has more than 2 pairs of tire placements such as big trucks, towing vehicles, and more. In such cases, the assumed places where a donut tire can be placed are taken as the middle part, apart from the front wheel part and the back wheel part.

When a tire is placed in the front wheel part of the vehicle then the vehicle should be least driven in terms of distance, least in terms of time, and least in terms of speed as well. On average, when the donut tire is on the front wheel part of the vehicle then it should only be driven for about 50 miles to 55 miles only. 

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The major reason behind that is because the weight of the vehicle is maximum on the front side of the vehicle as the engine of the vehicle is on the front side of the vehicle only and the weight of the driver so applies on the front side only. Due to mode weight on the front side of the vehicle, the functionality of the donut tire reduces and thus the distance for how long a vehicle can be driven when the din is on the front wheel side is reduced.

Moreover, talking about the case when the donut tire is on the backside of the vehicle, then the distance for how long the vehicle should be driven ranges between a minimum of 60 miles to a maximum of 70 miles.

Lastly, if the donut tire is on the middle part of the vehicle, then the distance covered by the car should be about 55 miles to a maximum of 60 miles. 

Why Does It Take That Long To Drive On A Donut?

It is generally believed and always said that driving on a donut should only be for a limited time, for a limited distance, and for a limited time. Moreover, it is true as well that driving on a donut tire should be limited, else not just the driving experience would be hindered, but many inconveniences can be caused while driving as well.

On average, professionals say that one should drive on a donut tire only for a minimum of 50 miles to a maximum of 70 miles only. One should never exceed the distance limit over 70 miles if it is not an extreme case where no other option is available. 

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It is quite obvious that if the condition of the road on which the vehicle is being driven is good which has no conditions like bumps, rocky surface, turns, but just a straight road then one can easily drive the car on a donut tire for a longer duration of time.

Conclusion

If a car gets driven on a donut tire for a prolonged duration of time then many driving inconveniences are faced by the driver, such as the drives somewhat losing the proper stability over the car, the braking system does not work properly and efficiently, and the car becomes difficult to handle as well. Thus, it is important not to drive the car on a donut for over 70 miles.

References

  1. https://www.osapublishing.org/abstract.cfm?uri=oe-22-16-19692
  2. https://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1007/s11440-012-0197-0.pdf