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Spare tyres

Continental's spare tyres save space and reduce weight

Spare Tyre

No matter how good of a driver you are, it is nearly impossible to avoid everything that could potentially puncture your tyre when on the road. It is always a good idea to check what kind of spare wheel your car comes equipped with and to research if the tyre is the best type to suit your needs. 

Continuous mobility – even in the case of a puncture.

Continental’s spare tyres are designed for temporary and limited use in the event of a flat tyre. They are approved for speeds up to 50 mph (80 km/h).

We produce spare tyres in many dimensions and types for all of the most commonly driven vehicles, from compacts and standard-sized saloon cars right up to heavy off-road vehicles.

Many automotive producers equip their vehicles with our spare tyres in order to expand the cargo area for better storage or to allow room for alternative drive systems. Less weight in a car also leads to better fuel economy, which means that our space-saving tyres save you money.

Continental temporary spare wheels fit neatly in your vehicle’s boot or other cargo space. It can be hard to find room for everything you need to lug around in your vehicle, but every driver should keep a compact or full-sized spare wheel at all times, as part of a flat tyre safety kit. Run-flat tyres are an exception to the rule, so make sure you know whether you have those fitted on your vehicle.

Continental temporary spare tyres come in different sizes depending on several factors, including your vehicle’s weight. Make sure you ask the service advisor at your dealership which one is right for you. 

Driving on a spare

In order to avoid further damage to your car and to keep you, your passengers and other drivers safe, it is important to make sure you use spare tyres properly. 

  • Make sure the spare wheel is inflated properly.
  • Before it is fitted onto the car, make sure there is no damage to the tread or sidewall.
  • Drive at a reduced speed according to the limits stated on the wheel. This is especially true for temporary spare tyres.
  • Use spares, other than full-size normal tyres, as temporary solutions to get your car to a dealer or professional.

Getting a flat is not a surprise most people want, but with the right preparation you can avoid injuries and further damage to your car. It is also a good idea to check local laws or MOT regulations to make sure you are compliant with all regulations and legal requirements.


Spare tyres and other solutions

Full-size matching spare – a full-size spare wheel that matches your other tyres and is part of your vehicle’s rotation schedule.

  • Full-size non-matching spare – a full-size wheel that might be a different type or have a different size. It is not a part of your rotation schedule.
  • Full-size temporary spare – a full-size tyre with a shallow tread depth that should only be used on a temporary basis.
  • Compact temporary spare – a smaller, lightweight, tyre with a higher pressure rating that should only be used on a temporary basis.
  • Folding temporary spare – an inflatable or collapsible temporary wheel that should only be used for a short time.
  • Run-flat tyres – a tyre that allows you to keep driving at a lower speed after a puncture, without having to fit the car with a spare wheel. These tyres use a tyre pressure monitoring system to help you monitor air pressure.
  • Puncture repair kit – a can of compressed air and puncture repair sealant that fills the tyre. This is a temporary solution and will require the purchase of a new tyre, as many tyre repair professionals will not repair a tyre that has been filled with sealant.

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