Checking the Quality of a Spare Tyre

Many people will carry a spare tyre with them when they are driving. We are all taught the importance of this when we are learning to drive. However, how often do we check the quality of the spare tyre? Is it actually usable should we have an emergency and need to fit the tyre to the car?

If a spare tyre is brand new, just cast an eye over it to make sure it all looks as it should. Make sure there are no chunks or rubber missing from the tyre or any other obvious defects. If the tyre is not new, you may want to try it out on a vehicle to make sure it is functional. You should be satisfied that you are happy to use it should you need to. When renting a car, make sure it comes with a spare tyre and look the tyre over before you leave with the car.